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Dorothy Mae Fussell Baggett

Jesus himself carried Ms. Dorothy Mae Fussell Baggett, 94, to her heavenly home on Feb. 4, 2021, after a brief illness.

Dorothy was born in Evergreen to Gaither Fussell and Carrie Keebler Fussell on May 17, 1926. At the age of 17, she met her lifelong love, Travis Solomon Baggett from Castleberry. He was home from a Navy fire controller service job during World War II and just happened to stop in at the diner where she was waitressing. “I saw him walk in the door, and I wanted to ease over to his table,” she used to laugh and tell her grandchildren. That was the start of a lifetime courtship.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 77 years, Travis Baggett; her son, Steve Baggett of Atmore; and daughter in law, Rita Baggett of Atmore; and deceased siblings, Wink, Earl, Eddie, Johnny, Bobby, Billy, Louise, Katherine, Margaret, Betty and Gail.

She is survived by one sister, Sarah (Lavon) Baggett of Evergreen; her sons, Ronnie (Margaret) Baggett and Donnie Baggett, all of Atmore, and Garry (Vicki) Baggett of Bratt, Fla.; and her grandchildren, Stephen Baggett, Corry Baggett and Melissa Baggett, of Atmore, Krystal (Charles) Weaver of Dothan, Lexxi Baggett of Bratt and Alex (Kaylee) Baggett of Louisiana. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. next Tues., Feb. 9, at Petty Funeral Homes of Atmore, with funeral services following at 10 a.m. The Rev. Tim James of Atmore Apostolic Church is officiating. Burial will follow at Buffington Cemetery in Castleberry.

Active pallbearers are Alex Baggett, Corry Baggett, Hunter Kite, Luke Miller, Zack Miller and Bobby Wooten.

Petty Funeral Homes of Atmore is in charge of all arrangements.