Dorothy M. Lott, a beloved educator and pillar of the community, passed away in Falkville, Alabama on September 18, 2023. She was born on May 30, 1929, in Poplarville, Mississippi to proud parents Otelia and Delos Morrison.
Dorothy dedicated her life to the field of education, leaving a profound impact on the lives of countless students and colleagues. Her teaching career began in 1960 at Harrison Central Elementary, before she went on to serve an impressive 26 years as the principal of Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach. Her passion for shaping young minds extended far beyond school hours; she wholeheartedly believed that education was the cornerstone of a thriving community.
In addition to her professional achievements, Dorothy was deeply committed to her faith and church. As a faithful member of Long Beach Baptist Church for an astonishing 71 years, she found solace and guidance in her spiritual journey. She exemplified the teachings of kindness, compassion, and unwavering faith throughout her lifetime.
Dorothy will be remembered for her warm heart and infectious positivity. Those who knew her well can recollect her sage advice which she shared willingly with all whom she encountered: "Don't forget that God keeps his promises!" This simple yet profound message resonated deeply with everyone lucky enough to cross paths with Dorothy.
She pursued various volunteer opportunities throughout her life, actively engaging with different organizations in the community. Two particular endeavors close to her heart were the Long Beach food pantry and teaching clients of the Gulf Coast Literacy Council how to read and write English. Dorothy firmly believed that service to others was not only a responsibility but also a privilege.
Beyond her professional accomplishments and community involvement, Dorothy cherished time spent engaging in hobbies that brought her joy and fulfillment. She found solace in Bible Study as well as the art of baking. In fact, she took delight in creating her famous Peach Brandy pound cake, a culinary delight she lovingly shared with friends and family. She was also an avid reader and gardener.
After retiring in 1993, Dorothy continued to lead a purposeful life. She dedicated herself to raising her family and exploring new horizons. Along with her beloved late spouse, Cecil L. Lott Sr., Dorothy nurtured their son Cecil L. "Lee" Lott Jr., who served with distinction as a Colonel in the U.S. Army. The loss of her son weighed heavily upon her heart, but she always carried his memory with immense pride and cherished the precious time they had together.
Dorothy's proudest accomplishments extended beyond her professional life. She graduated from Poplarville High School before pursuing higher education at Pearl River Junior College, where she earned an associate's degree. Her thirst for knowledge led her to further academic pursuits at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she obtained both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. Dedicated to lifelong learning, she went on to earn an EdD, solidifying her commitment to educational excellence.
In later years, Dorothy's love for her family prompted a move from Long Beach to Hanceville, Alabama, where she resided to be closer to her daughter.
Dorothy leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. She is survived by her loving children Brenda Belote (Bill) of Gainesville, FL and Melba Campbell (Michael) of Hayden, AL and her sister Doris Howard of Poplarville, MS.
She was blessed with seven adoring grandchildren: James Campbell of Hayden, AL; Gena Miller (Shain) of Clanton, AL; Sagan Campbell (Daniel Reed) of Hayden, AL; Brandon Belote (Elizabeth) of Charlotte, NC; Brett Belote (Amy) of Cary, NC; Heather McNay (King) and Trent and Tyler Lott of Indianapolis, Indiana
Dorothy's great-grandchildren, Christopher Miller, Bentley Reed, Will Belote, Noah Belote, and Avery Belote.
In addition to her immediate family, Dorothy held a special place in her heart for Jan Meadows, a close family friend whom she considered a third daughter. Her impact extended far and wide as she touched the lives of many nieces and nephews, leaving an indelible mark on her extended family.
The family would like memorial contributions be made in Dorothy’s memory to First Baptist Church-Long Beach Preschool and First Baptist Church-Long Beach Building Fund.
A visitation will be held on October 7, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Riemann Family Funeral Home in Long Beach. This will be followed by a Funeral Service at the same location from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Dorothy will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wiggins, Mississippi.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, Long Beach, is serving the family.