Dororthy Hecklinger

Born on January 22, 1940

Departed on September 23, 2007 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Dorothy Jean McGinnis was born on January 22 1940 in Marlinton West Virginia to Ruth Burgess and George McGinnis. She was the second oldest of six brothers and sisters, Loy Burgess, Donna McGinnis, Bonnie Lemon, Oca Gay Wilfong, Omar Young, Oliver Young (deceased June of 2006), and Cindy Beverage.

She married Harold Hecklinger on April 7 1960. Being a naval wife, she resided in Virginia and Connecticut to begin a family. She raised her family in Toledo, Ohio only to move to Hopkinsville, Kentucky where her sons graduate form High School and College. Her life took her to Louisville, Mississippi where she was President of the Garden Club for many years. She was honored for her efforts for the many improvements she contributed to the community. Also, she was instrumental as President of the Republican Women of Winston County. Eventually she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to be closer to her children. Her life in Goodlettsville, Tennessee gave her grandchildren the opportunity to love her and admire her wisdom and values.

She was persistent on passing along her high morals and values to her children. However, it was her intelligence, generous heart, patience, understanding, compassion and courage she will always be remembered for.

She will be missed by Harold Hecklinger : Husband, Teresa DiPietro : First Daughter, Donald DiPietro - Grandson, Robert DiPietro : Grandson, Gail Musser Massey, - Second Daughter, Jason Musser : Grandson, Selva Caldron Musser : Daughter in Law, Jessica Musser - Granddaughter, Jonathon Musser - Grandson, Scott Hecklinger First Son, Rochelle Hecklinger Daughter in Law, Megan Hecklinger : Granddaughter, Stephen Hecklinger : Second Son, Laura Hecklinger : Daughter in Law, Dale Pryor : Step Grandson, Bret Hecklinger : Grandson, Ashley Hecklinger : Granddaughter.

Dorothy Hecklinger put her family first above herself and took pride in the achievements of her children. She was a woman of class and dignity which was noticed in her home and family. She believed in helping others, forgiving others and not passing judgment on others.

As a child, young girl, teenager, young women, sister, daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Dorothy Hecklinger was a women of presence and beauty. All of her teachings, All of her love, All of her influence, All of her will remain within all of us!

What would the world have been like without Dorothy Jean McGinnis Hecklinger in it? She Made a Difference!

You will always be with us! We will miss you and always LOVE YOU!


12 Comments to Dororthy Hecklinger

  1. Teresa Jean Hecklinger DiPietro
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I like this obituary about my mother but there’s no mention of the fact my mother suffered horribly all her life. I pray my mother’s suffering ended when she went to live with God and that she is able to comfort my 28 year old son Donald John DiPietro, Staff Sergeant, USMC, who went to live with God on March 9, 2013. Give my baby a kiss Mom!

  2. Jessica Musser
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I will always miss and love you, Grandma. I am so happy to have known such a wonderful woman in my life.

  3. Connie Sharp
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    I am Loy’s daughter. I remember and will always treasure the time Dad took us on our first family vacation. We took the long and exciting drive to Toledo Ohio to visit Dorothy and her family. What a wonderful time we all had. Dorothy, Hal, Gail, Steve, and Scott made us feel so welcome and our trip will always be a special memory. Dorothy will be missed. My sincere sympathy is extended to the family. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

  4. Aunt Eleanor McGinnis Janes
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    I am so sorry I didn’t know anything about Dorothy dying until after her funeral. If Gail would call me, I would appreciate it. Eleanor Janes
    Dorothy and I were very close in high school when she was living with Bill and Irene. I have tried to call her in the past few years, but was never able to talk to her. Please give all my condolences, and if Gail or anyone would call, I would appreciate it.

  5. Bonnie F. Lemon
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    As your sister we did not get to see you very much,we will miss you you Bonnie

  6. Bonnie F. Lemon
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    As your sister we did not get to see you very much,we will miss you you Bonnie

  7. Donna McGinnis and Cindy Beverage
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    Our thoughts are with you and we love you.

  8. Evelyn Cross
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    At this difficult time I hope you find peace in God’s promise of eternal life. I’m sorry I can’t be there but your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Jennifer Martin
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    All my love and prayers go out to our family. My fondest memory of Aunt Dortha was when she bought me my first camera and taught me how to use it. Those memories will live in my heart forever. Your loving Neice, Jennifer

  10. Debbie Helmic
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    May God be with us in our time of grief. My family is lifting you all up in prayer. I am sorry I can’t be with you. Love & Prayers Dortha’s sister.

  11. Mrs. Fred McGinnis
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Johanna

  12. Cole & Garrett Funeral Home
    December 8, 2012 12:00 am

    The staff of Cole & Garrett Funeral Home would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Hecklinger Family.

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