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Dora Bernice (Smith) Council

September 6, 1936 ~ October 28, 2021 (age 85)

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Dora Bernice Smith Council was born on September 6, 1936, in Greensville County, Virginia. She was one of eleven children born to the late Robert and Lena Smith. She fell asleep at home surrounded by loved ones, on Thursday, October 28, 2021 and she is awaiting Jehovah’s call.

In 1956, Dora was united in marriage to the Archie E. Council and from that union four children were born. Dora was employed first with the Jersey City Police Department in the early 70’s and later transitioned to The Federal Reserve Bank in New York as a typist and later promoted to Treasury Processing Clerk until her retirement in 1994.

After her retirement Dora returned to Greensville County, Virginia, where she cared for her elderly parents, until their transition.

Dora dedicated her life and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1963 and served faithfully, until her death. Dora enjoyed going out in the field ministry, pioneering, giving talks, international conventions and working with the Local Design Construction (LDC).

Dora was a devoted wife, mother, grandma, grammy, aunt, and friend. Many remember her as a person who spoke softly, but firm. Dora was very easy to talk to and would give you the shirt off her back. Dora also enjoyed traveling, playing cards, baseball and gardening.

Dora was preceded in death by her husband Archie E. Council, parents Robert and Lena Smith, sisters, Elizabeth, Lucille, Lerlen, Helen, brothers, Raymond and Albert.

She leaves to cherish her memory: her devoted children, Lisa D. Council and Robert E. Council both of Emporia, Virginia, Anthony Council (Brenda) Plainfield, New Jersey and Gregory Council (Julia) Charlotte, North Carolina; ten grandchildren, Robert Jr., Lolita, Rashawn, Angelica, Christopher, Donovan (Sydney), Brittany (Alan), Kimmika, Jahlanie and Jioni; twenty great-grandchildren, Anayah, Jenascia, Anthony, Arese, Te’raya, Tanyla, Lyric, J’vay, Jauhar, Rashawn Jr., Cheyanne, Skye, Yaseen, Symphony, London, Jariah, Elijah, Melody, Gabrielle, Nevaeh and King; two sisters, Pauline Williams of Emporia, Virginia and Francis Devaine of Jersey City, New Jersey; a host of other relatives and friends.



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