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Homegoing Services for Mrs. Doris Jean Weatherly will be on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at United Christian Church, with Minister Derrick Austin, Eulogist. Burial at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation will be tonight 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the
funeral home.

Doris Jean Roden Weatherly was surrounded by her loving family at home when she went home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

Doris was born and raised in Collinsville, DeKalb County, the youngest of five siblings to the union of the late Charlie D. Roden and Edna McConnell Roden. It was in her hometown that she met and married the handsome young Percy Weatherly after he returned from service in World War II.

Doris always had a thirst for knowledge, and as a young married student, she completed her college degree in English and Library Science from Alabama State University in 1957. The couple settled in Gadsden, where they both worked as educators and raised two daughters.

Doris remained a devoted teacher in the Gadsden City School system for 30 years, where she taught first grade for many of those years. She developed a special bond with many of her students that continued into their adulthood.

Doris loved the Lord and served faithfully at Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church, Gadsden, until her health declined.

Doris was a ray of sunshine that lit up a room. She was a "people" person and others were drawn to her warm personality and radiant smile. Even into her later years, she remained active in the community and could be found around town at various local events with family & friends. Some of the organizations she was affiliated with include: the Alabama State University Alumni Association, Sears Retiree Organization, Gadsden City School System Retirees, the local AARP Association, among others. Mrs. Weatherly was an honorary employee at Quality of Life Health Services because of her involvement with the organization and their health education programs and events.

"Jean", as she was affectionately called by many who loved her, will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. She will be deeply missed as we cherish her precious memory.

She is survived by daughters, Vanessa Weatherly and Tchelindria (Derrick) Austin, both of Gadsden; sister, Eleanor Roden Stewart of San Jose, California; five grandchildren, Andrea (Charles) Miller of Berea, Kentucky, Amadis Laster, Zoe Austin, Derrick Charles Austin and Delia Alexis Nail, all of Gadsden; two great-grandchildren, Charlie and David Miller of Berea; a devoted caregiver, Ms. Mary Jenkins; and a host of nieces, nephews, many dear cousins and friends.

Service by Professionals, Gadsden Memorial Funeral Home.

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  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gadsden Memorial FH
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    The Slaughter & Griffin families would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Weatherly family for the lost of their beloved family member. Mrs Weatherly's kindness and virtue will always be remembered.
    ~ Margaret (Slaughter) Griffin & James B Slaughter,Jr   Las Vegas, NV
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    My prayers are with you and love you.
    ~ Yvette Williams   GADSDEN
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    To Vanessa & family: Lean on the Lord for HIS amazing grace. Doris was an excellent teacher and she leaves many fond memories with the Adams Ekementary kids/staff.
    ~ Brenda Hutchinson & Kathryn L Barrett   Gadsdeb, AL
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
    Mrs Weatherly was a lady with such a warm personality and a big giving heart. I will miss her. Such good memories being around her and the family. Prayers to the family and may your memories keep her spirit alive. With sympathy, Keli Edwards Faye Edwards and family
    ~ Keli Edwards   College Park, MD
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    To the Weatherly family, my prayers goes out to the family. She is at peace.
    ~ Lewis Williams   Redan, GA
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    we Praying for your family
    ~ David Jones and family   Gadsden, AL
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019
    To the Weatherly family,, The community has lost a great leader who served many generations with Love and Compassion.
    ~ Rev. John Horton   Jersey City, NJ
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    In this difficult time in your life, may you find comfort in God’s word, the Bible. James 4:8 encourages; “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you.”
    ~ J Baker   Gadsden, AL