Dr. Dorothy “Dot” J. Benford was born October 6, 1942 the second child of four to the late Willie Benford, Sr. and Blanche Coleman Benford. Dorothy accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at White Baptist Church in Holly Buff, Mississippi.
She graduated from Lanier High School and attended Jackson State University. Later she received her undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College and her masters from the University of Mississippi. Ultimately, she received an earned doctorate from Mississippi State University.
She taught in the Jackson Public Schools system at Blackburn Junior High and Jim Hill High School respectfully. She furthered her teaching career serving as a professor of Political Science, American Government, And History at Mary Holmes Junior College in West Point, MS. Later she returned to Jackson, Mississippi to serve as the curator of history for the Manship House and the Old Capitol Museum.
As an entrepreneur, she owned and operated The Grace Personal Care Home and Independent Living Center where she was high loved and respected by the community. In addition to serving the community as a caregiver, she was a strong community activist and a longtime member of both the Democratic Party and the NAACP.
Dorothy never met a stranger and gave to countless families in our community. She was never short on the resources she shared as she was a friend and defender to those who could not defend or care for themselves.
She was preceded in death by Billie Ray Benford, Ollie Benford, and her former husband, Eugene Dorsey, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories, her sons: Dolph Dorsey and Dwight Dorsey; grandchildren: Dominique Dorsey, Timothy Henry, Destiny Moore, Dwight Dorsey, Jr. and Tony; her only living brother, Reverend Willie Benford, Jr. and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service for Dr. Dorothy “Dot” J. Benford will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Peoples Funeral Home Chapel, 886 North Farish Street, Jackson, Mississippi.
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