Dorothy “Nell” Pickens-Willis was born on May 25, 1956 in Dallas, Texas to parents, Dorothy M. Dickey and Raymond Pickens. Dorothy accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of Pastor Hampton at Johnson Memorial. She later served under the leadership of Elder Leroy Johnson. Dorothy married her husband, Larry D. Willis, April 12, 1998 and she loved him dearly. They raised six beautiful children together.