Dorothy Jean Sandlin

March 22, 1927 - January 2, 2013
Dorothy Jean Sandlin

Dorothy Jean Sandlin, 85, of Wilmington passed Wednesday January 2, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Dot was born in Chicago, Illinois March 22, 1927 the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Moran Stephens, III. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Gribble.

She came to Wilmington in the mid 1950s and was the first gift shop manager at the USS North Carolina Battleship. She then went on to work for the Hilton Riverfront. Before her retirement she was the front desk manager of Whitey’s El-Berta Motor Inn for more than 20 years. She was a longtime member of Residents of Old Wilmington. Along with her volunteer work in the historic district of Wilmington, she was also a pioneer in the restoration of historic homes.

Surviving are daughters Sandra Malpass and husband Billy of Currie, Diane S. Grimes and husband John of Leland, three grandchildren Avery Gray and wife Laura, Brandy Bell and husband Matt, and Daniel Williams II, seven great-grandchildren Dominic, Katelyn, Aidan, Amari, Kiernan, Logan, and Zander. Also surviving are a very special niece Nancy Faye Craig and a special “son” Marlon McDaniels.

Visitation will be held Saturday January 5, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Village Road Memorial Chapel in Leland.

Graveside Services will be held at Oleander Memorial Gardens at 11:30 AM.

Memorial Contributions can be made to an animal rescue charity of one’s choice.

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  • October 22, 2018
    Jacquelyn Barrows says:

  • February 10, 2013
    James says:
    To face trials with the atittude of one training for a race is right! This life we're living now is the proving ground; the training gym; the track. We run through pain, sorrow, adversity and all the other fleeting perils the evil one throws at us because God through Christ has allowed us to glimpse the prize. We must go on to the very last foot. All of us. Because the race, by nature, is not won individually, but through a vast family in Christ.

  • January 03, 2013
    Wade Toth says:
    I am sadden to hear of Dot's death. She and I worked for a number of years at the Bellamy Mansion. Such a nice lady.

  • January 04, 2013
    Becky Bostic Fritts says:
    Sorry to hear about Dot's passing. I used to work with her at the Answer A Phone Service in Wilmington 1980-1982. She was such a sweet lady and full of energy.

  • January 04, 2013
    Tony Rivenbark says:
    I was very sad to see the news in this morning's paper regarding the passing of Dot Sandlin. She was one of the nicest people in the City of Wilmington and she had a passion for the the downtown historic district. I will miss seeing her in the lobby of Thalian Hall before each Historic Preservation Meeting and walking her her little dog on 7th and Princess.