Robert Dorsey

Robert Dorsey Sr.

Friday, May 9th, 1941 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Robert Dorsey, affectionately known as “Bobby” was born May 9, 1941 to the late William and Jeanette Dorsey. At an early age Bobby had a flare for style and looking “his best”. He loved his cars, and his favorite was “The Cadillac”. Bobby was educated in Anne Arundel County School System and graduated from Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis, MD.

On October 31, 1963, Bobby married the late Barbara Ann Dorsey. Bobby worked for Baltimore Homes Installation Company until they relocated to Atlanta, GA in November 1969. He worked for Atlanta Homes and in 1978 he started his own company, Dorsey Insulation. Bobby enjoyed talking on the phone with his siblings and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with Abigail and Zoe.

Robert leaves to cherish his memory, his eight children, Robert Dorsey Jr. (Sharon), Craig Dingane, Steve Dorsey, Mark Dorsey, Tiera Dorsey, Tanga Hudson, Renata Dorsey Dunn (Omar) and Ronald G. Sloan Sr. (deceased) (Shirley); brothers, Purnell Dorsey (Deloris) and Leonard Dorsey (deceased); sisters, Ocelia Hutcherson (William) and Paulette Dorsey Lane (deceased); special friend, David Smith; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 | 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Herschel Thornton Mortuary
    3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30331
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Herschel Thornton Mortuary
    3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30331
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    Due to social distancing protocols, attendance for the funeral service is limited to immediate family only. The funeral will be livestreamed on this page for the convenience of those who are unable to attend in person.
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 |
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020
    Lincoln Cemetery
    2275 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314
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Posted at 09:54am
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.
When we are grieving the loss of a loved one, we can find comfort from the scriptures. I found a couple scriptures at
Psalm 55:22 promises that God will sustain us if we just throw our burdens on him. So we need to remember to pray.
I look forward to seeing him in the resurrection when he will again be enjoying friends/family. (John 5:28,29).
I hope these scriptures bring you as much comfort as they bring me.

Tony Buster

Posted at 05:52pm
Hi Tan , We were so sad and hurt to hear about Bobby. I lived next door to you guys until I went off to the Navy in 1976. My mom and sister Lorraine took care of you when you were a baby. My family and your mom and dad were always chatting each other up whenever we saw each other out doing yard work. Bobby was always on the go making a living for his family. He would always throw his hand up on his way out the driveway. I really respected him for his Entrepreneurial way of gettin that money 💰. Bobby never wavered in his work ethic. The man loved his Cadillac. He will be missed. 😟I’m here for you Tan. We love you.🙏🏽💞Tony Buster and family.

Travis Nash

Posted at 12:14pm
Always a quiet but gentle soul that greeted me with the biggest smile that I will never forget. It still amazes how friends become family. It was a joy to have known you for so many years and you will be missed. To Tan, Abigail, Zoe and the entire family my sincere condolences to you and yours from ours. May the Lord continue to strengthen you during this most difficult time. And know that your extended family is here with open arms. Love you all!
The Nash Family ❤️

Odessa Eldridge Thomas

Posted at 07:15pm

As I pondered what I can possibly share to my family to add some sense of comfort, I asked myself what Bobby and I would be talking about right now. My mind became flooded with stories, stories, stories.
During our early childhood we lived next door to the Dorsey cousins. Bobby’s mother and my mom were raised like sisters. Thus se was called Sis Jeanette and cousin Bobby was always called brother by my mom. Coming from a family of six girls, the Dorsey boys were like our brothers and Paulette and Ocelia, our sisters with a bond never to be broken.
Whenever there was a thunderstorm brewing and dad was at work, Bobby would come up to our 3 room little house and help us down the path to wait out the storm with their family. He would carry my oldest sister on his back as she was disabled and couldn’t walk. Mom just didn’t like thunderstorms!
We spent hours at great grandma Emma’s house which was just down the path from Pop Pop´s house. Between the three properties there was an abundance of fruit trees, nuts and wild berries, peaches, apples, plums, cherries. We ate the God-Given and Pop Pop´s grape harbor, organic way.
We were fortunate to be able to watch T.V. at the Dorsey’s as they were one of a few families in the community with a T.V....Bobby’s favorite, Westerns. We watched and talked about them for hours during my visits to Atlanta in our adult years.
My dad took Bobby under his wings because he likes his entrepreneurial style and artistry. Bobby reminded me that when dad started to build our home on Freetown road, he helped to dig out the basement and was taught to do a lot of the carpentry work. Keep in mind that we are talking about a ten-year-old boy! The seed from his construction company were being planted even at that young age.
Bobby reminded me with great pride the many times he traveled from place to place in my dad’s truck. My sisters and I scrambled for the front seat. When Bobby was with us, the contest ended because Bobby always had the special front seat. He used to tell me how much he learned from my father, cousin Morris. My sisters and I were content to sit in the back of the paneled truck on wooden benches custom made by my dad. I often said I was not great at geography I never saw where I was going in the back of the paneled truck. Since dad was the manager of the Freetown Clippers baseball team, Bobby traveled with dad frequently to other communities for ball game, always gleaming as much wisdom from my dad as he could from that front seat. Bobby was a very SPECIAL BROTHER indeed.
My mind goes back to Bates High School where Bobby was the ¨Resident Student Artist¨. He was excused from any class at a moment notice to do his artistic magic for a school program. He worked in a quiet diligent manner. My dad liked that in Bobby and supported that same manner that was in me, giving me space to create my way.
I got married immediately after collage and moved to Virginia. Many years would go by without visual contact with Bobby, but we always exchanged cards on our May birthday.
Years passed and I finally took a trip to Atlanta to spend time with my Dorsey Cousins, Bobby and Ocelia. That’s when I saw the other Bobby that I learned to love: the love and care of Jan and his granddaughter Abigail and Zoe. The stories grew as I watched his heart-warming love with those three.
Just as my dad mentored Bobby, so many have been touched by the quiet manner of my cousin Bobby. Thank you God for sending him to us for 80 years.

Cousin Odessa Eldridge Thomas


Posted at 04:38pm
You truly were 1 of the sweetest patients I had. I will miss seeing your smiling face at the pharmacy.
Amanda Anderson

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