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PRINCETON Russell Dotson, 91, of Bratton Avenue, Princeton formerly of Iaeger, died peacefully Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at his home with his loving family at his side.
Born December 23, 1925 at Guesses Fork, VA, he was the son of the late ?Thomas Dotson & Adeline Justus Dotson.
Mr. Dotson was a former coal operator and owner of R & L Coal Company in Buchanan County VA. He was a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church on Willowbrook Road near Princeton. While his health permitted, he loved flipping houses, working in his organic garden and was an avid reader of the Bible, having read it more than 14 times.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers: Ralph, Luther, Earl, James, Cecil & Lonnie Dotson, three sisters: Cynthia Chambers, Dora Justus & Eileen Tester.
He will be remembered for being a good husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 71 years, Dicie Lambert Dotson, daughter Tammy Dawn Dotson, three grandsons whom he loved and was so proud of, John Russell Tupper & girlfriend Kala Wiley, Jarod Austin Tupper & girlfriend Brittany Lankford & Lance Corporal Bradley Garrett Tupper; 2 great grandchildren, Houston James Tharp & Caroline Abigail Tupper all of Princeton. One sister, Ruth Bowers of Grundy VA. Nieces and nephews who look at Mr. Dotson as a father figure, Danny, Kenny & Chuck Dotson, Vickie Chaffins, Sherry Butler, Marsha Lockhart & Wanda Hatfield along with a host of other nieces and nephews. A special cousin, Sandy Sizemore.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. Thursday, July 20, 2017 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Thurman Belcher officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of the Wildwood Mausoleum, Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family Thursday from noon until the service hour at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com.
His family will serve as pallbearers.
The Dotson family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on July 18, 2017
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