The daughter of Ernest and Leotra Cox, Dorothy was born December 1, 1924, in Mount Vernon, Texas. She was the eldest of four sisters and one brother.
On August 7, 1940, Dorothy married Jesse Haley and became a sharecropper’s wife and migrant worker; picking cotton and fruit to help support her family. She was the mother of four children; Shirley, Frankie, Daryl, and Reba. The young family soon began their many journeys back and forth to California before taking up permanent residence in Franklin County during 1958.
Together Jesse and Dorothy owned several local businesses, such as, Hasty Court Motel, Haley Lumber and Construction, and the Haley Ranch. The most rewarding and joyful accomplishment of Dorothy’s life was being a mother and grandmother. She was the keeper of the family recipes and no family dinner would be complete without her famous chicken and dressing or coconut pie.
An active member of Lake Chapel Church, Dorothy held many positions such as, Sunday school teacher, choir member, church secretary, and Christmas play director.
Dorothy left this world on March 26, 2012, and reunited with her husband, Jesse; children; Shirley, Daryl, and Frankie, and sister Elsie Smith. She is survived by daughter, Reba and Stan Todd, Son in Law, Durwood ‘Buzz’ Hare. Sixteen Grandchildren: Bruce and Tammie Hare Case, Terry and Tina Hare Jaggers, Mark and Lori Haley Rigney, Brandon Haley and Lawanza, Miranda Berry, Josh and Tiffany Taylor, Danny and Maryann Todd, Jessica Haley, Bryan and Ashley Crow. Thirteen Great Grandchildren: Ryan and Lisa Case, Cliff and Rachel Thomas, Michael and Jaci Postell, Craig and Jill Eudy, Jentry Jaggers, Haleigh Mitchell, Trevor Berry, Collin Rigney, and Austin Rigney. Six Great Great Grandchildren: Alexis and Reese Case, Allie Thomas, Dailee and Coy Postell, and Lillian Todd. Sisters: Elizabeth Edwards, Lonnie and Sylvia Dodd, Juanita Foreman, and brother Bobby and Belinda Cox.
Services 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Lake Chapel Church. Burial in Mount Vernon City Cemetery.