Dorothy Rae Keith, 79, was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Bradley County to the late William H. Rogers and Elizabeth Julia Gash Rogers.
She was called home by her Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Keith; sister, Evelyn Francis Tillery; stepson, Buford Keith; and her beloved nephew, Paul Tillery.
She retired from Cleveland Natural Gas after 24 years of service. She joined Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church at an early age and was a faithful lifelong member. She faithfully served her Lord and church family as a deaconess, Sunday School superintendent, trustee and missionary; she was also a member of the Aldersgate Garden Club of Cleveland. and was a matriarch of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She leaves to cherish her sweet memories five children and their spouses: William “Bill” (Pamela) Rogers, Julia (the Rev. William) Chandler, the Rev. Charles (Belinda) Roger, all of Cleveland, Preston Rogers (Linda) of Chattanooga and Walter (Desha) Rogers, a United States Navy retired commander, of Georgetown; grandchildren who will forever cherish her memories: Denise (Jeff) Talley, Tyron (Lisa) Rogers, Monica Rogers, the Rev. William Anthony Rogers, Alphonso, Taylor, and Ashanti Rogers, Alejandro Lopez and Mariela Brown; great-grandchildren: McKenzie and Jaden Talley and Josiah Rogers; her beloved nieces and nephews: Frank Tillery, Elizabeth (Roderick) McColley, Ellen Tillery, Nazir, John, Morris, Rodney, and Yvette Keith; and she is also cherished by a host of extended family including special cousins: Brent and Robin Sanders, James “Mote” Cates; special friends, including her pastor the Rev. Teresa Oglesby, long-time neighbor Lillian Gaines, Azella Smith, Brenda Jarrett, Freddy Pugh, Sharon, Lauren and Donnell (Meagan) Goode.
Her body may be viewed Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., at Patton Funeral Home Chapel, 265 Fair St.S.E. Cleveland.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 11 a.m. until noon, service time at Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church 254 Dooley St., Cleveland. The Rev. Teresa Oglesby will be the eulogist.
Interment will follow at Fort Hill Cemetery. The service will conclude with full white dove release.