Dorothy Jean Lyons Mathes died December 4, 2013.
On June 4th 1926, Dorothy Jean Lyons Mathes was born to Buna and Frank Dan Lyons in Rogersville, Tennessee. At the tender age of nine, she and the family moved to the historical town of Erwin, Tennessee.
In Erwin, with regards to the Old Negro Times and Tennessee History, the Lyons family was among the first black families to live in that town, which Dorothy cherished as a child. Throughout her youth, she attended Dunbar Elementary School and later graduated from Langston High School in 1942.
Dorothy worked for the Texas Instruments Company until she retired in 1990. In later years, she had a special interest in children with special needs and handicaps. Ultimately, she became a foster grandparent and a humanitarian.
In 1944, she married Bobby Lee Vaught and had two daughters, Sandra Lee (Vaught) Avery and Linda Dee (Vaught) Harrington.
Throughout the years, Dorothy and Bobby remained good friends. Later in life, Dorothy would marry the love of her life, Russell Mathes. Together, they had two children, Adolphine “Dollie” (Mathes) Barkley and Micheal Craig Mathes.
Dorothy had a kindred spirit. She could light the room with her smile. She is known to love the Lord wholeheartedly.
She is called home to her loving husband, Russell; son, Craig; brothers, Bill (Clareice) and Dan; friend, Bobby Vaught; and grandchildren, Tina and Russell.
She is survived by four children, Sandra (James), Linda (Tommy), Dollie (Bruce) and Barbara Yett; Grandchildren: Thomas (Jeri), Kimberley (Darrin), Lorenzo, Bobby (Kendra), Tory (Dominque), Brandie (Joe), and Shonna; as well as a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:30 Monday, December 9th, at Bethel Christian Church, 701 Depot St., Jonesborough, Tennessee. Rev. Vincent Dial, Pastor.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. at the church.
Burial will be held at the VA Mountain Home Cemetery in Johnson City at 2:30 p.m. following the services.
Professional Services provided by Birchette Mortuary Inc., 219 E. Millard St., Johnson City, TN. www.birchettemortuary.com, 423-926-6013