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09/20/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Betty Jo Worthington Dorsett

Betty Jo Worthington Dorsett
(03 May 1930 - 17 Sept 2011)

Newport News High School Class of June 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have sad news today.  
        Betty Jo Worthington Dorsett, Class of June 1947, passed away in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the age of 81.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 09/20/11, 11:15 AM - "        Betty Jo Worthington Dorsett":

Hello Carol,        Tue. Sept. 20, 2011

Betty Jo Worthington was in NNHS Class of June 1947.


   Thank you, Fred.  I had forgotten that it wasn't until 1948 that the February and June graduates were combined into one class.

From the Daily Press - 09/19/11:   

                   Betty Jo Worthington Dorsett


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Betty Jo Dorsett, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, 2011. Betty Jo chose to spend her last days at home visiting with family and friends.



Betty Jo was born on May 3, 1930, in Richmond, Va. She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. F.H. Worthington. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1947 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. In 1952, Betty Jo was asked by the Kappa Delta Sorority to help establish the chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also took Master level courses in history.

After a short professional career, Betty Jo married the late Joseph J. Dorsett and turned her considerable people and organizational skills to charity work, particularly through the Junior League. Some of her work included helping to save and restore the Hermitage, a home owned by Aaron Burr in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., fundraising for women services and serving as President of Family Counseling Service Auxiliary of Ridgewood, N.J., for several years. She and her family lived in Louisville, Ky., Wyckoff, N.J., Dallas, Texas, and Ridgewood, N.J., before moving to Charlotte in 1986.

Betty Jo was an athlete throughout her life, playing basketball in high school and college and later tennis and golf. She enjoyed playing golf until shortly before her final illness.

Throughout her life, from school to charity efforts to her sports activities and even as a patient, Betty Jo collected an amazing array of friends from all walks of life. She was truly a person who never met a stranger. The outpouring of love from so many people in her final days, was both a blessing and a comfort to Betty Jo and her family.

She is survived her daughter, Ann T. Dorsett of Charlotte; her son, Joseph J. Dorsett Jr. and his wife, Christine; and grandson, Joseph J Dorsett III, all of Tulsa, Okla.; her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. J.D. Dorsett of Charlotte; her sister, Maryann McComb of Newport News, Va.; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom she loved.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Randolph College (founded as Randolph-Macon Women's College); or to Caring Bridge at

Condolences may also be expressed at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from September 19 to September 20, 2011.   
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September 19, 2011

Mrs. Dorsett.
She sounds like a amazing lady. Sorry to hear about her passing.

~ Kathy

September 20, 2011

~ J. Michael Antoniewicz II, Greensboro, North Carolina

September 20, 2011  

September 20, 2011

Quilly, our condolences from the far side of the world.

September 20, 2011

~ Tim Fishlock, Perth

September 21, 2011 


September 21, 2011


September 21, 2011


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Betty Jo's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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