Dorothy Mae Speights

dorothy speights

April 5, 1936 ~ March 23, 2020

Born in: Chipley, FL
Resided in: Atlanta, GA

Ms Dorothy M. Speights passed away peacefully March 23, 2020 during a brief stay at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She was 83 years old.

Dorothy resided in and called New York City home for over 40 years, where she owned and operated her own dry cleaning business for many years. She later became a nurse’s assistant fulfilling an earlier dream of working in the healthcare system.

Upon retirement, she moved to Atlanta and resided at Lutheran Towers and became a member of the Lutheran Redeemer Church. She was extremely outgoing and full of energy until illness curtailed her activities. Dorothy found her artistic side in Atlanta and loved painting, creating beautiful handmade greeting cards, singing and dancing. She enjoyed life to the fullest and always celebrated with family and friends. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered by all who knew and loved her.

She was a very protective and loving mother of her children and oh so proud of their accomplishments.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memories: 4 sons, James P. Speights (Laura); Robert F. Speights (Paula); Stanley McHenry (Gladys) and Franklin Hamilton (Audrey)……3 daughters, Gladys V. Jenkins (Frank); Patsy L. Mongo (Jerry) and Joy D. Griggs; 2 sisters Cornelius and Mozell; 9 grandchildren; Shamia Hamilton, Shari Hamilton, Latasha M. Mongo, Jordan V. McLaughlin, Alicia McHenry, Stanley McHenry Jr, Aheshia Spencer, Amanda Sylvester and Keith Cooper; 15 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves a legacy of beautiful memories to be cherished by her loving friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks if you would consider a donation to the American Kidney Foundation in Dorothy’s name.

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  1. The Franklin, Audrey , Shamia and Shari Hamilton Family says:

    To our beautiful mother Dorothy M. Speights
    You will be sadly miss by your family, relatives and dearest friends. But mostly you will be truly missed by your siblings… We know you are at peace … We love you Mom… You’re always be in our hearts…
    Yours Truly
    Your baby boy
    Franklin G.Hamilton

  2. Joyce Smith says:

    I will miss our talks and laughter together. Memories are fantastic to way remember you my dear friend.❤️

  3. Hazel Lang says:

    I will cherish our friendship forever. I will miss the laughter and your caring lovable ways. My daughter Shanna Lang will miss you too because she always said we were so much alike that was why we hot along so well.

    My deepest sympathy to the family and I ask God to bless all of you abundantly.

  4. Joyce Smith says:

    I will miss our talks and laughter we had. Memories is a fantastic way to remember you my dear friend.❤️

  5. Joyce Smith says:

    I will miss our talks and laughter we had. Memories are fantastic way to remember you my dear friend.❤️

  6. Joyce Smith says:

    I will miss our talks and laughter. Memories is a fantastic way to remember you my dear friend.❤️

  7. Patsy says:

    I am lost trying to figure out how to move on without having your physical presence. I will miss our talks about everything and just being able to vent about everything. Yes, I can here you say I am just speaking on it. You were my
    hero mama. You know mama was what I would say you to make you laugh because it was so southern. I think about you daily and I miss you more than words can express. It is so hard to say goodbye so I won’t. I carry you in my heart
    mama. Thanks you for time we had together.

    • Eloise Benford says:

      Dorothy, I will miss and cherish our friendship of fifteen years, it will never be forgotten. I will remember the joyous and sad events that we shared. You always let me know cared. Love Always,
      Eloise Benford

  8. Brenda Turner says:

    I’m so sorry bout Mama D she will truly missed she always brought a smile to my face whenever I saw her the laughs we had the talks will always be with me I wish I would have spoke with her before her transition but knowing mama D she wanted it to just the way she wanted it to be especially now since our birthdays so close together God has received another angel my heart good out to the family your mother was a pretty special Brenda from Mills

  9. Eloise Benford says:

    Dorothy the friendship we shared for 17 years will never be forgotten I enjoyed each and every moment, whether joyous or sad. I miss you so much. Love Always
    Eloise Benford

  10. Zandra Matthews says:

    Dearest Family and friends of Ms. Speights…Nothing is harder than saying goodbye to someone you love😢, May you find comfort in your loving memories.
    I am thinking of you all with a prayer that faith will help you see Dorothy’s passed beyond your sight to live eternally.

  11. Franklin G. Hamilton says:

    Happy Birthday Mom…
    Today will always be a special day in my heart…
    Love you always Mom…
    Your Baby Son
    Franklin G. Hamilton

  12. Patsy says:

    You always remember the birthdays in the family. Wishing you were here to tell you Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday Mom. Patsy

  13. Gladys Jenkins says:

    Dearest Mom….today would have been your 84th birthday and I miss you terribly.I will always remember the birthdays we shared together and all the good times. You were my angel, my mentor, my friend, but most of all you are my mother and I will love you forever. Happy Birthday, beautiful lady!!



  14. The Glover Family (Ronnie Glover) says:

    Our prayers are with you and family (Franklin). You have always been a brother and son to the Glover family. Again our prayers are with you during this time.

  15. The Rev. Jenny McLellan says:

    On behalf of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, our deepest sympathies are with you and your family. May the hope of the resurrection of Jesus sustain you in your grief. Please let me know if Redeemer can be of any support to you.

    Yours in Christ,
    Pastor Jenny McLellan
    Associate Pastor of Member Care

  16. Joy Griggs says:

    Happy Birthday Mom.
    I miss our talks and miss you so very much. I will always have fond memories of you forever.

    I love you Mom!!
    Your Baby Girl,
    Joy !!

  17. The Killings Family says:

    We are so sorry about the loss of your dear mother cousin Franklin. We pray that God will comfort you and your family during this difficult time. May your mother’s soul rest in peace. We love you.

    Ellie, Kilroy and the kids

  18. Viola Cuffee says:

    I Loved Ms Dorthy she was like a mom to me I worked for her about 7 years she was a awesome woman my heart still ache and misses her so much, there is not a day that goes by that I wish I could hear her voice calling me by nickname,saying Rabbit you need to listen, or just hearing her laugh. Even though she is gone our good times, tough times and funny times will be carried with me for life, Rest in Power and peace mom Dorthy

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