Dorothy Lavone Whitfield

September 30, 1954January 1, 2021

Dorothy LaVone “Vern” Patton Whitfield was born in Center, Texas, September 30, 1954 and made her transition to Heaven on January 1, 2021.

She was the oldest girl of 11 children born to Farris and Dorothy Lee Patton.

Dorothy attended Morton High School, and later continued her education to receive her high school diploma in 2013. She became a Licensed Minister in 1992 in Tyler Texas. She attended Southern Bible Institute in 1993 and was ordained as a Pastor in 1995.

As pastor, she continued tirelessly to serve her congregation at the Apostolic Spirit Filled Church until her heavenly transition. Dorothy had a beautiful heart to serve God’s people and she was a prayer warrior.

She enjoyed cooking, sharing new recipes and family time. She leaves to cherish her memories: husband, Ralph Whitfield, her sweetheart of 34 years. Her only child and beloved son, Nathaniel “Nathan” Pritchett.

Five Grandchildren: DeShun, Chastity, Taija, Tania and Tamara.

Three Great-grandchildren: Jayla, Jaslyn and Ammara.

Brothers: Elton Patton (Earnestine) of The Colony, TX, Troy Patton of Dallas TX, Ronny Patton of Garland, TX - Sisters: Edna Holland of Garland TX, Doretha Shelton of Garland, TX, Joy Lynn Patton of Dallas, TX, Vicky Lynn Patton of Mesquite, TX

Uncle: Willie Glen Moore (Mattie Ann) of Morton, TX, Aunts: Annie Pearl Weaver of Henderson, TX, Geraldine Watts of Houston, TX and Earlene McDaniel of Center, TX

Along with a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.

She was proceeded in death by parents: Farris and Dorothy Lee Patton; brothers, Bobby Ray Patton, Roy Glen Patton, and sister SheryLnn Lynette Patton.

“Death is not a period that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to more lofty significance. Death is not a blind alley that leads the human race into a state of nothingness, but an open door which leads man into life eternal.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“As I say unto one, I say unto all, watch and pray”. ~Pastor Dorothy Whitfield


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 25, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Dorothy Lavone Whitfield

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Judy Basped

January 24, 2021

Vern, Beloved Friend
Sister in Christ
I will always remember how you carried your Family, friends and the church for Christ. I will miss your phone calls to check on me and the family, give a word of encouragement and share a laugh or two. A bond in Christ is what I will remember the most about our relationship. We often talked about staying on the course for the Lord no matter how hard life could get and not too grow weary in our well doing. You my friend stayed on that course. I will remember your fight for our Lord and Savior.
Rest in Peace,
Judy& Family

Pearly Cotton

January 21, 2021

Vern, I will always love you. (I’m singing this in my Whitney Houston voice, ) You helped change my life. Thank you

Natosha Patton

January 21, 2021

My dear Aunt Vern,

Words can’t express the pain of losing you. Your smile and your spirit lit up any room you walked in. You always checked up on me and the kids and asked how my mom was. About a month prior to your passing, you called to see how Tristan was doing because he had been sick and to tell me you had been constantly praying for him to get better. You and Uncle Ralph even took the time to drive almost an hour to my salon to get your brows done because you said you wanted to look beautiful. You were already beautiful, inside and out! That support from you meant the world and I will be forever grateful. Thank you for sharing your love, your positivity and your strength and courage. I will miss you very much! Until we meet again......

Love your niece,


LiQuita Meriwether

January 21, 2021

Pastor Dorothy Whitfield My Dear SisterFriend oh my God what a Blessing to have known such an Angel. Loving, Kind, Sweet, Friendly, Godly Woman of God. I was Blessed to work Ministry with Pastor Dorothy in Whiteface, Texas and I tell you we would have a Holy Ghost good time at Church. We stayed in touch even when she moved to Dallas and I moved to Tennessee I’m going to miss her. I Love You SisterFriend 😘❤️😇

Alberta Wynne

January 20, 2021

My family met this God woman through the late beloved family member (Missy. Janis Whitfield).
While traveling to the Holy Convocations in Memphis then St. Louis. We always stayed the night at Barbara’s and Pastor Dorothy would come over and inspire and encourage us in the Word of God during our visits. She always had something to share during our stay; clothes, food, humor and love for family and friends.
Her words of comfort and peace shall forever
be etched in our hearts.

Alberta Wynne

Pastor Joe & 1st Lady Mary Mosley

January 20, 2021

Pastor Whitfield, (Dorothy) my very good friend whom I could always count on for a word of wisdom, prayer, a kind word, or just a time to talk to one another and have a good laugh. She always knew when I needed some encouraging and she would call me.
"I would always let her know I was about to call her. There were times I would beat her calling me. " I thank our heavenly father that we knew each others heart. We will always keep her in our heart. Rest now my sweet sister.
Our prayers and condolences to the family.

Love you forever
Pastor & 1st Lady Mosley