BRANDON, Dorothy J. “Mama Dot”, age 81 of Mt. Juliet (formerly of Hermitage) passed away June 2, 2018. Preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Warren Eugene “Daddy B” Brandon; parents, Frank & Nell Lee; brothers, Paul Lee, Carl Lee & Walter Lee; sisters, Juanita Gannon and Sue Ford. Survived by children, Debbie Fortune, Warren L. (Wanda) Brandon, Pam Brandon, Tony Brandon and Beverly (Jim) Austin; brother, Bill Lee; sisters, Ruby Haney and Peggy Foster; grandchildren, Andrew Barfield, Evan Fortune, Collin Fortune, Jaynie Beth Austin, Delaney Brandon and Aaron Brandon.
Mama Dot was a Christian woman who followed the path the Lord led her on to help children and the mentally impaired. For over 20 years, she was a babysitter in her own home to numerous children. After babysitting, she went to work for the Metro School System working at Margaret Allen Elementary with special needs children. She finished her career at McGavock High School in the central office. Outside of work, Mama Dot was involved in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She was a registered Girl Scout for over 45 years. She was a co-leader in the beginning. Later she became the troop leader of Troop 726 which she later evolved to a troop for mentally impaired girls. In the early 1980s, she started a bowling league for the mentally impaired with her best friend, Lorene Routin, which they oversaw for 26 years. Others recognized her impact on the community when she was nominated for the Mary Catherine Strobel Award. She was very talented at writing poems and wrote a song, “Believe in Me”, to help make people aware of the mentally impaired and their value to the world. Her quick wit and natural sarcasm kept everyone around her smiling. She was a treasure to all who knew her and her impact will continue to have an affect on many people.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 7th at 2 pm at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Bro. David Taft officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, June 6th from 4-8 pm and Thursday, June 7th from 12 noon until time of service.
Although she loved flowers, it would be Mama Dot’s wish that you would find a way to help a mentally impaired person in some way.
Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com