Dorothy Marie Carlile, age 90, of Buckeye, AZ (formerly of Thompsonville, IL) died Sunday, August 12, 2018, at home. Dorothy was born December 12, 1927, in Franklin County, IL to Byron and Ethel (Todd) Sweet. She was a 1945 graduate of Benton Community High School. In December 1944 she married Avil E. Lampley, and they had a daughter, Debra. She later married John Bailey Carlile on May 10, 1955. She lived in Franklin County, IL for 80 years. She was known by everyone as Granny, a name that she dearly loved. She frequently welcomed friends and family into her home to partake of her hospitality. To Dorothy, there was no better way to show her love for you than through food. If a visitor was expected, the pie would be cut and the coffee poured almost before they even walked out their own door! Her chicken and dumplings, and pie, particularly coconut cream and chocolate pie, were legendary. One bite would evoke fond memories of home and requests for recipes would soon follow. In 2008, Dorothy packed up and moved to Arizona to be near her family. Though far from home and dear friends, her welcoming ways soon garnered her another wealth of friends from all across the country and Canada.
Dorothy was never far from her phone. She would make nightly rounds, checking with friends to see how they were doing and learning how she could help them. She always spoke in person, believing that, “if you don’t answer your phone, what’s the use in having it?” If you were one of Dorothy’s phone buddies, you knew you had a special place in her heart.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Debra Lampley Wilkerson-Sachs and her husband, Jeff of Goodyear, AZ; two grandchildren, Lee Kahl and wife Jeanne of Belmond, IA, and Steven Wilkerson and wife Martha of Surprise, AZ; two beloved great-grandchildren, Andrea and Andrew. While sister Andrea was in school, Andrew was always taking such good care of his Granny! She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Dot. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bailey Carlile; parents, Byron and Ethel Sweet, siblings Elmer (Bertha) Sweet; Ruth Hutchcraft Windle; Betty (Trandall) McKay and Kenny (Erma) Sweet; son-in-law, Andy B. Wilkerson; two nephews, Richard and Darrell Sweet; and one niece, Shelva Hutchcraft Lampley.
Funeral Services will be held on August 25th at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Thompsonville, IL with interment in the family plot at the Church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-11 am, with the funeral at 11 am. Illinois Funeral Services handled by Sloan Funeral Home, Galatia, IL. A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.