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Dorothy Ellen “Dottie” Eakin, 79, of Beaufort, passed away on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, after a long illness.

Dottie was born in Abbeville, SC in 1942 to the late Ollie Nickles Eakin and Ellen Ferguson Eakin. After graduating from Beaufort High School in 1960, she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Erskine College.

She retired from John C. Calhoun Elementary in Calhoun Falls after a long career teaching primarily 5th grade at several schools, including elementary schools in Beaufort. Her love of children was always abundant, and she proudly watched many of them grow into lifelong learners.

Moving back to Beaufort in 2011, Dottie spent her final years in the devoted companionship of Emmitt Bufkin. Together they enjoyed creating recipe books and traveling.

Predeceased by her parents, one brother, Ollie Nickles Eakin, Jr., and one sister, Sue Ann Eakin Priester, she is survived by her niece, Leigh Copeland (Ryan) of Beaufort, her nephew, David Priester of Savannah, two grandnephews, Lukas and Reames Copeland, and one grandniece, Payton Priester.

Services will be graveside at 2 p.m. at Bells United Methodist Church in Abbeville on Monday, December 6.

Memorials may be sent to Friends of Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th St, Port Royal, SC 29935.

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  1. Pat and Larry Stewart says:

    We are so terribly sorry for your loss. We enjoyed meeting and becoming good friends with Dottie and Buf. We will remember her with fond memories of her sweetness and loving nature. Our condolences to all.

  2. Lance Boles says:

    So sorry to hear about Ms Dottie. I had often wondered about her after she moved to Beaufort. I was her pharmacist at Iva Drug Store for many years before she left the upstate. She was a super nice lady who always was so pleasant and nice to our staff. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Norma and Jack Duncan says:

    Do very sorry to learn of Dottie’s passing
    She was very fortunate to have the love of Big..she will be missed by their many friends including us.

  4. Barbara Richardson says:

    So sorry to heart this. Dottie and I visited at the TWB many times. She was such a sweet person. She will be missed. She and Emmitt were a lovely couple.

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