Dollie Mae Paris-Heard was born on September 2, 1929, in Decatur County, Georgia. She was the firstborn of the Late Robert McCoy Paris and the Late Johnnie Mae Paris. She had four siblings: the Late Robert McCoy Paris Jr., the Late Gloria Paris, the Late Emma Zell Paris-Cumbie, and Earnest Paris.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to the Late Staff Sargent Floyd James Heard. From this union were born two daughters: Vivian Ann Heard, who died at two days old, and Avery La'Vern Heard, affectionately known as “Yvonne” and “Bonnie”.
Dollie received her formal education at Seminole County Training School. She worked as a substitute teacher when she returned home after Floyd’s deployments with the United States Army.
Dollie often told her testimony of her introduction to CHRIST at a very young age and would attend Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with her grandmother Emma Leona Scott, who was the matriarch of the family and raised her during her early years. Dollie enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering.
As a faithful and dedicated woman of GOD, she served on the Usher Board at Macedonia under the leadership of the Reverend E. D. Sims. Dollie was a woman of prayer, strength, integrity and humility. She enjoyed traveling with her husband Floyd and daughter Avery La̓Vern to Germany, Mexico, North Carolina and South Carolina to name a few. One of her favorite songs was “I Want to Be Somewhere Around GOD’S Throne”.
She is survived by her Beloved Daughter, Avery (Willie) Ford; Granddaughter, Denica Latosha (Lawrence) Dobson of Panama City, Florida; Four Grandchildren: Tra, India, Zion and Uriah Dobson; Beloved Brother, Earnest (Francis) Parish of Lexington, Kentucky; Sister-in-Law, Eunice Paris of Miami, Florida; a host of Nephews, Nieces, Cousins and Close Friends who mourn her loss; and her extended family at Seminole Manor Nursing Home and the Kindred Hospice Team.
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