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Dorothy Agathon

  • "Christine, Carol, John and Rob, My Aunt Dot, your Mom, was..."
    - Dolores Toscano
  • "We Love you Mom!!!!!"
    - John Agathon
  • "Carol I am sorry to hear about your mom I will be praying..."
    - Joyce (miss jay) Taylor
  • "Carol, our thoughts are with you on the passing of Dot. I..."
    - Greg Neal
  • "My condolences to all the Agathon Family. I miss Dot..."
    - Monica DeMoura

Dorothy Lawson Agathon "Dot" CHARLOTTE - Dorothy "Dot" Lawson Agathon, 87, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully January 26th, 2014, in her home at the Regency Retirement Village, surrounded by her loving family. Her eyes were closed and her heart was open. Services in celebration of Dorothy's life will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207, with Rev. Lisa Saunders officiating. Family visitation will follow immediately after the services. Dot was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 29, 1926, daughter of the late Harry and Christine Lawson. She grew up in Long Beach, Long Island and graduated from Forest Hills High School. After high school, Dot worked as an executive secretary in New York City. Growing up next to West Side Tennis Club, she was close to four of her greatest passions: roller skating, the beach, tennis and John Agathon, her future husband. Dot met John in the early 1940's at Queens Roller Rink in Elmhurst, Long Island. Dot was a decorated dance roller skater, along with John and her sister, Lorraine Walker. On November 8th 1953, Dot married the greatest love of her life, John Charles Agathon, Sr. Their years were spent living in N.J., Md., N.C., Texas and Calif., retiring to Charlotte in 1989. Her favorite passions, talents and trademarks were party dancing, square dancing, tennis at Raintree Country Club, bowling at Park Road Lanes, yoga at the Harris YMCA, playing any kind of games (especially cards). She was a dedicated swim mom - cheering at every one of her children's swim meets ("you could even hear her underwater"). Dot could write a jingle for any event and was the self-appointed family poet laureate. Dot enjoyed crafts of all kinds, bedazzling everything and everyone she touched in her life. We will all remember her never ending smile, eyes that lit up and glowed, and a spirit that soared with God's best angels! Her welcoming open arms touched our hearts and bonded our souls, and taught us how to love life even without speaking a word in her last six years. Her smile and joy for life were infectious. Dorothy is survived by her four children, Christine Donofrio of Sea Bright N.J., Carol Lyon of Charlotte, John C. Agathon, Jr. of Tomball, Texas, and Robert C. Agathon of Lewisville Texas; and five grandchildren, John C. Agathon III, Samantha F. Lyon, Walker N. Agathon, Emily C. Lyon and Alex B. Agathon. The family wishes to thank all of the care givers and staff at Regency Retirement Village, Colleen Monday, Christ Episcopal Church Ministries, friends at Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville, and Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte. Dot was blessed by a loving extended family and many friends who provided their love, support, strength and encouragement. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28204. Arrangements for the Agathon family are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. Online condolences may be left at

Published in Charlotte Observer from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2014