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Josephine D. Dooley

May 24, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
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Josephine Delores "Red" Dooley, age 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at CHI St. Vincent hospital in Hot Springs, Ark. Surrounded by her loving family, friends and dedicated nurses, Josephine left this world to join her heavenly rest. She was born on May 2, 1932, in Ansley, La., to her beloved parents, Charlie and Delsie Hill.

Delores is preceded in death by both her parents, her sons, Gary Dooley and Tony Hill, her sisters, Celestine McCrainey and Virginia Lewis, as well as her brothers, Charlie Hill Jr., James Hill, Clyde Hill and Carl Hill.

In the 1950s, Josephine relocated to Hot Springs, where she met and married the love of her life, Thomas Dooley, who preceded her in death. Josephine was a dedicated homemaker who found joy in cooking, gardening and decorating her home for various holidays throughout the year.

Josephine's legacy lives on through her cherished family, including her son, Dewayne Dooley, and her six daughters: Cassandra Dixon, Gwendolyn Boyd, Tammie Hill, Tommie Dooley, Tina Dooley and Pamela Forte. She will be lovingly remembered by her 15 grandchildren. Additionally, Josephine leaves behind 22 great-grandchildren. She also had multiple great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who held a special place in her heart.

The family of Josephine Delores Dooley would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Anthony Santel Hill, Pamela Forte, Nina Dixon, and Denine Hill, Ricky Johnson for their unwavering care and support during Josephine's time of need. Their presence and assistance were a source of comfort and strength.

The visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2023, at Carrigan Memorial Funeral Service, 336 E. Grand, Hot Springs, Ark.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023, Visitors Chapel AME Church, 319 Church St., Hot Springs, AR 71901.

A guest registry has been created at for those who wish to share their condolences and memories.

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