A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)
Guided by HIS angels, our beloved entered into eternal peace with the Lord on Saturday, August 25, 2018. She left quietly in the serenity of her own home, as she ended her bout with cancer. On March 16, 1936, Vera was born to the union of Kelley Dawsey, Sr. and Emma Liza Odoms. She was the youngest of three children. At a young age she met and married the love of her life, army veteran Robert Henry Solomon. This beautiful union, on May 12, 1953, quickly produced eight children. She attended Houston County Public Schools. She was a life-long resident of Perry, Georgia.
As a child and young adult, she energetically embraced life. She spent much time with her devoted maternal grandmother who was affectionately known as “Granny Dowdy”. She frequently followed her many places, including church. As a teenager, she decided to “make Jesus her choice” and joined New Hope Baptist Church, her mother’s home church. As a lifelong member, she had many fond experiences and memories, including being a part of the Mission Ministry.
As an informed adult, Vera embraced social justice. In the early sixties and the seventies, she was relentless in her pursuit of a world that embraced us all. She, along with her husband and the “village that it takes to raise a child”, led by actions instead of words. She frequently exercised her civic duties as an active, informed citizen. The “God” in Vera allowed her to raise eight children with ORDER. She embraced the concept of GOD—FAMILY—ME. In short, she understood that God is the beginning and the end—seek HIM first. Family is a gift from God. He makes us all in his image but we are all unique. It is okay to be different. God loves us the same. Me referred to each of her children digesting “food” for the mind and soul. To be of service to others, this was essential.
As an angel of god, she was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. Emma Liza Matthews (mother), Mr. Kelley Dawsey, Sr. (father), Mr. Johnny Matthews (daddy), and Mrs. Bernice Norwood (sister/friend). She leaves the following to cherish her legacy of compassion, empathy, and love: Her siblings*Johnnie “Buddy” Dawsey—Milwaukee, WI and Kelley Dawsey, Jr.—Roberta, GA. Her children* Alphonso Solomon—Virginia Beach, VA; Derrick Solomon—Los Angeles, CA; Loretta Solomon Chapman—Dumfries, VA; Robert Keith Solomon—Lilburn, GA; Marion Alan Solomon—Tacoma, WA; Cassandra Solomon Graves (Walter b. Graves)—Jacksonville, FL; Curtis Raynard Solomon (Catherine Solomon)—Bonaire, GA; Naomi Solomon Wilcher—Macon, GA.; Her grandchildren* Vonetta Brown, Carlton T. Plant, Gavin Rumph, Ryan Plant, Brandon Solomon, Javarre Chapman, Javis Chapman, Ethan Rumph, Erica Porter, Corey Solomon, Nadia Wilcher, and Kayla Graves; Her sister-cousins*Johnnie Mae Harding and Annie Pearl Adkinson. Her devoted nephews *Kelly Daniel Dawsey, and Anthony Dawsey; Her devoted nieces *Fannie Corbin, Kellise Solomon Jones, and Krysta Solomon; Her god-children*Dudley Barnes and Beverly George Her devoted friends *Minnie Hires, Pearlie Dixon, Maggie Mae Eubanks. She also leaves a host of family and friends including great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.