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Dorothy Lorene Shope

November 30, 1928 ~ July 21, 2020 (age 91)

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Dorothy Lorene Shope, 91, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Dorothy was born November 30, 1928 in Swain County to the late Norman and Martha DeHart Holden.

Dorothy was a home maker and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. You could count on her playing Canasta on Friday nights. She was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church and formerly played the piano. She was of the Baptist faith.

Dorothy is survived by a son Edwin Wade Shope (Carolyn) of Franklin, NC;  two daughters, Ruth Shope Dowdle (Ronnie) of Otto, NC and Lynn Shope Nicholson (Tommy) of Franklin, NC; a daughter in law Gail Shope of Franklin, NC; four grandchildren, Wade Shope, Jr.(Tracie), Delena Raby(Bobby), Crystal Dowdle and Kimberly Ledford (Ben); five great grandchildren, Chelsie Raby, Hannah Smith, Macie Ledford, Sydnie Shope and Lucas Shope.  In addition to her parents, Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Woodrow Shope; a son, Aaron Keith Shope; three sisters, Pearl Potts, Myrtle Shepherd and Eddis Patterson; three brothers, Coburn Holden, Gardner Holden and Paul Holden.

A private graveside service will be held. Pallbearers will be Ben Ledford, Bobby Raby and Wade Shope, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations in Dorothy’s memory be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC PO Box 815 Franklin, NC 28744.


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Private Committal

Woodlawn Cemetery
1202 Old Murphy Road
Franklin, NC 28734

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