Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Dorothy R. McLemore "Donee"

02/25/1920 - 10/19/2017

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 11am, Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Pleasant Grove Bapist Church
2153 Kempsville Road Virginia Beach VA

Interment Information

Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street Norfolk VA

Donee McLemore placed the Lord before everything in her life and thanked Him daily for His many blessings. She surrendered peacefully on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Donee was born in Edegefield, South Carolina, the ninth child of eleven children born to Eli and Essie McLemore. Her given name was Dorothy, but she preferred and was best known as Donee. While she was still an infant, the family relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Donee was formally educated there, and also accepted Christ as her personal savior. At the tender age of eleven, she was baptized by the late Rev. E.T. Terry. As a teenager, Donee relocated to Brooklyn, New York. In 1965, she joined the congregation of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, then under the leadership of the late Rev. Lymon Lowe. Donee was a very dedicated member. It was also known by everyone who knew her, that she had a flare for fashion. Donee proceeded to form a group, later to be known as “Donee’s Guys and Dolls,” and for a period of 20 years, she successfully directed and presented a series of musical fashion shows. These shows started in the Sunday School Room, progressed to the Billie Holiday Theater, and ended at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was quite a run. The proceeds were for the benefit of the Mt. Sinai B.C. building fund. Later, under the direction of Rev. Dr. Curtis L. Whitney, Donee was called to arms again. She became chairperson for a number of years of yet another program known as Calendar Boys and Girls. Donee didn’t stop there. She loved the children and wanted to implement a dance program for the benefit of young people. She was instrumental, with the help of the Jubilation Dance Troupe and others, to form the Mt. Sinai B.C. Praise Dance Ministry. The first performance took place at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in 1994. And from then on, it had a life of its own. Donee retired from Chock full o’ Nuts. In her twilight years, she moved to Virginia Beach with her devoted friend Mavis DeSousa and joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She continued her community service and attended Noon Day Prayer. She often referred to this group as her family group and it was her wish that the group continue to grow. While living at Lynnhaven Cove she participated in many of its activities, including the Gospel Group and Dancersise. Aside from her many attributes, Donee was a kind and caring person. One can truly say she never met a stranger. Donee leaves to cherish her memory one sister-in-law, Elsa Gordon; five God Children, John, Kimberly, Tod, Brenda, and Ernestine; and her guardian angels Walter and Lillian Dozier. She also leaves to celebrate her life a host of family and friends to mourn her passing.

Rose Gentilini Dear Family and loved ones of Donee, I knew her as "Auntie" and she came almost every week to The Mount Lebanon Baptist Church Seniors Line Dance with Brenda. She cheered us on, and greeted me with a hug and a kiss every week. She was so warm and kind, with a word of encouragement to keep on dancing. Thanks for sharing her with us, Brenda. What a precious one that is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will miss her.
Posted: 11/1/2017
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Paulette & Omarr Newberns WOW - Gone but not forgotten, what A Legacy! My work with Ms. Donee was extensive; the birth of the Praise Dance Ministry at Mt. Sinai in partnership with the Jubulation Dance Co., Modeling with the "Guys & Dolls", the calendar Boys and Girls where my son Omarr made 1st place and won fame on the cover of the calendar.... the opportunities are too numerous to list. Yes, our motivating, hard working Queen made us feel like we could do the IMPOSSIBLE! Rest in Peace my Sister, you will forever be remembered.
Posted: 10/24/2017
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Deacon Tyson Lillard Ms. Donee, You are truly one of the great woman of the Lord. You had a style of your own. You brought so much brightness and delight to so many people's lives. Mt. Sinai has lose one of it angels. You will be truly missed by so many. We will never forget you.
Posted: 10/24/2017
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Christopher K Wright Wow. So sad to hear. Ms. Donee was always stylish, classy and well-dressed. Ultimate diva... with a kind heart. Glad I had the chance to work with her on many occasions doing graphic design for many of her programs. Such a beautiful spirit… always! My prayers to her family.
Posted: 10/24/2017
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Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fleming and Family In loving memory of a beautiful individual Donee! I feel so honored to have been under her tutelage for so many, many years. I was part of her Guys and Dolls and participated in many of the Calendar Contest programs. I’ve even been a customer at Chock Full of Nuts! Well done - sleep in peace our Queen 🙏🏾🙏🏾
Posted: 10/23/2017
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Roxie Mckoy Praying for the family and friends.I had the pleasure of working with Donnee at MSBC-What an awesome Lady!GOD BLESS you all.Peace and love. Roxie Mckoy and Family
Posted: 10/23/2017
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Florence Felder-Bonaparte Prayers and Blessings to the family. She was a great influence in my and my family life while at Mt Sinai Baptist Church .
Posted: 10/23/2017
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Sandy Owen Please accept my condolences on your loss. May God comfort you all. From a sister in Christ at BSF
Posted: 10/23/2017
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Nikki My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Please know that others care and pray that God continue to comfort you, 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Posted: 10/22/2017
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