Marjorie Beth House Dobbs, 89, a lifelong resident of Calhoun County, died peacefully on Thursday, June 11, 2020, following a lengthy illness. She was the widow of the late Dr. Solon Carter Dobbs, Sr.
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Marjorie leaves a treasured legacy of loving devotion to her husband and extended family, and of selfless Christian service to family, friends, and even strangers at home and literally around the globe.
Visitation for friends and family will be at Calhoun City Cemetery from 10:30am until 11:00am on Monday, June 15, 2020. A Graveside service will be held at the cemetery at 11:00am on Monday with burial to follow. Pryor Funeral Home has the honor of serving the Dobbs family.
She grew up near Calhoun City on a farm, the eldest of eight children of the late Oris and Mae Brasher House, and graduated from Calhoun City High School. While never one to focus on herself, Marjorie was forever proud of serving as a star player on Calhoun City’s 1948-49 State Championship basketball team.
After briefly attending junior college, Marjorie began working at the former Calhoun County Bank and to assist her parents in supporting and raising seven younger siblings. Her work ethic never seemed to end, as she often skipped a lunch break to assist her Aunt Velma Suber at the Belmont Café before returning to work at the bank.
Marjorie and Dr. Carter Dobbs were married January 3, 1964, and her career soon transitioned from banking to that of chair side assistance and office manager for her dentist husband—a change that she did not realize at the time would also take this erstwhile hometown lady on more than 40 mission trips to remote locations on three continents.
The Dobbs’ first mission trip was in 1967, a month long dental mission to the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama, and Marjorie returned vowing to “never again” be gone anywhere for so long. That vow did not last, however, as she found herself going back time and time again to remote locations in South and Central America, Mexico, The Philippines, and even to China and Russia.
She was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for her service for 30 days on a Rotary sponsored dental mission to a Vietnamese refugee camp in The Philippines. She and Dr. Dobbs were featured in a cover article in the Rotarian Magazine for their service that same year.
Back home, her selfless service also included working with children enrolled in the former Excel reading program in Calhoun City.
In addition to their many mission trips, Marjorie and her husband traveled for pleasure to dozens of countries on six of the seven world’s seven continents.
She also became an avid, and pretty good, golfer in her active years.
But Marjorie’s real passion in her private life was gardening. Produce from her large garden near a family cabin at Grenada Lake fed several families each year, and her green thumb provided decorations for many events, including three wedding receptions in her back yard.
While Marjorie was not able to remain active in her later years, her active life and loving devotion to her husband and extended family will be remembered by those she leaves behind.
Survivors include three step-children, Carter Dobbs, Jr (Judy) of Amory, Dr. Jimmy Gage Dobbs (Lynn) of Calhoun City and Maybelle Dove (Joe) of Madison County, along with eight grandchildren, Amy Thompson (Chris), Kathleen Dobbs, Claire Dobbs, Cassie Angle (Jason), Stephen Dove (Megan), Carter Dobbs III (Lyndi), Laurena Williams (Kenny), and Benjamin Dobbs, and twelve great grandchildren.
She also leaves a brother, Joe David House (Gail), of Bartlett, TN, and sisters Polly McConnell (Jim) of Houston, TX, Betty Hardin (John Mike) of Calhoun City and Barbara Hutchins (Frank) of Canyon Lake, TX, sister-in-law, Mary June Pryor House of West Memphis , AR, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, J.O. “Buddy” House and Bobby House, sister Norma Sheldon, and sister-in-law, Sarah Patterson House.
The family of Marjorie House Dobbs owe a special debt of gratitude to her long-time care giver, Shelia Bobo Moore and friends, and to the staff of The Blake in Oxford and the Calhoun County Nursing Home in Calhoun City.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to memorialize Marjorie may consider support for Calhoun City First Baptist Church or Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery Fund.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the family at pryorfuneralhome.com
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