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Oarn Kye Dorsett

December 28, 1940 ~ April 9, 2021 (age 80)


Mr. Oarn K. Dorsett, age 80 of Queens Village, New York, formerly of Sanford, NC transitioned into eternal rest, Friday, April 9, 2021, at Northshore Franklin Hospital, Valley Stream, New York.

Oarn, affectionately known as Big Dad, Brother, Uncle Brother, and Buck, was born to Aaron Amice and Pauline Lambert Dorsett, December 29, 1940. He left Sanford in his teens and relocated to New York. In 1959, Oarn met and married in the same year, the apple of his eye, beat of his heart, and
love of his life, Hester Wells Dorsett, formerly of Rocky Mount, NC. August 2021, they would have celebrated 62 years of wedded bliss. Oarn worked faithfully and tirelessly as a short-order line cook at Cys Restaurant in New York, NY, for 20 years.

He proudly owned and operated A Service Automotive Repair Shop in Hempstead, New York, where he received high praise from loyal return customers.  His enthusiasm and passion for bowling spanned 30 years where he was a loyal, dedicated member of the Crown Jewels Bowling League.
His strong love for his family compelled his desire to unite and bind the family closer. The urging in his heart pushed him as he founded and organized the Dorsett, Evans, Williams Family Reunion, in which he held the position of President. This July would be 32 years of the Family & Friends Reunion. In all 32 years, the reunion has only missed the 2020 year due to Covid-19.

Oarn’s stately, silent smile brightened up any room with little shine of gold. He had an unquestionable belief in his God, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and would always say “You gotta trust God” and “By the grace of God, I’m here”. He truly believed in the power of prayer and made sure prayer was a part of every family reunion and function. He loved to hear one of his mother’s favorite songs, “Don’t Forget the Family Prayer!”. The President of the Crown Jewels, Ron Prioleau, stated that Oarn would always say, “Without God, I don’t know where I would be. I thank the Man upstairs every day!”

Oarn immensely loved his parents and missed them dearly who predeceased his death as well as his beloved grandson, LaMarc Wells; sister, Barbara Jean Swann; brothers-in-law, Ermond Swann, James Cox, and Johnnie McLean; Niece, Jackie Wyche; and nephew, Aaron Mclean. Oarn leaves to cherish his love and memories, his devoted wife, Hester Wells Dorsett, his son, Milton Wayne Wells (Denise) and daughter, Sacheen Dorsett, all of New York; grandchildren; Marcus Wells of New York, NY, Tara Scott (Jarim)Scott, of Chicago, Illinois, Lenice Smith, and Sherod Harris; eight great grandchildren, sisters, Roenia Cox and Bettie Mclean; brother, William C. Dorsett, all of Sanford and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.


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Funeral Service
April 17, 2021

2:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
719 Wall St.
Sanford, NC 27330

April 17, 2021

Dorsett - McLean Cemetery
S Plank Rd. (Across from New Hope AME Zion Church)
Sanford, NC 27330

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