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Evangelist Dora Lee Bacchus departed this life August 16, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York at SUNY Downstate Hospital. Dora was born February 21, 1944 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her parents Lucille and Myers Woodberry allowed Dora to be raised in Britton’s Neck, South Carolina by her aunt Roxie Graves. Dora was a graduate of Bethel High School. In 1963 Dora married Henry Lee Bacchus also of Britton’s Neck, they then made Brooklyn, New York their home. Dora was employed for a short time at a Record Factory before becoming a full-time Domestic Engineer. She occasionally performed domestic work in the Rockaways and she also worked on a food truck located right outside on the street near her apartment building.
In the late 60s, Dora dedicated her life to God and became a member of The Holy Church of God where her cousin and good friend Reverend Grant Hemingway, Jr. and his wife Evangelist Mary Hemingway, lead their Pentecostal Congregation. As Dora was elevated in her faith, she became an Ordained Minister, Evangelist and Assistant Pastor at The Holy Church of God. Most recently, although she was not an official member she attended and her works were recorded at the Open Door Church of God located on Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
Evangelist Dora Lee Bacchus was very spiritual. She was blessed with the gift of discernment. She was also a gifted singer, she lead many songs performed by her church choir “The Little Angels”. She was a confidante and loyal friend to many. She could keep secrets like literally no one else’s business. She gave lots of love and provided great advice to all that knew her. She often opened her home of others, especially friends of her children. She took special care of them and treated them as if they were her own. If you were around her you would "want for nothing” as she would provide assistance to you without you ever asking. She was an exceptional dresser, a gifted seamstress and interior decorator. Dora was also a prankster she made up believable stories and created realistic scenarios and carried them out to the end. Dora was a huge lover of Pepsi Cola, specifically Cherry Pepsi preferably over fine crushed ice.
Evangelist Dora Lee Bacchus is preceded in death by her husband Henry Lee Bacchus who passed away in 1997; her parents: Lucille and Myers Woodberry; her aunt: Roxie Graves; her mother and father-in-law: Annie Belle and Joe Bacchus; her brother: Tyrone Woodberry; brothers-in-law: Bobby Bacchus and Morgan Bacchus and sister-in-law Vera Brown Woodberry.
Evangelist Dora Lee Bacchus is the mother of Sharon (Charles) Stevenson, ShakeemaBacchus, Cemadoll Bacchus and DeEric (Lace) Bacchus. Dora played an integral part in raising her two oldest grandchildren Cennellis Baron and Ray Hall in her home. Dora also provided the best love and support she could to her younger grandchildren (she never forgot a birthday and she always provided gifts to them on special occasions and holidays) DeEric Bacchus Jr., Cassidy Blackburne, and Cahri Blackburne. Dora was fortunate to spend quality time, days before her death with her one great-granddaughter Kailee Hall.
Evangelist Dora Lee Bacchus leaves to cherish her fond memories brother: Myers "Buddy"Woodberry Jr.; her sisters: Mary L. (Shuler) Graves, Sarah J. (Lavern) Rogers and Linda (Thomas) Richardson; brothers and sisters-in-law: Edward (Margaret) Bacchus, Annie Joe (Robert Lee) Woodberry, Mary Elizabeth (Eddie) Johnson, Julia D. (Larry) Holland, Wanda (McMillan) Davis, Carnell (Ricky) Taylor, Maxine (Gerald) Rogers, MozeniaBacchus, and Wanda Johnson-Woodberry; special friends: Evangelist Maybelle Salters, Elder MargettaRogers, and Julia Woodberry; godson: Rodney Graves; goddaughters: Jawannia Salters-McCarden and Juanita Salters and a host of other family, relatives, members and friends.