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Mrs. Dorothy Headen Lutz, 86, of Southern Pines entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 12, 2024, at TerraBella Southern Pines in Southern Pines.
Dorothy Mae (Headen) Lutz, born to the late Victor T. Headen and Myrtis P. Crisco on February 2, 1937, peacefully departed on Friday, January 12, 2024, at Terra Bella Retirement Home in Southern Pines, North Carolina. She graced the world with her presence, leaving an indelible mark on the lives she touched through her resilience, passion, and unwavering commitment.
Dorothy began her educational journey at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School and graduated from West Southern Pines High School in 1955. While at West Southern Pines High, she was an active member of the high school basketball team, showcasing her athletic skills. Dorothy furthered her education at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and minored in French. Dorothy was a proud alumnus and a dedicated supporter of numerous Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
In December 1957, Dorothy became a member of the distinguished sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Gamma Chapter at Johnson C. Smith University. This significant milestone marked the commencement of her unwavering dedication to sisterhood and service, which she would uphold throughout her life. In 1985, her profound commitment to the sorority’s mission was further strengthened when she, along with 14 other members known as the Sandhills Sisters, joyously became charter members of the Omicron Omega Omega chapter in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Beyond her sorority involvement, Dorothy had a profound impact on the field of education. She devoted over four decades to shaping young minds, teaching at institutions such as Leake Street High School, West Southern Pines High, Southern Pines Elementary, Crofton Kentucky Elementary School, Vineland Elementary, and Vass-Lakeview Elementary.
Dorothy profoundly loved various activities that brought her joy and fulfillment. She enjoyed traveling, and her adventurous spirit led her to explore different parts of the country, creating cherished memories that will resonate eternally. Dorothy also found delight in playing bingo, participating in football games, and attending various social events. Whether cheering at a football game or mingling with others at social gatherings, Dorothy enthusiastically embraced every moment. Her vibrant presence and zest for life left a lasting impact on all who enjoyed sharing these experiences with her.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Sgt. Donald Thomas Lutz Sr., son, Donald Thomas Lutz Jr., and her siblings, Charles Clinton Headen (twin), Doris Elizabeth (Headen) Watson, and Victor Headen Jr.
She is fondly remembered and survived by her two daughters, Donna Maria (Lutz) Hewlin (Eddie Gregory) of Durham, NC, and Benita Ann Lutz of Southern Pines, NC. In addition, she leaves behind six grandchildren - Katrina Lutz (Kendell) of Clayton, NC; Sascha Lutz of Friedberg, Germany; Victoria (Lutz) Grose (William) of Friedberg, Germany; Donald T. Lutz III of Brisbane, Australia; Leroy Jones (Ashley) of Hiram, GA, and Vernon Jones of Southern Pines, NC. Her legacy extends to four great-grandchildren: Jayla Miles, Tailor Miles, Mackenzie Miles, Liam Grose, and TylerJones. Furthermore, she is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her faithful friend, Jesse Fuller.
Dorothy’s legacy is one of service, determination, and community involvement. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.
Please keep the family and friends of Mrs. Dorothy Headen Lutz in your thoughts and prayers.
Arrangements are entrusted to McLeod Funeral Home of Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Please visit https://www.facebook.com/dccreativeconcepts for livestreaming of Mrs. Dorothy Headen Lutz, services on Saturday, February 3rd. Viewing 12:00 PM-1:00 PM and Funeral Service at 1:00 PM.
VIEWING: Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 1:00 PM
Both will be held at West Southern Pines Cultural Arts Center, 1250 W New York Ave, Southern Pines, NC 28387