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Dorsey Funeral Home is located at 727 Northwest 2nd Street (before July 1, 1950, the address was 909 North Pleasant Street). In the early days of the Depression the structure, built about 1919, was occupied by a restaurant, but in 1932 it became the home of White & Jones Funeral Home. The business was operated by Rev. D. E. White and Azzie Jones. Rev. White was also a public school teacher, a railway mail carrier, and the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church from 1939 until his death in 1968. Arnold D. Dorsey joined the firm in 1961 and bought out Rev. White when White retired in 1964. The firm was owned and operated for many years by Mr. Dorsey and his wife, Mable. Mr. Dorsey grew up in Tallahassee and began working in the funeral home business as a funeral director's attendant when he was only 15 years old. Mrs. Dorsey was born in North Carolina but lived most of her life in Gainesville. She attended Lincoln High School in Gainesville and Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. She did graduate work at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee and at New York University. Mrs. Dorsey died October 19, 1996. This photograph was copied with the permission of the Pleasant Street Historic Society.
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