|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1917|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 2008|
Dorothy Armstrong Allen, 90, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at the Laurel's Nursing Facility.
She was born to Rufus and Kizzie Weaver Armstrong on November 15, 1917, in Norfolk, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Benjamin Allen II; four brothers, Elmo, Alphonso, Eli and Rufus; and three sisters, Sarah, Geneva and Bernice.
Dorothy Armstrong Allen, was a native of Norfolk, Virginia. She was educated in the public school system in Norfolk, graduating from Booker T. Washington High school. Dorothy attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) where she majored in Library Science and Child Psychology and spent a summer training in Atlanta Georgia at Atlanta University, School of Library Science.
At eight years of age, upon her profession of faith, Dorothy was baptized and joined Bank Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. As a young child she was very active in the church, working with the Junior Missionaries, Baptist Young Peoples Union and Sunday School. As a teenager she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and faithfully served as a Primary Class Teacher for 11 years.
In 1939, Dorothy married the late Ernest Benjamin Allen II and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. She resided in Charlottesville until her death. Dorothy joined First Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Reverend Benjamin F. Bunn, and remained a member over the last 50 years. As a First Baptist Church member she served in many capacities, including Sunday school and Vacation Bible school teacher. Dorothy dedicated her life to mission work; she led the Junior Red Missionary Circle, and was a charter member of the Susie Lawson Farrar Missionary Circle. She served as president of the Senior Missionary Society for over 12 years.
In 1980, she was one of the first two women to be ordained as a Deacon in First Baptist Church. Dorothy first attended the Baptist General Convention of Virginia (BGC) (formerly the Baptist Allied Bodies) when she was eight years old, and continued to attend sessions for over seventy years. She held the office of Area Chairperson and in 1976 she was elected as Vice President of the Division of Women, serving in this capacity for three years. In 1979, she was elected President of the Division of Women and served in this role for two years. Throughout her years of service in these roles Dorothy traveled across the state of Virginia promoting missions and Christian service.
Dorothy served on the Executive and General Boards of the Baptist General Convention committee for the BGC Women's Division Handbook; was Chairman of the Past Presidents Council for the Division of Women; she served as a representative at the Virginia Council of Churches; attended the Baptist World Alliance in Canada and has assisted in numerous workshops and training seminars across the state. In 1992, Dorothy was the recipient of The Pioneer Award from the Baptist General Convention. Dorothy's love of God, Church and Missions have been exemplified by her work.
Dorothy worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center in the Medical Records Department as a Medical Records Coder for 31 years and six years at the Martha Jefferson Hospital Medical Records Department. She retired in 1990 and devoted her time to Christian service, and enjoying the company of family and friends.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Jeanette Adams; two sons, Ernest Allen III and his wife, Carolyn, of Charlottesville, Franklin Allen and his wife, Cynthia, of New Carrollton, Maryland; a devoted granddaughter, Darlene Adams and Bryant Yates of Charlottesville; granddaughter's, Talhia Allen of Nashville, Tennessee, Ashley Allen of New York City, New York, and Alexis Pate of New Carrollton, Maryland; two grandsons, Ernest Allen IV and his wife, Lucy, of Keswick, Eric Allen and his wife, Denise, of Palmyra, Katrina R. Brown of Charlottesville, and Margaret Rose Jackson-Whitsett of Montclaire, New Jersey; 10 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Ben, Christopher, Corey, Myles, Zyon, Lydris, Nicole, Erica and Jordon; three great-great-grandchildren, Ta'zhon, Khalil and Ashton; a Godchild, Tre' Claiborne; two nieces, Jacqueline Matthews and her husband, Fred, and Mary McHenry of Washington, D.C.; five nephews, Raymond Lightfoot of Montross, Virginia, Herman Lightfoot of Washington, D.C., Leroy and Sharon West of New Roselle, New Jersey, Derrick and Elizabeth Allen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Keith and Darcella Allen of Sioux City, Iowa; a devoted friend, Patricia Daniels; a special "daughter in Christ", Arnetta Denard Jenkins; special caregiver Barbara Fleming; extended family, loyal friends: Geneva McCall, William Randolph, Robbie Burton, Ophelia Smith, Annie Merritt, Dorothy Palmer, Florence Bryant, Julia Preston, and a host of other caring friends.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008, at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street, with the Reverend Lavert Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, August 1, 2008, at the funeral home.
A very special thanks to the staff of Laurel's Nursing Facility for their professional, loving care.
In lieu of flowers, family request donations be sent to Missions Ministry c/o First Baptist Church-Charlottesville, VA 22903.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements www.jfbellfuneralhome.com
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