Dortha E. Anderson

Sunrise: August 20, 1953

Sunset: January 13, 2021

Dortha Elisse Anderson, affectionately known as “Umpa”, was born on August 20, 1953 to the late Robert Lee Anderson, Jr. and the late Odessa M. Anderson in Norfolk, Virginia. She is pre-deceased by her siblings: Barbara Aminta Anderson, Michael Warren Anderson, Robert Ellsworth Anderson, Jennifer Lorraine Anderson-Chrisp, and Cheryl Elizabeth Anderson.

As a child, Dortha began developing her character as an individual of compassion, dedication and commitment. She attended Liberty Park Elementary School, Ruffner Junior High, and graduated in 1972 from Granby High School. After graduation, she earned an Associates Degree from Kee’s Business College and worked at several retail stores, including Roses and Woolco. Her career path led her to Norfolk State University (NSU), where she worked with Auxiliary Enterprises and Campus Police. After 30 years of service at NSU, she retired from the position of Dispatcher Supervisor in September 2015.

Dortha met Mr. Leon Allen in 1968 and from this relationship was born a daughter, Vicki Lissette and a son, Victor Leon.

Dortha was a truly giving soul who took care of everyone she met. She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, and was baptized in 1988, and has always remained dedicated to God and the local Church. She was a member of Gideon’s Riverside Fellowship, under the leadership of Dr. Milton A. Reid; and New Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church, Rev. Clyde L. Doxey, Jr., Pastor. As a dedicated member of New Covenant, she served in various capacities: Church Clerk, The Voices of New Covenant, and the Missions and Women’s Ministry. She loved her pastor and church family dearly and was a willing and active supporter wherever needed.

Dortha was known for her God-given creativity and talent in designing birthday, holiday, retirement, and church cards, programs, bulletins, and obituaries. She loved to see her clients light up when she presented them with the finished product. She never asked for anything in return.

Dortha leaves to carry on her legacy of love: daughter Vicki Lissette Pearson of Dunwoody, GA; son Victor Leon Anderson (Malissa) of Powder Springs, GA; grandchildren Tru Anderson, Noah Stovall, Lake Stovall, Forrest Stovall, Kashmir Thomas, Elijah Thomas, Lyberti Thomas; siblings Kevin Anderson (Ellen), Keith Anderson (Natalie), Darryl Anderson, Wilford Anderson, Geral Collins (Tony), and Myra Patterson (Joseph Jr.), all of Norfolk, VA; Manya Brown (Charles) of Dallas, TX; and Albert Chrisp (Tywanna) of Baltimore, MD; a bonus daughter, Angela Hammond; a host of nieces, nephews, and extended relatives and friends, including her best friend Marcia Threats.


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    Lawana Loar says

    I am extremely sad to hear about the passing of Ms. Dot. She will be greatly missed. She was the smiling face I saw when I joined New Covenant and no matter what she always smiled. I love her heart and will truly miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her children and family.

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      Gregory L. Brown says

      My condolences and prayers of comfort and strength to Vicki and the family.

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      Dr. Joanne McDougal Patterson says

      My condolences to the Anderson family.

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      Shirley A. Whitaker says

      To: Dortha Anderson’s Family

      May God continue to bless all of you and to keep that outstanding “family unity” intact and ongoing.

      I knew Dortha from my work in Athletics and hers in the Police Department. She was a stern, by the rules type of person, but with the warm, giving personality that made you feel comfortable in your dealings with her. That big smile of hers would accompany that personality and her decision to help you – whether it was YES or NO!

      She gave of herself unselfishly. She loved her family immensely. She also loved her faith and her church.

      Rest in peace my dear friend. You’re with your Father now.

