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Mrs. Dorothy Boone Gamble was born on September 7, 1951, in Pineville, SC. She was the daughter of the late Mrs. Rosa Lee McCray Boone and the late Mr. John Boone. She was also the sister of the late Mr. James Boone, Mr. Thomas Boone, the late Mr. Al Boone, Ms. Mary Boone (all of Brooklyn, NY), Ms. Rennie Boone of Thousand Oaks, CA, the late Mr. Lawrence Boone and Mrs. Annie Mae Wiggins of Miami, FL. Dorothy received her wings on Friday, October 6, 2023, at the age of seventy-two.
Dorothy attended public school in Berkeley County. She graduated from Russellville High School in 1969. She went on to attain her associate degree from Durham Business College and later attained her bachelor’s degree from Vorhees College. Dorothy began her career at the Charleston Naval Shipyard before its closing and later accepted a role at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center until she retired. During retirement, Dorothy often served as a substitute teacher within the Berkeley County School District for many years—where she left behind a legacy of supportive and caring mentorship. She knew the importance of attaining a solid education and took great pride in having a part in her students’ academic progress.
Dorothy was a long-time member of St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church in North Charleston, South Carolina where she was affiliated with various groups within the church, such as: Sunday School, Mass Choir, Adult Choir, Bible Study and an array of other ministries. She was a godly woman—strong, kind, thoughtful and a beacon of light for so many people.
Dorothy was the epitome of a selfless servant. She could often be found up and down the aisles of the local CVS, grocery and department stores with a cart full of toiletries, groceries and clothes/shoes. She often purchased these items to give to those in need at homeless shelters, to Veterans and unwed mothers. She was a routine volunteer who positively impacted the lives of so many. Moreover, she was very passionate about service unto others and careless when it came to her recognition or gain. Dorothy’s daily actions of kindly serving others and having no expectation of receiving anything in return truly mirrored the words once said by Zig Ziglar in that, “no day is complete until you’ve done something for someone else that they can never pay you back for.”
Dorothy married the late Mr. Lykes David Gamble, III in 1976. This wonderful celebration was blessed with four sons (D’Angelo Roderick Gamble, Dendrick Feron Gamble, Dashannon Lykes Gamble and the late Derwin Anton Gamble). She always made it clear to her sons to put God first in all that they do; respect others and work hard. She was also big on her sons’ academic excellence and their vertical growth as decent young men. She made it clear to her sons that strong academics and good behavior was a requirement and any deviation would eliminate their participation in their athletic engagements. Dorothy made sure Sundays remained consistent in the Gamble household too—Sunday School followed by church on Sundays was the norm. Furthermore, Dorothy would often conduct Sunday School lesson on Saturday nights at home before Sunday School on Sunday. She instilled in her sons the core values of preparation, persistence and being ready so no amount of time is ever wasted getting ready.
Dorothy Boone Gamble leaves to cherish her unconditional love and memories to her three sons: D’Angelo Gamble of Columbia, SC, Dendrick (Lyndsey) Gamble, Esq. of Charlotte, NC, Dashannon Gamble of Summerville, SC; her eight grandchildren: Amara Rshell Gamble, Amaris Brielle Lynette Gamble, Audrina Grace Gamble, Camden Cassius Gamble, Connor Ashton Gamble, Kaelyn Amariana Chinyere Gamble, Kayli Janaya Axtell and Lauren Onore’ Gamble; her sisters: Ms. Mary Boone of Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Rennie Boone of Thousand Oaks, CA and Mrs. Annie Mae (Louis) Wiggins of Miami, FL; her brother: Mr. Thomas Boone of Brooklyn, NY, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.
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