Dorothy Ann Jacobs McBurrows was born on October 27, 1955, to the late Willie B. and Fannie Bell Ingram Jacobs of Blakely, Georgia. At an early age, she accepted CHRIST as her personal SAVIOR and began her faithful journey with THE LORD. She served diligently as a member of Union African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bluffton, Georgia. After leaving home for college, she joined Second Mount Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Johnny L. Jones in Atlanta, Georgia. She rejoined Union AME Church, which is now Union Church of Bluffton, Georgia, in 1991 after moving back to Blakely from Tampa, Florida. Dorothy sang in the Choir, served on the Missionary Board, and served as a Steward, Vacation Bible School Teacher and Co-Chairman/Treasurer of the Cemetery Committee. She also worked on the Building Fund and other committees as needed.
Dorothy received her primary and high school education through the Early County School System. She graduated Early County High School in 1973. In 1979, she graduated Georgia State University of Atlanta, Georgia, with a degree in Business Administration/Management. In 1995, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Albany State University, Albany, Georgia. Dorothy did course work towards a Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia.
She worked in sales and management for the Rich’s Department Store in Marietta, Georgia. Dorothy taught school for a year at Early County High School before moving back to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1980. In 1994, she joined the Randolph County School System, where she taught at Randolph Elementary until 1999. From 1999 until her retirement in 2014, she taught Pre-K at Early County Elementary School in Blakely, Georgia.
On October 10, 1980, Dorothy united in marriage with the love of her life, Donald Kenneth McBurrows, Sr. In 1984, they welcomed their first bundle of joy, Octavia Nicole. In 1987, they welcomed their first son Donald Kenneth Jr. Three years later, 1990, they had their second daughter Arnesha Bell. Finally in 1996, they were blessed with a double portion, the twins, Krystal Iesha and Christopher Isaiah.
Mrs. McBurrows was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Willie James Jacobs and Homer Sylvester Jacobs, two sisters Pinkie Brackins and Helen Jacobs-Brown, and her beloved husband Rev. Donald Kenneth McBurrows, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters: Octavia McBurrows, Arnesha McBurrows, and Krystal McBurrows; two sons, Donald McBurrows, Jr. and Christopher McBurrows; six sisters: Ellen Williams of Suwanee, GA, Marie Miller of Tampa, FL, Charlotte Atkins of Atlanta, GA, Fannie Brown (Clarence), Brenda Kaye Jacobs, and Linda Hunter (Louis), all of Blakely, GA; one brother, Claudie Jacobs (Hazel) of Atlanta, GA; six sisters-in-law: Annie Bell Wheeler (Robert) of Snellville, GA, Christine Austin, Alberta Moss (Aubrey), Gladys Jacobs (Johnny), all of Atlanta, GA, Margaret Anderson of Decatur, GA, and Carrie Pearl McBurrows of Moultrie, GA; two brothers-in-law, Johnny McBurrows (Augustine) of Douglasville, GA, and Willie Brackins of Arlington, GA; one honorary son, Brandon Cole Jacobs; one goddaughter, Charmaine LaKesha Atkins; one godson, Antwane DeShun Jacobs; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and family.
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