      Shirley Whitaker
      NSU Retired

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    C. Renee Risbrook says

    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to the family during this difficult time she touched so many and her bright smile was always welcoming. Mrs. Anderson aka Umpa will truly be missed

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    Brenda & Kamani says

    We extend our heart-felt condolences to the Anderson Family: May the Spirit of God comfort all of you during your time of bereavement. Dot is still with you; God has simply replaced her fleshy robe with the Robe of Her Pure Spirit. Be not weary or saddened by her divine relocation; for her Spirit will live with all of you forever. Love ? Brenda & Kamani

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      John and Jeaneille Burnett says

      Vicki, John and I are saddened by your loss and we definitely understand the grief, heartache and all the emotions you are going through and feeling. Just remember that God will always be there through those lonely days and night for He knows how much you can bare. We Love you and here for you in your time of loss. Praying for your Family. The Burnett’s

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    Mildred Ernestine Cojoe says

    Extending our heartfelt condolences to our family the “Anderson’s “. Dot will be missed but God comfort is everlasting. You are in our prayers and her memory will be with you always.
    Allen Lomax Winslow family

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    Mike and Joyce Shorts says

    My family and I are truly sadden by Dot’ lost. Our condolences reaches deep. I have known this family since our days growing up in the original Park Place. I have family members who are considered close family friends. I pray the Anderson’s stay strong during this period. .

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    April Allbritton says

    Pain and heartache comes to us in inexplicable ways. There is so much each of us must endure in this life. Although, it may feel insurmountable, as each of us bears it in our own unique way, we know that there is one who understands. One who laid down his life, conquered death, can wipe away our tears, forgive us for our sins, and make us new again. Only He truly understands for He is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus, we ask for your blessings on behalf of the Anderson family.

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    patricia e. brown says

    Tru and the Anderson family iam so sorry for your lost. Tru i know how you felt about your grandmother. God you all.

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    Hattie Thombs says

    Epsilon Iota Zeta Chapter of Zeta phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. May God give you comfort and peace knowing you are in his loving hands.
    Officers and Members
    Ms. Shenya Smith, President

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    MS. Poole NSUPD says

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ms. Anderson. I am reminded of her thoughtful ways, generous heart and her creative skills. Under her leadership I learnt a lot of things, I value her commitment to others and her dedication to her family. She will be truly missed, I pray that the support and love of others be a source of great comfort and hope as you have to endure.

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      Clarence Stork Walton says

      To the Anderson family, the Walton family gives our deepest sympathy. May God the Almighty bless you and keep you.

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    Dr. Yovanda Horton says

    My condolences are extended to the family and friends of Ms. Anderson. Her daughter, Vicki, is my sorority sister and dear friend and I know the depths of the bond that she shared with her mother. You will be in my prayers in the days to come.

    Dr. Yovanda Horton
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc
    8th GA State Director

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    Paula Kay, State of Florida Director says

    Sending prayers of comfort, peace and strength to the family of Ms Anderson. To Our Sister of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, we are lifting you up and praying unceasingly. May God continue to hold you in His care.

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    jennifer skinner says

    the thing I would like to say about my cousin Dot is this, she was the genuine article. her smile lite up a room. To me she was not just a cousin. She was a cuzzin. she was beautiful inside and out, I loved her so much and she will be dearly missed, My prayers go out to all the family her children, grand children, brothers sister, nieces and nephews, and all the family who knew and loved her as well

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    LaVerne Moore Bagley says

    Praying for comfort for the Anderson Family. God is your strength and fortress, whom shall you fear. This Angel now has her wings and will continue to watch over you. Love you all to life!

    LaVerne Moore Bagley
    NSU Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

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    LaSaundra Dudley says

    Praying for Vicki Pearson and your family during this difficult time.

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    Racheal N. Logan says

    My condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Anderson. Her daughter Vicki is my sorority sister and friend for 30 years. Vicki, I know how deeply you love your mother and the special bond you share. I know your heart is broken right now and there are really no words to make this feel better. But know that you are loved by many who are lifting you up in prayer. I love you and though can’t be there to share comforting hugs, you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. With Sisterly Love, Racheal

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    Sonya Allen says

    Rest in Heaven Aunt Dot you will truly be miss ! Love Sonya Allen

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