Dorothy Henslee

Dorothy Rose Henslee (Decker)

Saturday, April 11th, 1942 - Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Dorothy Rose Decker Henslee, age 79 of Clarkesville, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2021.

Born in Lavonia, Georgia on April 11, 1942 to the late A.T. Decker and Sara Lee Kesler Decker. Mrs. Henslee moved from Franklin County in 1965 to the Atlanta area where she lived, and worked for Sears for over 30 years, before moving back to North Georgia about 2 years ago. She was a long time, active member of Indian Creek Baptist Church in Stone Mountain where she served on the Hospitality Committee and helped with Vacation Bible School. Mrs. Henslee enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, cooking, getting together and spending time with family. She was a wonderful loved one and friend who always kept in touch with those around her.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Emily Roberts; brother, Thomas Decker.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Donna & Walt Goddard of Clermont and Laurie & Darin Boozer of Clarkesville; grandchildren Cal Anderson (Heather) of Hoschton, Courtney Nelson (Chris) of Fairview, Tennessee, April Connell (Ben) of Flowery Branch, Becca Thompson (Cody) of Jefferson and Katherine Latham (Taylor) of Peachtree Corners; great-grandchildren, Isla, Aubrey, Connor, Carlee, Clay, Sam, Eli, Branson and Maeve; sister, Doris Sapp of Lavonia; several other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 12 noon, Friday May 28, 2021 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart with Pastor Rob Carr officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Gardens in Lavonia, Georgia. Funeral services will be livestreamed on McGahee-Griffin and Stewart’s Facebook page for those not able to attend.

The family will receive friends from 10 am until the service hour on Friday at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), or by mail at, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Service

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 12:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Chapel
    175 VFW Post Rd
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Rob Carr
  • Interment

    Franklin Memorial Gardens
    9589 Georgia 59
    LAVONIA, GA 30553
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martha ann sewell

Posted at 12:56pm
I am hurt by her leaving, but I loved her so much. She sung with me in the choir, and I know you're hurting like I am. This is for Donna and Laurie.
- Martha Ann Sewell

Steve Collins

Posted at 04:50pm
Aunt Dot was an amazing woman. Always so kind and sweet! I always enjoyed seeing her and visiting with her. She was an amazing cook and loved to cook for family and friends. She loved to garden and her yard looked beautiful! In later years, I enjoyed talking with her on the phone and keeping up with all she was doing. I will miss her tremendously. She made our family a better family! I am comforted knowing that she is in Heaven now where she is no longer suffering. I also know that I will see her again!
Steve Collins

Ron Hill

Posted at 09:43pm
So sorry for your loss. Dot was a great friend and fellow employee for many years. We have missed her at our reunion lunches.
God bless her family.
Ron Hill

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