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“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I am found, and God has set me free.”
God had a special plan on January 25, 1926, in Brunswick, Georgia when he blessed the late William (Sonny) Grant and the late Carrie Johnson Wade with their daughter, Dorothy Louise Grant. Throughout her life, she spread the joy and love of her Lord and Saviour. She fulfilled His wishes wherever He led her, offering her selfless deeds and her kind and encouraging words to all. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. On August 20, 2023, the angel of eternal rest quietly came and sealed the lips of our beloved Mother, grandmother, Granny, Nanna, Gigi, D, My Girl, Dorrie, and friend, Dorothy Louise Grant Carter Singleton.
Dorothy Carter Singleton was reared in the Pennick Community. She accepted Christ into her life at an early age in a little wooden church in the Pennick Community called St. John Missionary Baptist Church. She sang in the choir, served as church secretary, Sunday School Teacher, Deaconess, and Mother of the church; she loved her church. In 2000, after much prayer, she asked the St. John Baptist Church members to submit a proposal to Salem Baptist Church to merge both churches and become Salem St. John Baptist Church. The proposal was approved, and she went on to serve as trustee and Mother of the church there. She served faithfully until her failing health curtailed her involvement. Mother Singleton was an avid reader and a world traveler. The places she had visited included: Hawaii, Germany, Paris, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Kuwait, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Jersey, and Maryland, just to name a few. She loved being outside in her yard, which she kept immaculate. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She worked several years at Brunswick Memorial Hospital as a dietary, a cafeteria worker at Glynn County School, and a Rich Sea Park supervisor until her retirement.
In April 1943, she was united in holy matrimony to the late John Monique Carter. Their union was blessed with eight children: Wilma, the late Johnny, Beverly, Rose, William, Solomon, Jeanette, and Cynthia. Oh, how she loved her children. After the death of her children’s father, she was blessed to be united again in marriage in September 1988, to the late Deacon Jacob
Mother Singleton was also preceded in death by her son, John Carter, Sr.; grandsons, Ronald Grant and John Carter, Jr.; granddaughter, Joan Carter Cummings; great-granddaughter, Crystal Grant; daughter-in-love, Tina Carter; son-in-love, George Gardner; brothers, William (Bill) Grant, Nathaniel Johnson, and Matthew Grant; and sister, Johnnie Bell Grant.
There comes a time of weeping and mourning, but at the end of the mourning are memories to be cherished. Mother Singleton left a legacy of love, strong faith, and family to cherish her beautiful and unforgettable memories: her children, Wilma Gardner, Beverly Turner, Rose Coleman (Robert), William Carter, Sr. (Donna), Solomon Carter, Jeanette Simmons (Tommy), Cynthia Rogers (Julius), and bonus daughter, Margaret Murphy; brother, Walter Wade (Peggy); sisters, Mae Williamson, Darlene Brown, and Etta Brown; 30grandchildren, 55 great-grands, 23 great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild; goddaughter, Veronica Jenkins; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, many, many friends, and neighbors.