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Dorothy Mae (James) Fleming, 87, of Desoto, Texas, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.
The meaning of the name Dorothy is Gift of God.
Dorothy Mae James was born in McAlester on Nov. 12, 1929, to William James and Ethel Brown. William James died in the Little Bolen Mine Explosion in 1929 a few days after Dorothy was born. Ethel Brown remarried and her stepfather was Nathan Brown.
Dorothy graduated from L'Ouverture High School in McAlester. She married Elmer Ralph Fleming on May 5, 1954, in McAlester, and the couple had two sons. They were married for 46 years.
In 1970, Dorothy was a part of the local efforts in the moon landing. She worked on the command module harness, which was a part of Apollo 14.
She was a talented licensed beautician, pianist and singer. Dorothy was recognized for 48 years of service with Mount Triumph Baptist Choir on Aug. 17, 2003. She performed in the Black Heritage Week at Eastern Oklahoma State College as a guest pianist and singer. She also sang in the L'Ouverture High School Alumni Choir Reunion on July 13, 2008.
Dorothy received the Pittsburg County Holiday Commission Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2007. She also received her certificate of license of the gospel ministry to preach on May 6, 2007.
She leaves to cherish her memory her two sons and two daughters-in-law, Ralph and Sharon Fleming, of Desoto, Texas, and Marchand and Anissa Fleming, of Wewoka; one daughter, Gwendolyn Miller, of Las Vegas, Nevada; eight sisters, Denoah Davis, Juanita Charles, Shirley Pardue, Patricia Giles, Barbara Harrison, Irene Johnson, Mable Austin and Linda Murrell. Ten grandchildren, Karman Miller, Clara Prather, Aniela Fleming, Jessica Fleming, Jamell Fleming, Renissa Jackson, Whitney Rougeau, Shayna Jackson, Terrence Jackson, and Cameron Fleming, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Ralph Fleming; father, William James; mother, Ethel Brown; stepfather, Nathan Brown; sister, Marvel Brown, and brother, Alonzo Mosely Jr.
The family will greet friends on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mount Triumph Baptist Church, 408 East Wyandotte, McAlester, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. officiated by the Rev. Anthony Washington. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris Harrison, Harold Harrison, Jamell Fleming, Kevin Austin, Torrey Prather, Lenny Austin, Jason Williams and Marcus Austin.
Honorary pallbearers will be the nephews of Mrs. Fleming.
Flower bearers will be the granddaughters and nieces of Mrs. Fleming.
Please wear purple at the funeral services in honor of Dorothy Mae Fleming.
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22. Dorothy Fleming was a breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Susan G. Komen in memory of Dorothy Mae Fleming. Donate online or mail your donation to P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX, 75265-0309.
Published on December 28, 2016
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