Effie Mae Nance Dorn, 97, resident of 216 Deadfall Road East, widow of James Archie “J.A.” Dorn, died Monday, January 9, 2017 at Self Regional Medical Center.
Born in the Callison community of Greenwood County, May 27, 1919, she was a daughter of the late T.P. “Trapp” and Amy Gaskin Nance. At an early age, Effie joined Bailey Bethel AME Church in Troy. She was a 1940 graduate of Brewer Normal High School and attended Florida A&M. In 1943 she enlisted in the US Army and served in the Women’s Army Corp. stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey which was a three year station assignment at Harralen General Hospital, Staten Island, NY.
Mrs. Dorn returned to Greenwood in 1946 and began her employment at Brewer Hospital as medical records director. In the mid 1960’s she became administrator of the hospital. She maintained that position until the merging of Brewer and Self Memorial Hospital in 1969. That same year she was offered the position of administrator of the new Taylor Nursing Home in Greenwood (now NHC) and maintained that position until her retirement in 1989.
After retirement she became a volunteer in several community organizations and served on various boards throughout the community. Mrs. Dorn was very proud to be a part of the group that established the Bowers –Rodgers Children’s Home. Affectionately known as “Sally” by her nieces and nephews, Effie loved her dogs, especially “Big Mac”, enjoyed cooking, crocheting and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
Surviving are four nieces, Belinda Dorn Turner and Velma (L.C.) Martin, both of Greenwood, Mildred Dorn Thomas of Columbia and Emma Dorn of Detroit, MI; four nephews, Elliott (Jean) Dorn, Jr., Calvin L. (Bettye) Dorn both of Greenwood, Rufus (Pauline) Dorn of Anderson and Dr. Charles Moore of Longwood, FL.; eleven great-nieces and nephews along with the devoted home caregivers, special cousin, Michael (Sharon) Gaskin, and the cousins of the Dorn’s, Gaskin’s, White’s and Sherman’s, and a host of other caring relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11AM Thursday from the Blyth Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Willie P. Black officiating. Burial with Military honors will follow in Oakbrook Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be John Gilliam, Thomas Gaskin, Calvin R. Dorn, Rufus Earl Dorn, Torin Dorn and Walter Lee White.
The family will be at the home on Deadfall Road East and will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 Wednesday evening.
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