Doris M. Hernandez transitioned from earth to reward on June 3, 2021. She was born on July 19, 1928, in Lakeland, FL to the late Ethel Matthews and the late Elmo Lloyd.

During her childhood, Doris attended Washington Park Elementary School, Jr. High, and High School. Doris was an honor student throughout her formative years. After graduating from High School in 1946, she matriculated to Bethune-Cookman College, earning an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. Upon returning to Lakeland, she worked for Atlanta Life Insurance, Montgomery Ward, becoming the first African American to work for the company, and retired from the Social Security Administration after 25 years.

Doris accepted Christ in her life at an early age. She and her family were faithful members at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Alberta M. Kendly, Ruth M. Bird, and a brother, Rev. Rudolph G. Matthews; Daughter, Katrina Amerigo; grandsons, Hugh Vincent Simpson, III.; and Andre Simpson. Her death is mourned by her devoted sons; Andre Amerigo (Largo); Hugh Vincent Simpson,Jr. ( New Port Richie);grand daughters, Ayanna Rowe(Seminole, and Katrina Barton, (St. Petersburg); (Jasmine Simpson, (Atlanta); Santana Daniels(New Port Ritchie), grands sons, Eric Branch-Simpson, (Brandywine, MD), Eddie Williams and Robert Kennedy(New Port Ritchie),Adrian Simpson, (Massillon, Ohio). Great-grand children,( Nia Rowe,(Seminole) Bruce & Avani Barton, (St. Petersburg), a devoted niece: Tanya Matthews-Bell (Tony)(Lakeland) and a host of other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 10, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Oldham Funeral Home (1537 Kettles Avenue Lakeland, FL 33805). There will be a Graveside Service at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 11, at Oak Hill Cemetery (4620 Hwy. 98 South Lakeland, FL 33810). Condolences may be sent to the family at Oldham Funeral Home.

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  1. With Deepest Sympathy!

    TO: Tanya Matthews Bell and Family
    My deepest condolence and prayers for the loss of Aunt Doris. May God strengthen, comfort and give you and your family understanding and guidance. This is very saddening to me…I have been praying for her recovery. All is God’s will…She will be dearly missed.
    Love and prayers❤,
    Dorothy (Boga) and Bill Gree

  2. An Unforgettable Memory Picture Dedicated to Tanya Matthews Bell in memory of her Aunt Doris:
    Tanya, you and your Aunt Doris have memories longer than the un-ending road that stretches out ahead…FOREVER.
    REMEMBER: When someone you love dearly becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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