Wendell Dotson

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Wendell Wilkie Dotson

RANSOM, W.Va. — Wendell Wilkie Dotson, 73, of Ransom, Ky., passed away Fri., July 25, 2014, at South Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Born Oct. 23, 1940, at Ransom, he was a son of Mary "Mag" Hatfield Dotson of Ransom and the late Dennis "Den" Dotson. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles (Martha) Dotson, Eugene (Shirley) Dotson and an infant brother, Larry Gilford Dotson.

Wilkie was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. He was a Deacon and member of the Samaria Primitive Baptist Church. He had a tradition that he loved doing and that was giving $2 bills to new born babies and others. He dearly loved all of his family and friends.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Margaret "Annie" Whitt Dotson; children, Teresa (Michael) New of Ransom, Denise "Bernie" Dotson of Bristol, Tenn., and Duane "Unch" Dotson of Ransom; brothers, Burl (Glenna Mae) Dotson and Dwight (Kelley) Dotson, all of Ransom; sisters, Helen Dotson, Lola McCoy and Gail (Eugene) Gibbs, all of Ransom, and Janet Flo (Larry) Scott of Whitesburg, Ky.; grandchildren, John (Michelle) Dotson of Bluff City, Tenn., and Kendra "Baby Durl" Dotson of Bristol, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., July 30, at Samaria Primitive Baptist Church with J.C. Hager, Shawn and Jeff Dotson officiating. Burial will follow in Willie Jake Hager Cemetery at Ransom with Mitchell Scott, Joey Dotson, Van Gibbs, Dennis "Whitey" Gibbs, Chad Dotson, Jerry Dotson, D.G. McCoy and Billy Yates serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will begin after 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at church. Special services will be held both nights at 7 p.m. with James Ball, J. C. Hager, Jeff Dotson, Shawn Dotson and Paul Varney conducting services Monday night and Larry Slone, Jeff Dotson and Shawn Dotson conducting services Tuesday night.

Online condolences at

R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Williamson Daily News from July 28 to July 29, 2014