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Dorothy Thomas Mobley

November 2, 2018

Mrs. Dorothy Thomas Mobley, a prominent educator of Savannah Chatham, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 02, 2018 at Candler Hospital. 

Dorothy Lee Thomas Mobley was born May 16, 1931 to the late Eugene and Marie Thomas.  She was one of eleven children who grew up in their nurturing home in Munnerlyn, GA. 

Dorothy received her early education in the Burke County School System. She later became a 1949 graduate of Boggs Academy.  After graduation, she attended Bennett College, receiving her B.S. in biology in 1953.

 Using her newfound knowledge and sense of adventure, Dorothy embarked on her first employment at a research facility in New York City.  After a short stay in New York, she returned south to begin her teaching career.  Imparting her wisdom to high school students at Waynesboro, Beach, and Windsor Forest High Schools, Dorothy impacted the lives of many young learners over the years.  She taught lessons in life as well as in the sciences.

“Dot” married her soulmate, Robert “Bob” Mobley, Sr., in 1959.  To this loving union, one cherished son, “Bobby”, was born.  Bobby thrived with the support of his doting mother and father. It was probably for her little boy that Dorothy honed her cooking skills. She was known for her fabulous desserts and would often make each family member their requested cake for their birthday.  Family was extremely important to “Auntie Dot”.

Accordingly, she was ecstatic to assume the role of “Grandma Dorothy” when her treasured granddaughter, Lauren, was born. Dot made frequent trips to Atlanta to visit and to attend Lauren’s school activities and birthday parties.  Often in the spring, the two would share their mutual love to “play in the dirt” by planting in Lauren’s garden or flower bed.

Dorothy joined the church at a young age and showed her faith by example through her works at Butler Presbyterian Church.  She rose to the status of Church Elder working actively in the Sunday School, Pickens Circle, Fellowship and Cultural Affairs Ministry, Mission Outreach Ministry, and Brown Bags Giveaway. Her faithful efforts were recognized when she was awarded the Butler Presbyterian Church 2017 “Woman of the Year” Award.

Dorothy was a woman of exceptional fortitude. This was sorely evidenced by her years of care for her ailing late husband, and by her own “near death” experience in August 2017 when she experienced complications following surgery. After surviving a cardiac arrest and 20 minutes of resuscitation, she rallied to return to her home by Easter Sunday 2018 and resumed “ruling the roost” as only she could.

Dorothy,unexpectedly, became critically ill on Saturday, October 20th after attending the funeral of her beloved sister, Mildred, in Augusta, Georgia. She never recovered and transitioned home to the Lord on Friday, November 2nd.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her siblings: Annie C. Smith, Delphine Zuber, Clarence Thomas, George Thomas, Lawrence Thomas, Herbert Thomas, and Mildred McDaniel.  Her husband of 44 years, Robert E. Mobley, Sr., passed in 2003.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory: loving son, Dr. Robert E. Mobley, Jr., daughter-in-law, Dr. Letitia M. Mobley, adored granddaughter, Lauren A. Mobley; sisters Mary Flournoy (Leroy), Eva Kinsey, and Dora Hunter; devoted nieces Sheila Mobley Zeigler and Brenda Mobley; loyal friend, Doris Stewart; goddaughter, Donna Woods, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, November 10, 2018 at

Butler Presbyterian Church 

603 West Victory Dr. 

Savannah, GA 31405

Burial ~ Magnolia Memorial Gardens

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