Dorothy Marie Sims-Allen was born on March 8, 1944 in Prescott, Arkansas, located
in Nevada County. She was the only child born to Joe and Myrtle Mae Gulley Sims.
Dorothy was an active and lively little girl who accepted Christ at a tender age.
She was a life-long member of St. John Baptist Church in Bluff City, Arkansas.
Dorothy was a 1962 graduate of McRae High School in Prescott, Arkansas. She
studied nursing in Rockford, Illinois upon graduation with hopes of one day
becoming a nurse. However, she had to relocate back to Arkansas due to her father’s
passing. Dorothy was a member of the Royal Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star Prince
Hall Affiliation Arkansas Jurisdiction Ferdinand Chapter 138 of Chidester, Arkansas.
She was also a member of the Giving Club.
She married Thomas E. Moss, Sr. on April 20, 1963, and to this union three children were born.
She later married Rev. Marshall Allen on October 5, 1990 and has co-labored with
him as pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church in Bluff City, Arkansas and presently
at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Smithton, Arkansas. She served on the Mother’s Board,
Choir member, and Usher. She had a sweet and welcoming spirit.
Dorothy was employed at General Dynamics in Camden, Arkansas for 28 years.
She was fondly nick-named Moose by her co-workers. She was also employed at
Hours of Joy DayCare, in Gurdon, Arkansas, for approximately 10 years. Her latest
employment was with Walmart SuperCenter in Arkadelphia, AR, where she was a
greeter for 15 years. Her infectious smile and friendly demeanor
made every shopping experience a pleasant one. Her favorite color was yellow and
her style could illuminate any eye. She will be remembered by her famous sayings,
“ well now “ and “ what kind of mess is that? “. Dorothy could be considered a
“Fashionista” by many and she always took pride in looking beautiful from head to toe,
which included her hair, clothes and nails.
Dorothy was the epitome of daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend,
matriarch, mentor, neighbor, counselor, confidante and servant. Her doors were
always open for food, fun, and fellowship. She loved to cook “soul food” and
her home was the place to gather for a great meal and many laughs. She especially
loved holidays and always decorated her yard during the Christmas season.
Her family, church family, neighbors, and friends knew she had a passion for lovely
flowers and rose bushes.
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, she transitioned from this earthly life surrounded
by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Tanasia Marks,
and great-granddaughter Jadasia Cole.
Because love is far greater than death, her memories will live on in the hearts of her
husband, Rev. Marshall Allen; Children, Thomas (Janet) Moss, Jr., of
Prescott, AR., Gregory E. Moss of Bluff City, AR., and Teritha Muldrow of Emmet, AR,
bonus son, Marshall Allen of Benton, AR; ten grandchildren and twenty-three
great-grandchildren ; Marie Tate of Sherwood, AR, whom she loved like a sister.
She leaves a host of relatives and friends and the Eastern Star Baptist Church family.
The family hour will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at St. John Baptist Church in Bluff City, Arkansas with the OES Ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, 274 Hwy 57, Chidester, Arkansas with Rev. Larry Bishop, eulogist. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery.