DORIS MANDRELL was born on January 29, 1938, to the late Reverend Hugh Cofield Simmons and Pearlie Mae Simmons of Bayboro, NC. This union produced two children: Doris, who was the oldest, and her brother, Hugh Cofield Simmons, Jr., who preceded her in death. She was married to the late Edward Monroe Mandrell of Live Oak, FL.
Doris was educated in the Pamlico County School System in North Carolina. She attended Livingston College in Salisbury, NC, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She was employed as a schoolteacher by the Kinston Public School System in North Carolina, where she taught Black Studies and American Minorities for 33 1⁄2 years before retiring in 1995.
Doris was raised up in the ammunition of the Lord by her parents, and she gave her life to the Lord at an early age. She was a member of St. Peter’s AME Zion Church in New Bern, NC, where she served in the Ministry of Hospitality until her health would not allow her to physically participate. In 2017, she relocated to Gainesville, FL, where she entered into long-term care at Palm Garden Rehabilitation Center until her demise.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Doris S. Mandrell accepted the Master’s call and entered her eternal and heavenly rest.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: two sons, elder son, Eddie Gino Mandrell of New Bern, NC, and Quintin C. Mandrell of Gainesville, FL, his wife, Sonya Mandrell, and their two children, Kivi Ellis and Cayla Mandrell, both of Gainesville, FL; three great- grandchildren, Dallas Carter Ellis of Gainesville, FL, Alyssa Kayani Ellis of Gainesville, FL, and Gideon Ellis, who preceded her in death; one nephew, Sean Simmons of New Bern, NC; and a host of other relatives, friends, and caretakers
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