Dorothy Mae (Griffin) Welch

Born: Sun., Sep. 2, 1934
Died: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 07, 2020
Location: Freewill Worship Center ~ Goodwater

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Tue., Jan. 07, 2020
Location: Freewill Worship Center ~ Goodwater

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Dorothy Mae Griffin was born September 2, 1934 in Clay County, Alabama to the union of the late Jeff and Annie Mae Bailey Griffin.

Dorothy Mae was educated in the Clay County School System and attended the Clay County Training School. She accepted Christ at a young age and attended New Hope Baptist Church where most of her family worshiped.

Dorothy Mae was united in holy matrimony to Frank Stripling. One son, Tommy, was born to this union. After Frank’s passing, Dorothy united with Barcellus Welch until the Lord called him home. Her later years, she enjoyed the companionship of Cozell Thomas.  Also in later years, Dorothy Mae rededicated her life to Christ, was baptized and united with Freewill Worship Center under the pastorate of Pastor Billy Wayne and Prophetess Lisa Simmons.

Dorothy Mae was known for her loving attributes as a care-taker especially that of children. She took care of many children from the dwelling of her own home and even raised some as her own. With caring for so many children, she had to know how to cook well and that she did. She was known for her dressing, teacakes, biscuits and creamed corn. Her favorite to cook though was chicken and dumplings. She also was quick on her feet. She often walked to different places in the community and would give you a good workout if you joined her.

Dorothy Mae traded in her walking shoes for two wings on December 31, 2019. She was preceeded in death by her parents; husbands; siblings, Maewill, Pearl, Mozell Robert, Kent and J. B.

Those left to cherish her memories are her son, Tommy Stripling (Mary), Carrollton, GA; sister, Irene Goggins, East Rutherford, NJ; grandchildren, Regina Stripling (Curtis) Hunter, Carrolton, GA, Tommy Terrell Sterling, Nashville, TN, Toniece Stripling (Antron), Carrolton, GA; step-grandchildren, Rena Hill, Shaundra Hill, Calvin Heflin, all of Carrollton, GA; great-grandchildren, Briana Caldwell, Tytianna Hunter, Cuteria Hunter, Jekalyn Stripling, Curtis Stripling, Ariyah Kidd, Breasia Sterling; special children, Preston Phillips, Fannie Bishop, Mattie Simmons; special grandchildren, Pam Thomas, Melissa Todd; special nieces, Carolyn Lindsey, Geanette Simmons; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Celebration of Life will be 1:00p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Freewill Worship Center, Goodwater, Pastor Billy Wayne Simmons, officiating, Prophetess Lisa Simmons, Eulogist. Interment will follow at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Barfield.Visitation with the family will be 12 Noon until time for the service.

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Evon Hardy
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
So sorry for ur loss she was one of a kind very sweet lady and she will always be missed

Maybell Welch
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
To the Family: I am sorry for your loss. Mrs. Dorothy Mae will always be remembered for her joyous laugh. My prayer for you Tommy is that the Lord will give you the strength to make it through this time. I know how close you were to your mother.This may seem like a storm, but God is the one who controls the elements. Be confident that God is in control of all things! Stay strong and rely on God's strength.

Love you all,
Maybell Welch & Family

Tanner Hospice
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Tanner Hospice Care staff would like to offer our condolences to you during this difficult time. We appreciate you trusting your loved one in our care.

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