Mr. Robert E. Dorsey Sr.

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Robert E. Dorsey Sr. was born in Huntington, West Virginia 75 years ago to Virginia Lee Forrest and Nesbitt Dorsey. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1965 to 1971 where he was honorably discharged.

Upon entering the work force, he spent most of his career at Columbus City Schools and then continued his career path at The Ohio State University where he retired.
Throughout this time, he also found joy in coaching little league football for various teams. Another one of his favorite pastimes was watching his favorite team – The Pittsburgh Steelers. Go Black and Yellow!!!

Robert was raised as a child of God. He rededicated his life to God when he joined New Birth Christian Ministries (NBCM). He had a love for his church family and was a dedicated member of the Cleaning Ministry.

Robert also LOVED his family. He was always present and supportive for all of the milestones in the family and loved ones. Whether it was a phone call, hug, card or a duet of Happy Birthday, he made his presence felt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Ronald Eugene Dorsey, sisters Dorita Timberlake, Francine Forrest and sister–in-love, Beverly Daniel.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and dedicated wife Barbara Dorsey, brother Allen Forrest, sisters Angelia (Rodney) Dudley, Louise Forrest, Regina (Thomas) Kent-Johnson; children Anjanette Starks, Tina Dorsey, Robert (Frances) Dorsey Jr., Edward Starks, Lisa Dorsey and Bonus daughter Vernice (Richard) Wright. Special Aunts, Gloria Barnes and Jacquelyn Henley. Along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thursday, December 30, 2021 at New Birth Christian Ministries, 3475 Refugee Rd. Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The DORSEY Family, visit


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Condolence Messages

  1. He was my absolute favorite patient!! I will miss him immensely. He was one of the sweetest, most Godly men I have ever met! I will miss saying
    “Good Morning, Marine!” When he came in, and knowing the only proper response is “Great!” When he asked how my day was going!

  2. Robert was a joy to be around and will be missed greatly. My sincere condolences to his family.

  3. Barb, my love, deepest sympathy, and heartfelt prayers are with you as you celebrate the Love, Life, Labor, and now the Legacy of a Servant who loved God, you and his family. Robert always had a smile, and words of encouragement for others, whether you knew of him or not. I will always remember that he was an excellent floor waxer, at The Ohio State University, in the PAES Building. Also, his most uplifting word was “GREAT.” He did not accept, “I’m okay”, especially from a Christian. He will be missed! I know that he is GREAT forever now.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-5: 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4. who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

  4. ADDENDUM: Dollie M. Curry’s Post
    Last but not least, Robert and you are true friends, who blessed my life from the day we became friends, not for a season, but forever. Love you!!!

  5. Jevon and Crystal Sanders

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family! I remember meeting Mr. Dorsey years ago at OSU. It was always a pleasure speaking with him. So pleasant and sweet. Here and there we would speak on the goodness of God. It was even better when we met each other once again at NBCM, and I got to meet his beautiful wife! Thank you all for the love you have shown me and my family throughout the years. May the Comforter grant you all strength, peace, and comfort. Love y’all!!!

  6. To Barbara and Family,
    Oh what a fine man your husband Robert Dorsey was. When I met Barbara and Robert at New Birth I witnessed their service to Christ. They were a team committed to God.
    II Timothy4:7-8 is the Word of God that reflects the life of Robert Dorsey. I wanted to share it with you because we can always find comfort in Gods Word. Praying for you and your family. Love you

  7. My sincere prayers, sympathy, and love. I met Mr. Robert and his beautiful wife at New Birth. He was a true man of Faith. God bless Ms. Barbara and the rest of his family always.❤️

  8. Jeannette and David Gunn

    Deepest sympathy and prayers for your family at this difficult time.

  9. James Andrew Randall III,

    James “Bubbie” Randall & wife Jackie,
    You know , as one of your 1st cousins, we wish we could have been there to render our support for you during this time. You know that we had a special love for you and Robert. He will be missed. You take care of yourself and remember that our prayers are with you. God bless you and the rest of the family.

  10. Coach Dorsey gave me life lessons while coaching me in football. Lifetime memories. I remember a passionate man who wanted to show a young boy how to grow to be a young man. Respect Forever

  11. Lendora Taliver Goodwin

    Barbara, my sincerest condolences to you and the family. Robert was one of my favorite people. One of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. My prayers are with you and your family. He will surely be missed. ❤️❤️

  12. Ruth (Wes) Graves

    Barb..We can not find words to express the sorrow you must be feeling..I too have walked in your shoes and know that only Faith..Love..Family and Friends will help you through..But Only God will give you Peace…I may not be Famiky by Blood..but will Always be Family in Love!!! R.I.P. Robert..Tell Re’..InAMinute!!

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