Dorothy Wiggins Adside
Dorothy Wiggins Adside

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Dorothy Wiggins Adside

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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
St. Stephen AME Church
302 Church Street
Leesburg, FL
1:00 PM
St. Stephen AME Church
302 Church Street
Leesburg, FL


On November 26, 1925, a cold Thanksgiving morning in Quitman, Georgia, Frednell Beatrice and Varnado Wiggins became parents of their only child, Dorothy Claranelle. They soon relocated to Webster, Florida, Varnado’s hometown, and he resumed his job as a long distance truck driver.

Frednell and Dorothy lived in the home of her oldest sister, Lillie B. Williams, and her husband, E. J. Frednell’s search for work ended with permanent employment in Jacksonville. After work, and on weekends she found time to practice her trade as a seamstress. Her sisters, Lillie B. and Ada cared for Dorothy for five years. Then she was taken by her mother to live in Jacksonville.

Dorothy suffered with severe asthma, therefore the schools she attended in winter were determined by climate, proximity to a doctor and the city in which one of her five aunts lived and/or taught. She attended summer school at the Florida A. and M Lab School in Tallahassee and in Webster, a “strawberry season” school. This year-round attendance made up for time lost due to asthma, and she was even able to advance.

At the age of thirteen, Dorothy went to Leesburg to live with her Aunt Vadye Lee and Uncle B. A. Morse, and their daughter, Leenette. She entered Lake County Training School in the tenth grade and graduated in 1942. At age sixteen, Dorothy entered Florida A and M (then) College, majoring in Elementary Education and choosing Mathematics and Psychology as elective courses. A highlight of her senior year was when she ecstatically entered Greekdom as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. After three and one half years at Florida A and M, Dorothy was one of five students to complete requirements for graduation a semester early. She accepted a position teaching Social Studies and Mathematics at Roulhac High School in Chipley for the second semester. She returned to FAMU to march with her class in May 1946.

In August 1946, Dorothy C. Wiggins was assigned to teach at Homestead Elementary School in South Dade County. She was a successful teacher, wife of Claude G. Adside, Sr., mother of Ronald Gerard, and step mother of Claude, Jr. She departed from Homestead Elementary to accept a promotion to Curriculum Assistant at Holmes Elementary in Miami.

Positions held in the Dade County School System:

· Teacher, Homestead Elementary (She met and married her husband Claude G. Adside, Sr.)
· Curriculum Assistant, Holmes Elementary (She provided on-sight instruction strategies to strengthen academic growth and demonstrated techniques to facilitate teaching skills.)
· Assistant Supervisor, Special Reading Services, Dade County Schools (She had district level responsibilities for designing, initiating and supporting strategies to increase reading level, county-wide.)
· Principal, Douglas Elementary (With this assignment, she became the principal of the largest elementary school in the state of Florida with more than 2,000 students.)
· Principal, Blue Lakes Elementary (This assignment was a continuation of the previous school.)
· Area Director for forty-six elementary school in the South Central area (She was the district level first responder to the academic needs of the schools.)
Mrs. Adside retired on June 30, 1989, after forty-three and a half years in education.

Post Graduate Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois – M. A. Degree (Supervision, Administration and Reading).

Further Studies: University of Miami, University of Florida, University of Georgia at Athens, and Bank Street College (New York City School System).

Voluntary and Church Activities:

· Former Member – Board of Directors, Sunrise Community, Inc.
· Pink Lady – South Miami Hospital – 1990 to 1994.
· FEFVR – Florida Educational Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation – 1994 to 1997.
· Gubernatorial Appointment by Governor Lawton Chiles.
· St. Stephen A. M. E. Church (Leesburg) - former Steward and Director of Christian Education (2005-2013).
· Founder and Chair (for eleven years) of the St. Stephen Calendar Fundraising Project.
· Steward Emeritus of St. Stephen AMEC.

Former Hobbies: Traveling on land and water, hot air balloon flights and ballroom dancing.

Awards: Among the many awards she has received, we find Who’s Who in American Education (listing); plaque for distinguished service for the Sunrise Community, the President’s Award; Educator of the Year from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, a certificate of Appreciation from the Kendall United Methodist Church, the Sunrisers Founders Award for her dedication to the children and adults of Sunrise Community and the Education of the Year from the Beta Tau Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Miami, Florida.

In her passing, among the many to mourn her departure are: Ronald G. Adside, Son; Claude Adside, Jr., Step-son; Cousin-Sister: Leenette (Horace) Martin; Cousin-Niece and Children – Brigette (Anthony), Washington, Benjamin and Michaele, Somerville; Brittany, Somerville; God-daughter and Children – Jennifer (Eddie) Davis, Eddie Jr., LaTrelle and Lia; God-Daughter and Children – Bernadette (Keith) Merrell, Jasmine and James;

All the Children of her late:
· Uncle Clyde and Katie Mitchell
· Aunt Willie Mae and Jim Everett
· Uncle Rev. Lewis Mitchell
· Aunt Roberta Mitchell Gray and Rev. Gray
· Uncle Rev. I. F. Mitchell, II and Alma
· Uncle Jeremiah Mitchell, Sr. and Deeana and Merita

All the Children of:
· Uncle William Mitchell
· Aunt Matry Law

The Soul Mates: Rev. Juanita Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Mitchell, Mr. Ray Parham, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams and Dr. Paula Young.

Loyal and Dependable Assistant: Mr. Nathaniel Mitchell

Visitation will be held on Monday from 10AM until services begin at 1PM, St. Stephen AME Church, 302 Church Street, Leesburg. Interment: S. Sumter Evergreen Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.


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K. Hope
Created On: 02/19/2018 16:34:42

We're deeply saddened to hear about Ms. Dorthy\'s passing. I hope your family receives much support and love during this time. May God grant you strength as you reflect on the future hope he's given us. Revelation 21:3,4. Our thoughts are with your family.

C. Jackson
Created On: 02/06/2018 19:47:10

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Dorothy. God understands the depth of your grief and he assures the provision of his comfort; Psalm 94: 18, 19. As you reflect on the beautiful memories made and precious times spent, may God continue to be with you and provide the strength and comfort needed to endure.

Ernest Lee
Created On: 02/05/2018 15:57:54

To The Family of Mrs. Dorothy Wiggins Adside

Mrs. Adside was an inspiration to me and my siblings and I felt so honored to have been able to visit her in recent years. Her memory lives on.

Ernest Lee and Family
Melbourne, Florida

T. Ponder
Created On: 02/05/2018 08:56:25

Dear Adside Family, I want to express my condolence. Almighty God is aware of the pain we experience when we lose a love one therefore, God provides comfort in the Bible at 2Corinthians 1:3-4. Further, Revelation 21:3-5 states a positive hope for the future on earth. Jehovah God states at Isaiah 55:11; 'So my word that goes out of my mouth will be.It will not return to me without results. And it will have sure success in what I send it to do. May these scriptures comfort your family and friends.'