Cary News: Obituaries

Dorothy Lee Heater Bland

Dorothy Lee Heater Bland went to our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, May 8, 2015 at age 90 from Alzheimer’s. Dot was born on Nov. 17, 1924, in Cary, NC, to Russell Oran (R.O.) Heater and Jesse Muriel Conner Heater. She was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband, of 57 years, William A. “Bill” Bland, of Surf City, NC and her oldest son, Robert Russell “Bob” Bland, of Bisbee, AZ. Her sisters, Marjorie Herring and Ann Morgan also predeceased Dot. Her brother, Robert “Bob” Heater, lives in Cary.

Dot is survived by sons: Thomas Henry Bland (wife, Diana), Burke, VA, William Goode “Bill” Bland, Alexandria, VA, and Richard Lee Bland, Richmond, VA. and her grandchildren: Kristina Girten (husband, Chris), Alexandria, VA, Karen Low (husband, William), Waco, TX, and Mari Lynn Foulger (husband, Michael), Brooklyn, NY and their daughter, (Dot’s great-granddaughter) Penny Virginia Foulger. Her granddaughter, Karen, gave birth to Ariana Brooklyn Low, June 1, 2015 in Waco, TX.

Dot graduated from Cary High School, attended Flora MacDonald Preparatory School and received a 2-year degree from Peace College She married her sweetheart, Bill Bland, in August 16, 1942, as he was training as an infantry officer in the US Army. He was assigned to the 36th Infantry Division and sent to the European theater during World World II.

Dot worked at Dorothea Dix Hospital and in the N.C. Prison System, while Bill was overseas. When he returned, they lived in Cary. They had four sons, within four years, Bob (November 1946), twins: Tom & Bill (November 1948), and Richard (August 1950).

Dot’s husband, Bill, began a lifelong career with the NC Department of Forestry, moving to Goldsboro, NC in 1953. Dot became very active in business, politics, civic and church activities in Goldsboro.

Growing up in Cary, she was a member of the Cary United Methodist Church. In Goldsboro, she was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Goldsboro. Her sons gained their lifelong foundation in Jesus Christ through her faith.

A graveside memorial services will be held in Cary, at the Hillcrest Cemetery (Page St) at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2015. A separate service will be held in Topsail Beach, Friday morning.

Donations may be sent to Capital Caring Hospice, 5568 General Washington Drive, Suite A215, Alexandria, VA 22312 or to Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel, Fellowship House Fund, PO Box 3071, Topsail Beach, NC 28445. Family and friends may contact Tom Bland,, to receive updated information.