Dorothy Williams Haley
Dorothy Williams Haley, 78, a faithful servant and lover of the Lord Jesus Christ, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
She was called “Dottie” by most, but “Grandy” is who she was, who she loved to be and who she lived to be. She was a woman of devout faith who loved the Lord with her whole heart, an explicit example of Jesus Christ, and not by words of truth that she often spoke in her home, in her church or in her workplace, but by how she truly lived it.
With absolute passion, she loved her family the way Jesus teaches us to love one another. She praised the Lord continuously, even in her last days, for His abundant riches toward her. He was the center of her life and she insisted He be the center of her beloved husband, children and grandchildrens’ lives as well.
Dorothy means “Gift of God.” Oh, was she the most precious gift to us from our Heavenly Father above! Her life was a song, a beautiful song played skillfully before the Lord. No words can fully express who she was, how she lived, and the incredible impact she had on so many lives. Only one word even comes close to describe her. She was Grandy, because she was grander than life. She will remain in our hearts forever and be greatly missed. But we are encouraged in the Lord… because of her, our rock, a fountain of life.
We know that she is now made perfect with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and she’s more alive now than she’s ever been. Because of one astounding woman’s faith, strength and diligence, we know how to praise the Lord, and we will ever praise Him for our Grandy.
Survivors include husband of 60 years, Harold Haley of Clarksdale; son, Greg (Kim) Haley of Clarksdale; daughter, Terri (Byron) Pullen of Clarksdale; six grandchildren, Haley (Preston) Powers, Hanna (Ben) Forrest, Caleb Haley, Clancy Pullen, Randall Haley and William Haley; two great-grandchildren, John Preston Powers and Ava Claire Powers; two sisters, Lillie (Billy) Strohm and Bonnie (Jim) Wanamaker; and many other loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Howard and Fannie Bell Williams.
Visitation and a funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at New Covenant Church in Clarksdale with burial in Oakridge Cemetery.
The last scripture she shared with her grandchildren: “And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is any rock like our God.” - 1 Samuel 2:1-2
Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale handled the arrangements.