James “Jay” Wesley Dotson, 89, was born and raised in Piney Flats, Tennessee. After fighting several illnesses he went to be with the Lord and his son. He passed surrounded by family and friends at their home in Gray, Tennessee, on October 19, 2011.
Jay served our country proudly for over 22 years in the Navy. He was a WWII veteran.
He retired from C&T Volkswagen as a mechanic. Also retired from Phil Bachman Honda as a transfer driver.
He was an ordained deacon, minister, member and Sunday School teacher at Boone Trail Baptist Church.
The best husband, father and grandfather. Married for over 64 years to the love of his life.
Preceded in death by his mother, Julia Penix; son, Douglas Dotson; brothers, Albert “Jeep” Dotson and Orville Penix; several brother and sisters-in-law; and Wes Mowdy, his son-in-law.
Survivors include: his wife, Bonnie Howell Dotson, of the home; granddaughter, Tiffany Mowdy Hensley and her husband, Allen, their children, Jacob Painter, Shelby Mowdy, Ellie Greneu and Cheyenne Singleton, Erica Hensley; great great grandchildren, Corry Higgins, Leland Arnette and Raylynne Miller, all of Gray, Mitchell Dotson and wife, Kasey, of California; daughter-in-law, Connie Dotson and children, Doug and Caitlyn Dotson, of Hiltons, Virginia; Michelle Hensley and children, Catherine, David and Abagail Hensley, of Gray; one sister, Mary Lee Hopson and husband, Frank, of Sulphur Springs; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Talley, of Piney Flats, Lily Overbay, of Kingsport; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Howell, of Virginia; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the South Chapel of the Morris-Baker Funeral Home under the direction of Boone Trail Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at seven.
A committal service is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Monte Vista Memorial Park. Military Honors will be provided by the Boone Dam VFW and the Tennessee National Guard.
Online condolences are available at: www.morrisbaker.com.
In charge of arrangements: Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 or (423) 282-1521.