Dorothy H. Torres
Dorothy “Dot” Hedrick Torres, 87, of Hendersonville, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 25, at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. The Rev. Wally Shamburger will officiate.
She was born July 26, 1925, in Hickory, to the late Elsie Mahaffey Hedrick and Coy Hedrick.
Dot Torres came to Hendersonville as an 8-year-old child. She graduated from Hendersonville High School, attended Belk’s Merchandising School, then began a remarkable involvement in community organizations and activities. For 15 years Dot participated in all school activities. Along the way she was president of the PTA and of Band Parents. She was a Girl Scout leader, the historian for Girl Scouts of America, and a member of the board of directors of the Girl Scouts.
She served on the board of the Henderson County Heart Association, the Henderson County Cancer Association, the March of Dimes Association, and the Western Carolina Easter Seals Society. She also served on Mayor A.O. Edward’s planning board and worked on fundraising for the new YMCA.
Dot was a member of the First Baptist Church. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary for 25 years, where she served as its local and district president and held three state offices. In 1965 she was honored by the V.F.W. as Henderson County Woman of the Year.
In addition, for 35 years Dot was a volunteer worker at Margaret R. Pardee Hospital. She had worked with the elderly for the past 15 years, but her longest volunteer involvement was been with the Red Cross Bloodmobile for 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Torres; and her brother Kenneth Hedrick. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Torres, of Asheville, and Lolita Torres Parker and husband, Nelson Parker, of Seven Lakes West; a grandson, Shane Parker and his wife, Jessica Parker; a great-grandson, Gavin Parker; sisters-in-law, Rosa Torres Beane and Mary Torres; cousin, Louise Dowling; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.thos
Thos. Shepherd and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.