I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
II Timothy 4: 7-8
Mrs. Dorothy H. Davis Greene daughter of the late Cicero C. Davis, Sr. and Annie E. General Davis Gibson was born in Dillon, South Carolina on April 7, 1930 and departed this life on Sunday, March 3, 2019 surrounded by her family at the McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina.
Dorothy attended the public schools of Dillon and was a graduate of Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina. Dorothy was a graduate of Claflin College, now Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. In 1969 Dorothy became the first kindergarten teacher in Dillon School District Two, In 1970 Dorothy earned her second Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, North Carolina and Frances Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. Dorothy taught in numerous teaching positions and served many children in Dillon County for thirty-one years.
In 1957 Dorothy was joined in holy matrimony to Preston J. Greene, Jr and to this union tow children were born: Ja-Novice B. and Preston, III.
In early years Dorothy became a Christian and enjoyed serving the Lord in whatever capacity she was asked to serve. She was a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church where she served in the following capacities: Usher, Administrative Board Secretary, Children's Choir Advisor, Sunday School Teacher, Financial Secretary, United Methodist Women, Adult Choir Member, and the Fannie B. Bethea Circle. For many years Dorothy was the editor and producer of the Annual Mother's Day Booklet that is sponsored by the Fannie B. Bethea Circle. This project was both a joy as well as a pleasure each year for Dorothy.
In 1956 Dorothy and her late husband Preston opened their own business, Greene's Funeral Home, on the corner of 6th Avenue and Calhoun Street in Dillon, South Carolina. In 1969 Dorothy became a licensed Funeral Director in the state of South Carolina. She and her husband ran the business until their health no longer allowed. The family owned and operated business continues to move forward under the management of their children.
Dorothy's civic and community involvements include: Amaryllis Garden Club, Dillon County Board of Education, Dillon County Retired Teachers, St. Eugene Hospital Advisory Board, Dillon County Board of Transportation, Dillon Downtown Revitalization Board, and Bright Star of the Valley #217 Order of the Eastern Stars.
Dorothy never met a stranger and was willing to help others as needed. To know her was to love her and to love her was to embrace the spirit of caring, giving, and loving that she exemplified.
Left to cherish fond memories of Dorothy are her children Ja-Novice Greene-Richardson and Preston J. Greene, III both of Dillon, South Carolina, two grandsons: Torrian J. Harley of Augusta, Georgia and James (Jay) M. Richardson, II of Dillon, South Carolina, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends, two faithful caregivers: Leora Alford and Towanda Ellerson and the Honorage Nursing Center Family.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Eloise D. McTeer, brother-in-law Benjamin W. McTeer, Jr,. brother Cicero C. Davis, Jr., sister-in-law Mildred N. Davis, niece Sharon C. McTeer and nephew Benjamin W. McTeer, III
Should You Go First
Should you go first and I remain to walk the road alone,
I'll live in memories garden dear, with happy days we've known
In spring I'll wait for roses red, when faded, the lilacs blue.
In early fall when brown leaves fall, I'll catch a glimpse of you.
Should you go first and I remain, for battle to be fought.
Each thing you've touched along the way will be a hallowed spot.
I'll hear your voice, I'll see your smile, though blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand will buoy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain, on thing I'll have you do:
Walk slowly down that long, long path, for soon I'll follow you.
I want to know each step you take, so I may take the same.
For someday down that lonely road you'll hear me call your name.
by Albert Kennedy "Rosey" Roswell
Mrs. Dorothy Davis Greene transitioned peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in the McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 7, 2019 3 pm - 8 pm at 1212 North Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Dillon, SC.
Public Viewing - Friday, March 8, 2019, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 5-8 pm.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12:00 noon from the St. Stephens United Methodist Church located at 701 North 1st Avenue in Dillon, S.C. Final resting place will be in the Resthaven Cemetery in Dillon, SC.
Mrs. Greene will be open for public viewing on Saturday, March 9th at St. Stephens United Methodist Church from 10 am until 11:30 a.m.