It was a hot, muggy day when this wonderful baby girl was born on August 10, 1922, in Rocky Branch Community (near Wortham), Freestone County, Texas. She acquired the nickname "Sweet."
Delores attended public school in Rocky Branch through While in school, she participated in many activities.
Interscholastic League was very popular and meaningful then, and Delores did a great job singing in solo competitions. The dear music teacher, Mrs. Fola Foster-Sweatt, was the first person to offer Delores this opportunity when she asked her to sing "A Perfect Day." I remember as if it were yesterday. This extracurricular experience built Delores’s self-esteem and self-confidence, and she has been singing ever since.
"Lois" did not care much about the idea of working in the fields, (cotton chopping, cotton picking, stripping sorghum cane, etc.). She preferred staying at home to nurse or baby-sit the younger siblings, or to perch herself high in the tree and sing while the rest of the siblings begged of her to please come down and help finish the task of the day. She would constantly remind the family that "I am not going to be a farmer."
One day when Lois was a young teenager she decided that she wanted to move out of the house on her own. She gathered some of her belongings and moved down to the branch about one country block in front of the house. After setting up camp, she sunned her clothes on the barbed wire fence and then settled in for the night.
Later when deep night had fallen, the owls started hooting the crickets started singing, the coyotes started howling and the snakes began to crawl, Lois decided that the best place for her was with her family. She moved back about 9:00 p.m., and the family welcomed her.
When our father, Wordie Isaac, had a heart attack in 1973, Delores was one of the four siblings (along with Lil, Irene and Ruth) who nursed him around the clock, rotating every three weeks. This was done for five straight months. The doctors had ordered him to be placed in a nursing home because "he would never be able to function alone again." Dad recuperated and became an active man again for five more years. He drove his pickup truck, tended his cattle, watched over his acres of land, and cared for his home before he died at the age of 88. Delores Worked for Nurse’s Unlimited Home and Health for 30 years until she retired in 1993 she took care of her Husband Ernest until he past in June of 1994 Written with love your Sister the Late Ruth Jeanette Dawson-Batts (1996)
Delores was baptized into Christian faith at The House of Prayer Baptist Church under the late Rev. Curtis Norris in 1985, she was dedicated member of the church choir, and church board, she loved to cook, and enjoyed traveling to visit her family and friends, she will be missed dearly.
There to welcome Delores home her Parents Wordie Isaac and Marcella Dawson Brothers Wordie H Dawson and Foreman C Dawson Sisters Billy J Dawson, Irene E Dawson Gwendolyn F Dawson and Ruth J Dawson Batts Husband Ernest Stevenson Son Ernest Ray and forever in her heart Kenny Sue Casey.
Those left to cherish her Memories Daughter Citirah Grandson Ke’Shawn, Sister Lillian D Perry A Host of nieces and nephews, Special Friends and family Charlesetta Sanders Prann, Patricia Sanders Rogers, Ola Marsh, Clara Casey Beverly Dillard Alberta Casey Jennie Taylor, Gail Jackson,Jennie Taylor, Edna Potter, Alexis Chavez, The Galindo Family and Shante Woods
Visitation is set for Thursday January 26, 2023 from 1:00PM to 9:00PM. with family gathering from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services are set for 11:00AM Friday January 27, 2023 at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel with Apostle Dr. Donnie Rollie officiating and Minister Lillie Rodgers doing the eulogy.
Burial will follow at Ector County Cemetery~ Rosehill Section.
Family would like to give a special thank you to Jeremy Wilson,Tika Edwards,Tkisha Casey, Christina Hines, Hazel Edwards,Nephews Derjuan Perry and Miro Perry