We celebrate the life and memory of Mrs. Dorothy Estelle Valcourt-Jackson whose death occurred Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her residence under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice .
Dorothy Estelle Stokes was born in Ludowici, GA, January 30, 1924 to Rev. George Henry Stokes and Mrs. Hester Rebecca Walcott Stokes, the second of five daughters and two brothers. The family moved to Savannah in her teenage years as her father pursued his pastoral career.
She was a graduate of Beach High School in Savannah and Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Ga where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. It was in college she would meet and later marry Lindsey F. Poteat. The two married in New York and from that union, two children were born; her son Lindsey “Rusty” Poteat Jr. (who predeceased her) and her daughter, Renee. Many years after their union, the two parted ways.
Her lasting love was Dr. Arthur Valcourt, affectionately known as “Papi” whom she met while in New York working for the city as a social worker. Their marriage lasted for three decades in which he became a member of the World Health Organization (WHO). They engaged in an adventurous and fulfilling life in Africa helping to reorganize the country after the revolution of the Congolese against the Belgians.
After two decades, they returned to Haiti, Dr. Valcourt’s home, to help with medical support and educate Haitians in basic skills such as reading and writing. After Haiti, they moved back to Dorothy’s hometown of Savannah, GA to help support the family after his retirement. While in Savannah, Dorothy stayed busy and actively involved in her community.
Dorothy began working at Savannah Technical College in the late 70’s as a professor in Business Administration. Throughout her career, Dorothy and Dr. Valcourt continued to travel extensively to medically treat children in Haiti and all across the world. Dorothy retired from the Savannah educational school system in 2005.
After the passing of Dr. Valcourt, she began a new phase of her life in which she met and married Bryant Jackson (BJ). Their union lasted several years until his untimely death.
Dorothy had an outgoing personality and compassionate spirit that could be felt by everyone that was blessed to be in her presence.
The memory of Dorothy Valcourt will live on through her children, Renee Brown, Rev. Theodore Valcourt and Arthur Valcourt (deceased); beloved grandchildren; Wendell Brown (Nathaly), Kiesha Brown (Dawn), Dexter Brown (Shalon), Jahbreia Valcourt, Theodore Valcourt Jr. and Tyequan Valcourt; great–grandchild, Wendell Brown, III and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at Campbell & Sons Funeral Home (124 W. Park Ave. Savannah, GA)
Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Laurel Grove South Cemetery (Off Ogeechee Rd. Savannah, GA)
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dorothy Valcourt-Jackson to Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church or Jerusalem AME Church in Brooklet, GA
The service will be livestreamed from our Facebook page (Campbell and Sons Funeral Home)
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