Doris Eugena Taylor Dowdy, one of twelve children, was born in Savageville, Virginia on October 9, 1932. She was the beloved daughter of Ambrose and Marion Taylor. Doris departed this life at Riverside Memorial Hospital in Onancock, Virginia at the age of 86. She was active and lucid to the very end of her life and for this we give all praise to God.
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Doris attended public schools in Accomack County, where she was the valedictorian of her high school class. She went on to continue her education at Virginia State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree, followed by receiving her Master’s Degree in Communication from Norfolk State University. Doris returned to Accomack County Public Schools where she served as an educator for thirty-six years-encouraging and impacting the lives of her countless students.
Doris met and fell in love with John R. Dowdy. They were married and made their home in Daugherty, Virginia. Two children, Johnetta and John T., were born from this union. Doris made everyone she came into contact with feel welcomed. She loved reading, playing card games, wearing her fancy church hats, and cooking. Her macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, ribs, and sweet potato pies were a family favorite.
Doris also enjoyed being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was initiated into the Alpha Eta Chapter in 1951 and took pride in being a Charter Member of the Accomack-Northampton Alumnae Chapter. Doris remained an active member until her health began to decline.
Doris was a faithful member of Gaskins Chapel AME Church for over fifty years, where she was a Stewardess. Although she held many titles, her biggest accomplishment was being a grandmother. She poured her all into the lives of her grandchildren.
Doris lived a full and happy life. She truly loved her family and community. Her faith in God was ever present, her smile never wavered, and she never complained. Her hugs, kisses, and cooking will be greatly missed.
Doris leaves to cherish fond memories: her loving children, Johnetta Dowdy, John T. Dowdy (Michelle), and Vernon Williams; seven grandchildren, Shamara Williams (Kenneth), Shomari Dowdy, Myles Stone-Dowdy, Sakara Bey, Marquis Stone-Dowdy, Centoria Fisher (Immanuel), and LaRhonda Fletcher; four great-grandchildren, Emalynn Fisher, Taylor Fisher, Kinsley Williams, and Kennedy Williams; six siblings, Mary Hatton (William), Marion Keesee, Julia Ward, Sheila Williams (Lindsey), Anita Selby, and Gregory Taylor (Sheila); and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Doris was preceded in death by her devoted husband, John R. Dowdy; two brothers, Theodore Taylor and Paige Giddings; and three sisters, Thelma Bailey, Elsie Dennis, and Shirley McClain.