Dorlas Calleen Witham β€’ May 30, 2021

Dorlas Calleen Palmer Witham went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at the age of 93.
Visitation will be at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for family members and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the public. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Ted Traylor and Dr. Jerry Passmore officiating.

Calleen was born on August 10, 1927, in Winston County, Mississippi, to Gilbert and Pearl Goodin Palmer. She grew up on a farm with her four sisters and brother. Prior to marrying Benjamin Forest Witham, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Fair Company in Louisville, Mississippi. Calleen and Ben married in Louisville on August 13, 1950, and moved to Pensacola, Florida, where Ben served in the United States Air Force. Calleen was a dedicated homemaker and talented seamstress, making most of her daughters’ clothes. She also loved gardening and camping. For many years Calleen taught children in Sunday School and mission groups. Ben and Calleen were faithful members of Olive Baptist Church and were blessed to visit the Holy Land twice with their pastor and friends from church. Calleen loved her family, but most of all she loved Jesus and sharing His love with others.

Calleen is survived by her daughters: Vicki Newell and husband, Peter; and Cindy Dugger and husband, Jim. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Aubrey Corcoran and husband, Bryan; Kevin Dugger; Rachel Webb; Lindsey Jeremiah and husband, Kevin ; and Ryan Dugger; as well as nine great-grandchildren: Daniel Corcoran, Patrick Corcoran, Mary Corcoran, Sarah Corcoran, Emily Corcoran, Annalee Webb, Layla Webb, Loralei Jeremiah, and Ben Jeremiah; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Witham; an infant son; her parents, Gilbert and Pearl Goodin Palmer; four sisters, Roberta Carr, Gladys Stokes, Myrle Stokes, and Margaret Marsicek; and a brother, Rev. Noah Palmer.

Memorials may be made to:
Olive Baptist Church
1836 E. Olive Road
Pensacola, Florida 32514

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  1. Debbie Jeremiah says:

    We send our love and deepest condolences to the family of Calleen Witham .She was a Godly woman, GG and friend and she will be missed beyond words.
    John & Debbie Jeremiah

  2. Jeanne Higgins says:

    Although I never met your mom, Vicki, I can see from her obituary what a devoted wife, mother, and Christ follower she was! I know you will miss her, but look forward to reuniting in heaven. Blessings to you and all the family.

  3. Joyce Witham says:

    Vicki and Cindy, and families, I know this is a very hard time for you but Our Lord will see you through it. My prayers are with. Love to allπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  4. Tony Palmer says:

    All of my Aunts were great, each in their own way. When Aunt Calleen entered a room, it was immediately filled with warmth and love.

    When my father and mother passed away, Aunt Calleen made sure to reach out to my family and I to make sure we were doing well, both through phone calls and cards. She was a beautiful southern belle with charm and grace.

    These words from Proverbs 31 say it better than I ever could:

    “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31: 29-31

    Cindy and Vicki, Know that you and your families are in our prayers and thoughts.

    Love Always,

    Tony, Lori, Kaiya, and Isaiah Palmer

  5. Karen Jensen Lee says:

    I know it’s tough, but so at peace she has met Jesus. Love you, Vicki

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