“But we remember now in love, your life from start to end, and we’re just glad we knew you, As Mother, and as Friend.”
In Marion, Alabama on a warm beautiful spring day, April 24, 1934 Robert and Annie Belle Russell gave birth to a lovely baby girl. She was the first daughter; the third of six children. She was named Dorothy Louise Russell and has affectionately been called” Dot”.
Dorothy was raised by her parents, and was a daddy’s girl, they taught her the value of hard work and education. Although she was raised on a Farm, she was not a big fan of farming and working the fields, however she did enjoy gardening and was an excellent cook.
Upon graduation from Lincoln High School in Perry County, she attended Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama where she was in the Marching Band. While attending college Dorothy pledged with the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Her love for music and all things creative were evident in her musically talented children and grandchildren.
In 1958 Dorothy married Minister and Civil Rights pioneer Rev. James Fincher. Dorothy and her husband, Rev. Fincher started Faith Missionary Baptist church where she was the epitome of a First Lady for over 40 years. She was elegant, kind-hearted, served others, walked in forgiveness and fashionable. Because of her eye for fashion she was often called “sugar sharp”! Dorothy adored all of her children and they adored her just as much. She was married for 53 years prior to her husband’s passing in 2011.
After 30 years Dorothy retired from the Magnavox Corporation. Dorothy enjoyed her time there and made many lifelong friends. While working she was an active member of Toastmasters International.
Dorothy enjoyed life and she loved serving in the church where she was lovingly called “Granny”. Even after the passing of her husband she remained engaged with her church community. She also filled her days spending time with her family. At any given moment you could find her supporting a grandchild at an event or sporting activity or traveling around the country supporting her children and grandchildren.
Dorothy was such an inspirational person. She loved taking care of her family and they loved taking care of her. If she wanted anything, she only had to mention it and her family made sure she had it. She was catered to by her five children, fifteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.
Dorothy leaves to cherish her precious memories: her children, Sandra Jacobs and Shandareen Fincher both of Dallas, TX; Sharon (Mark) Turner of Atlanta, GA; Jimmie “Jimdandy” Fincher, Jr. and Jeffrey (Bonita) Fincher both of Fort Wayne, IN; three step-daughters, Patricia (Virgil) Moore, Shirley (John) Penn, and Nancy Lewis all of Atlanta, GA.; brother, Charlie “Shorty” (Edna) Russell; sister, Mary “Sutt” (Calvin) Spann of Chicago, IL; sister-in-law, Patty (Robert) Russell of Indianapolis, IN; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Dorothy’s life was a living example of what it means to love, she put the word to action and we as her family will carry on that legacy.
On Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:25 p.m. Dorothy departed this life and joins her husband, Rev. James Fincher; Father, Robert Russell; Mother, Annie Belle Russell; Brothers, Robert Russell Jr., Lee Russell, and Thomas Russell; grandson, Jamont Simmons.
There will be a Celebration of Life event held for Dorothy later this summer where we can all come together and share our wonderful memories. The date will be announced soon.
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