Dorothy Seale Sojourner | 1921 - 2013 | Obituary

Dorothy Seale Sojourner
Dorothy Seale Sojourner

October 23, 1921 - April 04, 2013

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Dorothy Seale Sojourner

Services paying tribute to the life of Dorothy Seale Sojourner, 91, of Natchez, MS, who died Thursday, April 4, 2013 at her home, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 8th, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel in Natchez with Rev. Russell Wagoner officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 7th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Sojourner was born October 23, 1921 in Monroe, MS, the daughter of Cletus Aaron Seale and Mary Lillie McCall Seale.

In July of 1940, she married A. Boyd Sojourner. Following their marriage she devoted much of her life to the history and preservation of Oakwood Plantation, her husbands family home, located in the Kingston Community south of Natchez. Her work at Oakwood included extensive Natchez and Mississippi history and she became a well-known historian and preservationist contributing documentation and insight to many writers and authors through the years.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Past-President of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Descendants of the Jersey Settlers, Natchez Historical Society, Mississippi Historical Society, The Natchez Historic Foundation and the Pilgrimage Garden Club. She was recognized by the Historical Society as Preservationist of the Year and named an Unsung Hero by the Natchez Democrat. Sojourner contributed greatly in preservation of Rosalie, Historic Jefferson College and numerous other historical sites in Adams County.

Sojourner’s life was defined by her unwavering faith and the teachings of the Holy Bible. She was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church in Natchez, where she was an active member for more than sixty years. Her service included teaching Sunday school and being a life-long pianist and organist.

For nearly half her life she was the wife of a long-time Adams County public official and shared in his love of service to the community and helping others. Outside of her involvement in historical projects and church activities she was dedicated to the Judge George W. Armstrong Library, was a founding member of Pleasant Acre Day School and volunteered with many community organizations.

One of her greatest passions and blessings was her family, and was evident in the devotion and time she spent in shaping their lives. Spending time at Oakwood with her children, grandchildren and extended family was where she found her greatest joy and lived out her final years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Oliver Seale; her husband A. Boyd Sojourner; and twin grand-daughters of son Jack and wife, Sandra Sojourner.

Survivors include her two children, a daughter, Virginia Sojourner Harrigan and husband, Dwight, of Fulton, Ala. and a son, Jack Sojourner and wife, Sandra, of Natchez; five grandchildren, Chip Harrigan and wife, Susan, of Grove Hill, Ala., Jeff Harrigan of Grove Hill, Ala., Patrick Harrigan and wife, Michelle, of Monroeville, Ala., Melanie Sojourner and Mary Ellen Sojourner, both of Natchez; eight great-grandchildren, Drew, Libby and Billy Harrigan, all of Grove Hill, Ala., Virginia Ann and Elle Harrigan, both of Monroeville, Ala., Kaelin and Dayne Daye, both of Natchez, and Hayden Newman of Natchez; two sisters, Cleta Faye Brumfield, of Natchez, Jean Simonton and husband, Max, of Natchez; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Chip Harrigan, Patrick Harrigan, Drew Harrigan, Hayden Newman, Carroll Lee Sojourner and Hank Brumfield.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Bailey, Max Simonton, Boyd White, Mike Depta, Mike Harrigall and Jerome Arnold.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church 522 Highway 61 S' Natchez, MS 39120 Judge George W. Armstrong Library 220 South Commerce Street Natchez, MS, 39120 Historic Jefferson College P. O. Box 700 Washington, MS 39190 ot Charity of your choice.

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