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Ms. Dorothy Simon Bridges, age 88, entered God's Kingdom on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, surrounded by loving family. Miss Dot, as she was affectionately called by some and Mama Dot by others, was born September 16, 1935, in Anson County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late James Edward and Carrie Mae Covington Simon. As the anchor of family, Mama Dot was wise, encouraging, a truth teller, a counselor to her family and many friends. Today, we do not mourn Mama Dot's death; we celebrate her life. Heaven has gained an Angel!
After completing her elementary and secondary education, Mama Dot moved to Brooklyn, New York where she met and married Marshall Bridges in the summer of 1978. While in New York, she worked as an Avon Manager for many years. Eventually, her family would relocate back to North Carolina, first in Rocky Mount, later Badin, and finally making the homestead in Albemarle on 143 Arey Aveue. While working at ARC-Moss Spring Group 2 she attended Dudley's Beauty School. She received her cosmetology license and began taking on clients at Nellie Bruton Salon in Badin. When her time at ARC ended, she opened her own shop, Dot’s Hair Clinic, which was built behind her house. Later, she would teach at Stanly County Charter School during the day and do hair in the evenings. She retired as a beautician in the early 2000’s.
She was a believer and God-fearing woman. She was a member of Sanctuary of Deliverance. She answered the call of ministry, helping co-found and co-pastor God's Powerhouse of Deliverance Church alongside Pastor Hicklin. She remained a member until her health declined. In her pastime, Mama Dot enjoyed watching spiritual programs, MSNBC news, and sports programs. She was an avid basketball fan. In her younger years she loved to play basketball with her sister. She said, they were stars! We would be remiss if we did not mention that Mama Dot was a great cook and greatly known for her home cooked meals, cakes and banana puddings. Never idle, she loved her yearly trips to local farms to get sweet potatoes and peaches with Ronda; and shopping trips with her friend Georgette. And, not to forget her yearly trips to the beach. She loved to bring the family together to share her meals. As her health declined, she needed more assistance getting around. She enjoyed the use of her power chair. She enjoyed the liberty of scheduling her own trips to the doctor and visits to Walmart using SCUSA transportation. She truly enjoyed life. Although her body ached every day she did not complain. Her greatest joy was being a role model for her children, and ensuring that they would become hard working, respectful adults.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Robert Goode and Marshall Bridges; siblings: Eddie Simon, George Simmons , James Edward Simon, Robert Simon, Calvin Lee Simon, Georgia Mae Simon Robertson, and Mable Hollinquest; step-son, Terrence O'Keith Brown.
Cherished and loving memories will forever live in the hearts of her sons: Tony Simon and Clarence (Kimberlyn) Goode; step-daughter, Sharon Barrett; grandchildren: Tony Simon, Jasmine Goode, Jermaine Goode, Corey Barber and Marlon O'Keith; great-grandaughter, India Simon; great-grandson,Corey Damian Barber Jr.; brothers: Dan Simmons, Douglas Simon, Eugene Simon; special nieces: Ivori Simon, Darcell Simmons; daughters of the heart:Ronda Pilkins, Artelia McDonald, Eva Davis; son of the heart, Waddell Wylie; sisters-in-law:Bernice Gregory, Willa Mae Johnson; her "granddog",Petey; special friend, Georgette Edgerton; a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.
“ Imma Doing”