Mary Helen Nesbitt Dockins, 71, of Jupiter, FL, and formerly of Hobe Sound, FL, passed away Feb. 17, 2012 at Jupiter Medical Center.
Born Dec. 5, 1940 in Tutwiler, MS to the late David Nesbitt and the late Hattie Caldwell-Dockins, she was educated in the public schools of Tallahatchie County, MS and Shelby County, TN. After the death of her mother in 1953, she and three brothers moved to Memphis, TN to be cared for by their aunt and uncle, the Rev. and Mrs. Wynn. She moved to Hobe Sound in 2009 when her health began to fail and relocated to Jupiter two weeks ago.
Before retirement, she was employed as a housekeeper for the Tennessee Housing Authority.
Mrs. Dockins was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Memphis.
Survivors include her husband, James Dockins; son, DeWayne Bernard (Carolyn) Mitchell Sr. of Hobe Sound; daughter, Michelle Mitchell of Memphis; three granddaughters, LaShanta Mitchell and Bianca Rich, both of Hobe Sound, and Precious Maxwell of Port St. Lucie, FL; two grandsons, DeWayne Bernard Mitchell Jr. of Hobe Sound and James L. Dixon of Atlanta, GA; five great-grandsons, Brian Dames Jr., Brette Dames, Dianchi MColister Jr., Abrian Atkins and DeWayne Bernard Mitchell IV; great-granddaughter, Avonna Maxwell; three stepsons, Derell, Victor and Kenny Mitchell, all of Memphis; stepdaughter, Rosalind Mitchell of Memphis; a play sister, Mary Young; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including special friend, L.C. Pegise.
In addition to her parents and those who raised her, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clemmon, Clyde and John Nesbitt; and grandson, DeWayne Bernard Mitchell III.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Thorne's Mortuary Chapel in Stuart, FL. A Homegoing Celebration will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb.25, at New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Hobe Sound with the Rev. David George, pastor, and the Rev. Tyrone Guthrie officiating.
Memories and condolences may be left at Thorne's Mortuary