GE DIGITAL CAMERADorothy “Dot” Kelley Dean, age 90, died Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Sanford, North Carolina.  She was born in Potts Creek, Virginia on December 31, 1929, the daughter of the late Harmon and Cara Cenna Kelley.

Dot was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Roy Dean in 2012.  She was also preceded in death by 5 sisters and 4 brothers; Louella Price, Gladys Paxton, Virginia Painter, Marie Moore, Ruth Peffer, Edward Kelley, Roy Kelley, Ray Kelley, and John Kelley.  She is survived by two daughters, Betty Robertson and Dotty Dean; grandson, Phillip Robertson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Hot Springs Baptist Church.  In her working career Dot was employed as a cook for the Bath County School System, a cashier for the Homestead Resort, and as a home health aide for the Bath County Health Department.  She was an energetic and inquisitive person with so many interests.  Dot loved gardening, cooking, sewing, hunting, fishing, canning, making jams and jellies, bird watching, and the list could go on.  Her outlook on life was don’t waste anything and always try to make everything better.  She adored children and treasured each one for who they were.  She liked to read and once was caught reading her newspaper using a flashlight during a power outage.  Nothing made her happier than having family or friends drop in.  Dot cared deeply for others and helped wherever she could.  She planted a little apple tree a few years ago and said “I won’t see the apples, but maybe someone will.”

A service honoring Dorothy’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2020 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Lorrie Aikens officiating.  The family receive friends an hour before the service.  Interment will be in the Warm Springs Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Scott Robertson, Ralph Kelley, Rocky Phillips, Keswick Phillips, Gary Liptrap, and Justin Woodzell.


  1. She was the greatest lady I ever knew she sure will be missed
    Fly high my friend

  2. She was a special friend and one great Lady .Memories of Her deep in my heart and Iknow Shes Home with HerJesus I will see Her again ,May God BLESS HER FAMILY

  3. She was a great lady, She called me Jo, I called her miss Dot, we were friends for many, many years, She loved her hummingbirds, and called me several times to come film them,. such a surprise to see so many in one place .I haven’t seen her since she moved, but I sure thought of her many times,& remembered some of our good conversations and good times as well. Very sorry for your loss Dotty & Betty. God be with you and the family.

  4. Such a very special lady . She took care of me when my mother was sick and I went there to play with Betty and Dottie. The most favoeote thing I remember was her bread pudding she made .
    Rest in peace and may God hold the family in his arms and give them peace and comfort.

  5. Dot was great lady. She love to make the best deer barbcue you could every eat. She was a great friend . Have great memory of her.

  6. Sorry to hear about Dot. She was a great person. I have very many great memories of her and coming home to spend the night when we were kids in school.

  7. Remember her very well .I think we visited them about once a week .Her husband worked at Meadow Lane with my dad –Sorry for your loss –Earl [Buster ]Cutlip


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