Emma Doris Amos, known to many as Dot, was the second of two children born to James and Elizabeth Lincoln, on September 21, 1938, in Grenada County, MS.
She has one older sister, Vivian Mister whom she spoke with nearly every day.
She attended Grenada High School where she sang in the school choir, and during her first year she received a Musical Scholarship for Voice to attend Campbell College in Jackson,MS. There she received voice training and was taught by Mr. Vincent White. Campbell College, named for Bishop J.P. Campbell, was founded by the Mississippi and North Mississippi conferences of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1890. As a church supported school, its sole role was the development of Christian character, Christian citizenship,and patriotism. After two years she returned to Grenada High School where she continued to sing with the school choir and often had the honor of singing live on the town’s local radio station. She also played basketball her senior year. She graduated in 1956 with honors as a Salutatorian. After graduating she attended Jackson State College.
She was married to Ralph L. Nichols Sr. from 1956 until 1959 when she had her first son, From this union, Ralph L. Nichols, Jr.was born. She later married Booker T. (Earl) Amos in 1962. From this union, four children were Born, Erroll T. Amos, Rhonda E. Bruton, Erland T. Amos, and Ronald L. Amos.
Lockport, under the leadership of Rev. W.L. Wright where soften being requested to sing her signature song, Precious Lord. She also under the leadership of Rev. Edward Martin, Jr.
She was employed as a Bus Driver for 25 years at the Crawford Bus Company that was located in Lockport, IL. She was later employed as a Kitchen Staff member with the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet, IL, where she later retired after four years of service at age 62.
In her spare time, she loved flowers and was a seasoned gardener. She would spend hours cultivating her ‘babies’. Her flowers live on in the gardens of her children and grandchildren now. She loved reading and listening to all types of music. She also collected all types of a variety of dolls and ceramic figurines. She really loved sports, all sports, and knew more about the teams than most of the commentators.
She loved Family. Her house, though small in size was large in heart and served as a revolving door for nieces, nephews, and extended family who called it home whenever needed. She and her sister Vivian helped raise each other’s children always being there for one another. Her grandson, D’Ante Amos also lived with her during his teenage years and was thought of as her youngest child.
In her later years, her health issues surfaced more and more. She had battled chronic high blood pressure since she was a young woman often sending her to the hospital for treatment. She eventually was unable to maintain her home on her own so she made the tough decision to sell and move into the Joshua Arms independent retirement village where she lived for years. A fire in the building resulted in her going to live with Erroll and Phyllis where she remained until 2021 because she enjoyed being around them so much.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Lincoln and Elizabeth Brown, husband Booker T. Amos, brother-in-law, Lee Mister, Sr., and nephew, Lee Mister, Jr.
She is survived by her only sister, Vivian Mister of Chicago IL; her children, Ralph L. Nichols Jr. (Leslie) of Grenada MS, Erroll (Phyllis) of Shorewood, IL, Rhonda E (Bill) Bruton of Homer Glen, IL, Erland of Joliet, IL, Ronald (Nichol) of Plainfield, IL, step-daughter, Shannon (Wesley) of Grand Prairie, TX, nieces and nephews, Dannette (Ollie) Walker of Grenada MS, Reginald Mister and Joyce Mister of Chicago IL; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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