The Honorable Dorothy M. (Medlock) Ware

The Honorable Dorothy M. (Medlock) Ware was born the eleventh child of eleven Children on June 12, 1940 to the late Joe and Ella Medlock.

She lived a fruitful and blessed life, always cherishing her family. Dorothy professed her faith in Christ at an early age and became a lifelong unwavering member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Hampton, AR., where she dedicated herself to the work of the Lord. She was a graduate of McRae High School and a lifelong resident of Hampton. Dorothy obtained her degree in Computer Programming at Oil Belt. She worked at Austin Powder Co., Lockheed Martin, Department of Children and Family Services, and several other places. She was a License Social Worker. She was a foster parent for over 23 years and fostered 56 Children. She served as an advocate in community services fighting for the right of the people. Dorothy was the first African American female to be elected to Public Office in Calhoun County. She served on the Local School Board, and was Justice of Peace District #9 for years and until the present time with the Calhoun County Quorum Court.

Dorothy believed in Higher Education and Equal Opportunity. She believed in volunteering her time and service to the community. She was an advocate for getting and signing for CABUN Clinic. She worked with the Cooperative Extension Service as a volunteer with the 4-H youth and assisted the fund-raising with the Extension Homemaker 4-H Scholarship. She volunteered with Hogskin Quilt Show. She was a member of the United Community Resource Council. She has volunteered her service making sure families were being fed through CADC commodity distributions over 35 years. She wrote that “You have to have passion because Community Action is more than a job. You have to have your hand and fingers on the heartbeat of the community”. She loved gardening and she loved taking care of flowers. Most of ALL she cared for her FAMILY. Dorothy had nieces that were like sisters to her and she also had special friends that she could call upon anytime that was like her sister and brother. She was preceded in death by four sisters: Nancy Medlock Rochell, Mattie Medlock Thomas, Leola Medlock Woods, and Luella Medlock Fowler. Six brothers: Elma, Smead Ozzie, Johnnie, Jody, and Mack Medlock

She leaves to cherish her memory three sons: John C. (Lois) Ware of Arkadelphia, AR, Othelous (Barbara) Ware of Hampton, AR, Andre B. (Dorothy) Ware of Lansing, MI. Two daughters: Tanya W. (Charles) Lewis of Hampton, AR, and Chelitha Hearn of Hot Springs, AR. Fifteen grandchildren: Brent Sumler, Tiffany K. (Glenn) Hill, Jasmine Ware, Alia L. Williams, Dorcee M. Lewis, Edward P. (Rachel) Lewis, Braxton T. (Ariel) Hearn, Shaquavia S. Hearn, Aaron S. Moore, LaTundra R Ware, Olesha R Grant, Zacharias O. Ware, Madison T. Ware, Bella M. Ware, Adriana B. Ware, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The South Arkansas Sun

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