ERNEST C. WITHERS FAMILY BUSINESS
While Ernest Withers and his Seven Sons did Most of the Physical Work, Withers's Wife Dorothy Mae Withers Was the Boss Behind Ernest C. Withers Photographers and the reason the Business is so Successful. Meet His Wife and His Seven Sons.
Dorothy Mae Curry Withers (1923-2008)
Dorothy Mae Curry Withers was the inspiration behind the Women of Stamina Awards, an honor for women over 80 who've survived hardships in life. Part of her work included helping her famous husband, Ernest C. Withers, in his photography studio on Beale Street in Memphis. They were married 65 years and had seven sons and a daughter. She was survived by sons, Andrew Jerome Withers of Memphis, Joshua Billy Withers of California and Perry Withers of Memphis, and daughter, Rosalind Withers of Florida. She was preceeded by four sons, Dedrick "Teddy" Withers, Wendall Withers, Ernest Withers Jr. and Dyral Withers.
DOROTHY CURRY WITHERS, age 84, of Memphis, TN, died Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Methodist South Hospital. R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home, 374 Vance Ave., Memphis, is in charge of arrangements where the family will receive friends on Friday, September 5, 3-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be at Gospel Temple Baptist Church at 12 noon Saturday, September 6. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis. Mrs. Curry was the daughter of the late Clarence Curry and the late Mary (Wilkes) Curry. She is survived by one daughter, Ms. Rosalind Withers of West Palm Beach, FL; three sons, Mr. Perry O'Neal Withers of Memphis, TN; Mr. Joshua "Billy" Withers of Memphis, TN; Mr. Andrew Jerome Withers (Cheri) of Memphis, TN; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. R. S. Lewis & Son Funeral Home (Published in The Commercial Appeal 8/31/2008)
2007- WDIA'S LEGENDARY BRO FORD NELSON INTERVIEWING DOROTHY MAE WITHERS AT THE WITHERS FAMILY HOME
The Boss of Photographer Ernest C. Withers ~ Dorothy Mae Withers Paperback – This photographic book shares never before seen photos and how a father instills in his son, his chosen career...Ernest C. Withers known to many as the Civil Rights photographer of the 1960's placed a camera in the hands on his young son Andrew "Rome" Withers who has now extended this pictorial booklet that makes known that mother --whom he refers to as Madear was the Boss of the Photographer Ernest C. Withers. Welcome to the wonderful life of Dorothy Mae Withers----The Boss
All Seven Sons of Ernest and Dorothy Withers worked as photographers at "Ernest C. Withers Photographers". Ernest, Jr., Perry O., Clarence (Joshua) E., Wendell J., Dedrick (Teddy) J., Dyral L., and Andrew (Rome)
Jr. 1ST LT US ARMY, VIETNAM
Ernest C. Withers Jr. lived in the heart of political activity in Washington for 30 years, rising to be the assistant to Democratic National Committee director and serving on the transition team to President Jimmy Carter. After his health started to fail, Mr. Withers, 53, of 480 Brooks, returned to his hometown of Memphis in 1992. Recently, he taught political science and social studies at Shelby State Community College. He was the son of noted Memphis photographer Ernest C. Withers. He died Sunday of heart disease at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Anytime conversations turned to his brother's two loves, politics and pan-African history, his brother, Perry Withers , said, "It's like you tapped an unending vein. He ate, slept, breathed and smoked Africa and black Americana." In the late 1960s he was among those featured in the book Manassas School: Portrait of a Ghetto School by author Addie Jones. The book reflected on the accomplishments of inner-city school students. He was a communicant of St. Augustine Catholic Church. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at his family's church, Gospel Temple Baptist Church. R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his parents, Ernest C. and Dorothy Withers, both of Memphis; a sister, Rosalind Sawyer of Miami, and four other brothers, Dyral Withers and Andrew Jerome Withers, both of Memphis, Clarence Earl Withers of Los Angeles and Dedrick 'Teddy' Withers of Pembrooke Pines, Fla.
Perry O'Neal Withers
Perry O'Neal Withers, October 28, 1944, recently died of a heart attack in his home. Owner of the Business Economic Management Corporation, Inc., specializing in securing loans for multiple types of businesses, he was an accomplished economist, investment specialist, proposal writer and published photographer, having taking some of the key photos of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A former college/university educator, he received the Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University in 1966. A brilliant thinker, he later received his Master's Degree from the University of Memphis and became the 1st Black president of the Memphis Honor's Society for Economists. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Perry was the 2nd child born to the late Dorothy and Ernest Wither Sr.; he was preceded in death by four brothers, Ernest Jr., Wendell "Winnie", Dedrick "Teddy", and Daryl Withers. A devoted father and family-man, father of one son and one daughter, Arthur Withers and Cameron Kelscy S. Withers, grandfather of two, Jazmin Nicole Withers and Niya Renee Tucker Withers. He was a devout Christian. Known to be an extremely trustworthy man of character and compassion, he leaves to morn his death one sister, Rosalyn Withers-Guzman, two brothers, Joshua "Billy" Withers and Andrew Jerome Withers, one half sister, Frances Williams, friend and former wife, Clenora Hudson-Weems, dear friend, Alberta Wilks, a host of nieces, nephews, and many devoted friends and colleagues. Services will be held on Friday, September 17, at 11 a.m. at Gospel Temple Baptist Church, 1080 Manassas, Memphis, TN 38107. Interment at 2 p.m. will take place at West Tennessee Veteran Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill/Irene Road, Memphis, TN 38125. R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral (Published in The Commercial Appeal on September 16, 2010)
Joshua Billy Withers
Joshua "Billy" Withers, 69, died June 1, 2016. Photographer/Entrepreneur, and graduate of Mitchell High School class of '64. Visitation, Friday, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in our chapel and Saturday 10 a.m. until time of funeral 11 a.m. Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 394 Vance Ave. Interment, New Park Cemetery. Son of the late Ernest and Dorothy Withers; Father of Aisha Withers Mitchell (Darren) and Jamaal Withers; Brother of Rome Withers, Frances Williams, Rosalind Withers, four grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Andrew (Rome) Withers is a photographer, historian, and a film maker. He is a graduate of LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been employed as a teacher, certified financial consultant, and has spent time as a Human Rights Activist.
In 1964 he picked up his first camera and accompanied his father Ernest C. Withers Sr. In 1966, because of his father, Andrew had the opportunity to walk and march with the late Dr. Martin L. King "March Against Fear" march. In 1968, the "I Am A Man" march was the last march of Dr. King.
Andrew Rome Withers is the Deputy Chief of the Okanashoba Chickasha (Chickasaw) clan. His indigenous name is Tchulaokatatuklo meaning two fox.
He attended the United Nations in 2015 with the NAAIP, Pokanoket. Narragansett, and other delegations representing his cilture heritage. Andrew is now the President of the ECWHPF and has established the Withers home as a historical landmark (Ernest C. Withers Historical Home).