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Dorothy Louise Jones
September 11, 1932 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Born on September 11, 1932, in Dallas, Texas, Dorothy Louise Jones dedicated her life to service, leaving an indelible mark on Stockton, California. A devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, she passed away surrounded by the love she so generously gave.
In a family of seventeen siblings, Dorothy's journey began in the embrace of her parents, Pastor Booker T. Hollins and Missionary Viola Hollins. Relocating to California, she became a trailblazer at Church Number One, where her passion for community service blossomed. Early endeavors included leadership roles in the N.A.A.C.P. and managing the Family Self-Sufficiency Program at the San Joaquin Housing Authority. In the 1960s, Dorothy became a catalyst for change in Southeast Stockton, advocating for vital resources and services. Her tireless efforts birthed landmarks like the Southeast Stockton Library and Peterson Park.
She founded S.U.C.C.E.S.S., an anti-drug organization for children, and co-founded the Black League of Voters. Dorothy's impact stretched beyond her professional achievements. A faithful member of the Greater White Rose Church of God in Christ for over 70 years, she served at local, Jurisdictional, and National levels, leaving an enduring legacy as an usher. Dorothy's community involvement was extensive, ranging from P.T.A. President to Director of Gemini, Inc. Her civic devotion earned her numerous awards, including the Liberty Bell and Rosa Parks Award of Excellence. In 2007, the Dorothy L. Jones Community & Health Center was named in her honor, a testament to her unwavering commitment to community welfare. Preceded in death by her parents, son, daughter, grandchildren, and siblings, Dorothy leaves behind a legacy of love and service. She is survived by sons Charles Leon Jones, Sr., Charlie Jones, Jr., and Cletus Thomas Jones; daughters Carol Marie Littlejohn (Jerry), Lorice Rigmaden, Geraldine Louise Eastland, Gwendolynn Overton (Darren), and Brendolynn Jones; as well her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, cherished friends and family. Dorothy Louise Jones will be remembered as a loyal Stocktonian, a faithful church member, and a profound woman of faith—a trailblazer whose impact resonates through the lives she touched.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at Greater White Rose Church, 2340 S. Pilgrim St., Stockton, CA.
The Celebration of Life will held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 1, 2023, at Victory In Praise Church, 2029 E. Harding Way, Stockton, CA.