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The final sunset for our beloved mother, Dorothy Lee Roper McKinnon-Sawyer was Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:05 p.m. Mother McKinnon-Sawyer was the second daughter born to the late Belton Roper and Hattie McQueen Roper in Hoke County, NC. 

Mother McKinnon-Sawyer was loved and cherished by her surviving children, Ms. Reva McKinnon Spencer of Roanoke, VA, Bishop Cervin (Sylvia) McKinnon of Houston, TX, Dr. Steve (Marva) McKinnon of Statesville, NC, Ms. Pamela McKinnon Allen of Winston Salem, NC and Ms. Sharon McKinnon Williams of Greensboro, NC; twenty grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Brenda (William) Roper Monroe; one brother, John Roper; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Word of Life Tabernacle, 1801 Deep River Road. The family will receive friends on Friday (tonight) evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel, and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.





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  • Thursday, June 14, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
    Note to my 2nd Mom: My heart is so very heavy, but I know that you are watching over me. You have finally taken your well-earned place on the right hand of the Father. I will very much miss our talks, us laughing and your wisdom that you often imparted in me. I know that the conversations that we had, while sitting on your couch, worked because the anger I have built up inside has not erupted. Although I told you before you closed your eyes for the final time, Thank You for EVERYTHING that you poured into my Spirit. Mom as you would say, now you are WELL, and it is “Well with my Soul.” Rest easy because I will see you again, and I don’t have a doubt that you have put in a word with GOD for me. LOVE ALWAYS, your Ride or Die Daughter.
    ~ Michelle D. Alston (Adopted Daughter)   High Pont, NC
  • Monday, June 18, 2018
    To My Dear Momma: Over the years, you have taught me so much about life. I thank God that he blessed me with you in my life. I miss you so much. It hurts me that the future plans we made will not be spent together but you will always be in my heart. I love you Momma so much but I will always remember all the things you taught me and all the prayers that you have said for me. Thank you for all the prayers that you said for me and all you taught me. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts. Your loving daughter, Agnes Malloy P.S. On June 12th, the Lord receives another angel. My momma Mrs. Dorothy McKinnon-Sawyer
    ~ Agnes Malloy   High Point, NC
  • Monday, June 18, 2018
    Mrs. McKinnon-Sawyer, I've known you for over 25 years. You have been more of a mother to me than my own mother. I was glad that I was here to help you whenever you needed me. I love you and I will miss you dearly. Thank you for all you taught me and I will miss you so much but I know you're at peace now because the Lord saw fit to call you home. Love you son, John Malloy
    ~ John Malloy   High Point, NC
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    To the My Cousin Cervin My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dear mother. I know that is a very difficult time for you as death is an enemy to all of us. The lost of a precious family member and the pain that we experience from that lost is not easy. May you find comfort and strength in Jehovah God’s words at Revelation 21:4, which gives us a sure promise that death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. I pray that He will grant you peace at this most difficult time. I am so sorry. Beverlyn
    ~ Beverlyn Brown   Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Friday, June 29, 2018
    Sorry for your loss, however, we reflect on the past and fond memories of the entire family, we rejoice in the hope and assurance of a new life awaiting her and we hope to see her again in heaven.
    ~ Ralph & Renee Jones   High Point, NC
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    2 Corinthians 1:3,4 gives us the assurance that "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies" is "the "God of all comfort" and he "comforts us in all our trials". James 5:11; God "is very tender in affection (very compassionate) and merciful". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7) jw.org
    ~ Rachel Morton
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018
    Your mother prayed to God to leave Because she could not believe The way you as her family treated her in her last days The ones she raised and praised God forbid I pray that God will forgive you for all the ungodly things you did To your mom That caused her harm Health-vs-Death Today I also pray for God to have mercy on your soul because He has the final say and He is still in control I find peace when remembering a few of the final words YOUR MOTHER said to me, "we all must reap what we've sown especially after we've grown and been taught to know better." Words of wisdom so eloquently spoken From a true woman of God I will always Remember and Never Forget Mrs. Dorthy McKinnon-Sawyer My Mother In Christ
    ~ X XXXXXXX   NC
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    My Dear Sweet Auntie.I will truly miss you. Our latenite talks. All the prayers & words of encouragement. (priceless).Always encouraging me & giving me affirmation. I know you're watching over me and cheering me on to finish my race. I LOVE YOU AUNT DOT 2Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
    ~ Sonya Roper   High point, NC
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018
    Your mother prayed to God to leave Because she could not believe The way you as her family treated her in her last days The ones she raised and praised God forbid I pray that God will forgive you for all the ungodly things you did To your mom That caused her harm Health-vs-Death Today I also pray for God to have mercy on your soul because He has the final say and He is still in control I find peace when remembering a few of the final words YOUR MOTHER said to me, "we all must reap what we've sown especially after we've grown and been taught to know better." Words of wisdom so eloquently spoken From a true woman of God I will always Remember and Never Forget Mrs. Dorthy McKinnon-Sawyer My Mother In Christ
    ~ X XXXXXXX   NC