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August 6, 1938 ~ July 20, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Dorothy Jean Allen was born to the parentage of Yancey Allen and Johnnie Jewel Houston on August 6, 1938 in Dallas, Texas. She was educated in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Class of 1955. Her mother passed away when she was only two years old. She was raised and inspired by her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Houston, who assumed total responsibility. At an early age, she discovered she loved to sing and had an unusual voice. Her deep contralto voice and vocal range made her a phenomenal singer to all that heard her. She accepted Christ at an early age at Saint John Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. As a young girl, because of her very mature voice, she sung with the Adult Mass Choir. At the age of 21, she began her professional career with a group of friends as the Heavenly Angels. In 1968, she joined with Etta Miles to form the sensational group, The Dynamic Duo, the first female group in Texas to sign with Savoy Records.
In 1967, she met and married Lacey McIntosh. After 37 years of marriage, he preceded her in death, June 19, 2004.
Dorothy worked as a Childcare Provider and she cared for so many children in her home during her lifetime. She retired after working at the Ratcliff Leaning Center in Dallas, Texas.
In 1973, she united with Community First Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor C.H. Gerald and Pastor M.O. Gerald. She was a member and soloist in the Mass Choir. She was always inspiring and encouraging children to utilize and developed their gifts and talents. She also worked with Creative Arts activities in the youth department. She later united with Greater Community First Baptist Church in April, 2008, under the leadership of Pastor Emeritus James E. Coleman and now Pastor Dr. LaCedric Williams. She was an active member of the Mass Choir, 9AM Prayer Group, and Sunday School until her health failed. Dorothy voluntarily sang whenever asked in musicals, appreciations, funerals, etc. throughout the city. She was also a charter member of the Seasoned Saints Community Choir, founded by Maestro Kenneth Rowe, now under the direction of Evangelist Shirley Stevenson.
The oldest of her siblings, her sisters, Sheila, Crystal, & Adrian Allen; brother, Charles Taylor (Gladys); cousins, Peggy Busby and James Houston, all preceded her to eternal life. Remaining to cherish her memories are Ella Judie, whom she always referred to as “My Goddaughter & Friend”; cousins, Brenda Pearse, Barbara Johnson, and Donna Gant (Paul); Best friend, Phyllis Hamilton; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.