Debbie Whetona Walker Dolese, 88, of St. Simons Island, and formerly Newington, Ga., passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 at Magnolia Manor.
Debbie was one of three children born in Newington, Ga., to parents Joseph and Corrie Coursey Walker. The family moved to St. Simons in the early 1940s. Debbie attended St. Simons Island Elementary School and was a graduate of Glynn Academy. She met and married U.S. Coast Guardsman Raymond Dolese in the '50s, and the couple began their love for traveling the world while he was in the service. After he retired, the couple moved back to St. Simons Island. After many years, they moved back to Debbie's hometown of Newington, where they purchased a home in the country. Debbie could do anything! She was independent and outspoken and these attributes served her well. She was an active member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, loved playing cards, gardening and animals of all types. She loved horseback riding and was known for having a giving, helping heart. After Raymond's death, Debbie remained in the country until her health began to decline and she returned to her beloved St. Simons Island.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Raymond F. Dolese Jr.; and her brother, Joseph William "Bill" Walker.
Debbie is survived by her sister, Margaret "Jerry" Sarro of St. Simons Island; two nieces and their husbands, Margaret and Mike Force of Brunswick and Debbie and Bruce Bowman of Franklin, Tenn.; three great-nieces and their husbands, Chele and Jon Lyons of St. Simons Island, Anna and Jay Adair of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Rachel and Shawn Scott of Franklin, Tenn.; a great-nephew, Jimmy Goodis of St. Simons Island; two great-great nieces, Shannon Silva and Lexie Floyd; three great-great nephews, Nick Silva and Conner and Bennett Floyd; cousins, Larry and Janice Dugger, Norma Jean and Ashley Morgan and Andy Burns; as well as several other family members.
Visitation will be held from 12:30-1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, in Sylvania, Ga. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. in the church with the Rev. Lou Lussier officiating. Burial will follow in Newington City Cemetery.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the staff at Magnolia Manor for taking such great care of Debbie for the past few years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Magnolia Manor of St. Simons, 2255 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, www.edomillerandsons.com
, is in charge of all arrangements.
The Brunswick News, December 1, 2021
Published by The Brunswick News on Dec. 1, 2021.