DOROTHY RHEA WILKINS ARRINGTON was born on May 17, 1930, in Enfield, North Carolina, and was the eldest of the ten children of the late Roosevelt Wilkins and Mayomie Richardson Wilkins. She answered God’s call from labor to reward on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at her home in Littleton, North Carolina.
During her early life, Dorothy and her family attended Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister, North Carolina, with their mother. Many years later, she joined her father’s church, Wayman AME Church in Enfield, North Carolina, where she faithfully attended and participated in Sunday school and weekly Bible study, served on the Usher Board, Trustee Board, and volunteered with the Missionaries until ill health prevailed. She would also chaperone her granddaughter, Maria, and other church youth to the Young People’s Division (YPD) and Sunday School Conventions for the AME church.
Her formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and prior to integration, she attended Eastman, Wayman Church, and Bear Swamp Schools.
On January 4, 1947, Dorothy was united in marriage to Robert Lee Arrington, who preceded her in death. God blessed this union with five children. She was an industrious, caring, and God-fearing woman who helped to provide for her family by working as a domestic, in farming, in the textile manufacturing industries with the J.P. Stevens Company, and with the Southeast Muffler Company. She retired from the Halifax County Public School System as a bus driver after many years of dedicated service.
Dorothy also served the greater community of Halifax County as a former member of The Order of the Eastern Star Queen Esther Chapter No. 6 in Littleton, North Carolina. She loved reading her Bible, gardening with her “Green thumb”, visiting the sick and shut-ins, and lending a helping hand in any way she could for her family and community.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Charles Tony Wilcox; her brother, Oliver Wilkins, her sister, Carlotta Wilkins; and her son-in-law, Danny Parker.
Those remaining to forever cherish her precious memory and share the legacy of her love are her children, Raymond Arrington of Panama City, FL, Delores Parker of Rocky Mount, NC, Joyce Rodriguez (David) of Brooklyn, NY, Belinda Arrington (Frank) of Annapolis, MD, and Bernard Arrington (Sharon) of Hampton, VA; eight grandchildren, Maria (Tyrone), who was reared in the home, Steve (Stephanie), Reginald, LaWanda, David, Ivan (Liz), Bernard, Jr. (Rhonda), and Martay; sixteen great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jonathan, Ethan, Christopher, Jshon, Leah, Cierra, Jaquan, Destiny, MacKenzie, Desiree, Joseph, Rachelle, Amber, Leah, and Timothy; four great-great-grandchildren, Sirr James, Sa’rya, Michael, and Liam; her siblings, Lordly Wilkins of Baltimore, MD, Ellis Wilkins of Haverhill, MA, and Claudia Tiller (Roy), Wayne Wilkins (Doretha), and Evelyn Wilkins all of Columbia, MD, Marjean Wilkins of Connecticut, and AvaDean Solomon of Owings Mills, MD; her brother–in-law, Willie Arrington of Littleton, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends who will all miss her earthly presence.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in the chapel of the funeral home. Rev. R. Phillip Lynch, Sr. will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Wayman AME Church Cemetery, 7020 Wayman Church Road, Enfield, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 3:00-8:30 P.M.
In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to Wayman AME Church, PO Box 503, Enfield, NC, 27823.