Dorothy "Dot"-Ferrell-Obituary

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Dorothy "Dot" Ferrell

Kingstree, South Carolina

Jul 8, 1923 – Aug 22, 2019


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Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, Inc - Kingstree Obituary

It is with deep regret and profound sorrow that we sadly announce the passing of Dorothy "Dot" Ferrell, age 96, of Salters, SC, who died Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Carlye Senior Care of Kingstree, SC.

Funeral services for Dorothy "Dot" Ferrell were held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4676 Williamsburg County Highway South, Salters, SC, where the pastor is Rev. David Woods, Jr. and Reverend John A. Sellers provided the eulogy. The interment followed at Porter-Ferrell Cemetery, Williamsburg County Highway South, Salters, SC.

 Life Reflections

       “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is Eternity.”

      On July 8, 1923, in Salters, South Carolina, Dorothy Winnie Brown was born to Lula Brown and raised by her grandparents, Reverend Daniel Brown and Ida Rivers Brown, as one of their own, all of whom preceded her in death.

    She received her formal education in Williamsburg County by attending Marion School in Salters, South Carolina.

     Dorothy has always known the importance of having a connection with God, as implanted by her family and the teachings at Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church in Salters, South Carolina, where her grandfather was the pastor. She later moved her church affiliation to St. Matthew Baptist Church in Salters, South Carolina.

     On February 3, 1963, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Leland    Ferrell, Jr, who preceded her in death. After marriage, she changed her church membership to Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Salters, South Carolina, and served faithfully along with her husband.  She was a member of the Deaconess Board, Pastor’s Aide, Usher Board, Missionary Society, Choir and Kitchen Committee. She was an active member of the Williamsburg Chapter # 341 Order of Eastern Star.  In July 2019 at the Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star meeting, in her absence, she was awarded the Order of Eastern Star fifty-year membership pin.

     Dorothy was a farmer while growing up and during her marriage.  Later, she worked as a cook with Lane Headstart in Lane, SC, which gave her great joy because she loved children and enjoyed cooking.

     Dot” or “Aunt Dot, as she was affectionately known by many, did not have any children of her own but mothered many. She lived with her sister and brother-in-law, the late Lydia and Deber McCottry and was the second mother to their four children. After marriage, she became an aunt to her husband’s nieces and helped raised the three youngest.

     Dot” / “Aunt Dot loved children and helped nurture many of the children in the Woodstock Community in which she lived. Her passion was cooking and inviting people to share Sunday dinner with her.   Whatever you wanted, she could and would cook, even though some were things that she did not eat.

    On Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the Carlyle Senior Care Center in Kingstree, South Carolina, God saw fit to relieve Dorothy Winnie Brown Ferrell of all life’s challenges. Her work on earth was completed at 12:10  AM and she took her long-awaited “train ride” to be with her God and those loved ones have gone before her.

     The life of “Aunt Dot” will remain dear to her loving and devoted nieces and nephews: Martha Salters of Lane, SC; Matthew D. (Gwendolyn) McCottry of Rosedale, NY; Carolyn E. McCottry of      Kingstree, SC; Karl M (Elisha) McCottry of Irmo, SC; Sarah Batts of  Jacksonville, NC; Willie (Mary Magdlean) Brown, Jr. of Kinley, NC; Willie Daniel Brown, Clest Brown and Frank Brown, all of Kingstree, SC; a very devoted grandnephew, Aarin Nelson who lived with her for thirteen years; one brother, Richard (Carol) Pedro of Ossining, NY; her husband’s loving nieces: Alvenia W. Rush, Ethel W. (Michael) Miller, Sharon W.(Jimmie) Chaple, Alfreda Whitfield and Brindel W. Peaker, all of New York; and Juanita (Thomas) Coletrain of Commerce, GA; a host of   grandnieces and grandnephews to whom she gave unconditional LOVE; goddaughter, Barbara Chandler of Florence, SC; a special friend, Virginia Riggins of Salters, SC; those who provided special care for her during her time of illness: grandnieces, Sonya Wilson of Salters, SC; Lakeisha Brown and Tierra Brown, both of Kingstree, SC; special friends, Elizabeth Driffin of Salters, SC and Oree McElveen Diaz of Kingstree, SC; one of her favorite persons, Presiding Elder Thomas “Tommy” Hughes of  Chicago, IL.

“Death is not a tragedy to those who live in Christ.  It is merely a homecoming.”










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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Aunt Dot has always been a pillar in the community. Her wisdom enlightened me and her caring sense of humor made me laugh out loud. She will surely be missed, but she is in a better place right now. Rest in peace!

I am so blessed to have known Aunt Dot. She treated me like her daughter
30 years ago when i was introduced to her by my husband Joseph Spann (Bone)
Our children sends their condolences. She will be missed. May her Soul Rest in Perfect Peace

Wonderful lady, will be missed.

A child of God gone home; He came and got an angel. Mrs. Ferrell was so kind and sweet. I pray the love of God surrounds you all during your journey through grief. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your lossmy thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.