3472. Mary Emma Miller
was born on 9 Sep 1881 in West Virginia. She died on 13 Jun 1955 in West
Virginia. As a member of Mt William Church, her baptism is shown as being by
Rev E. L. Springston.
Obituary "The Parkersburg Sentinel" Tuesday June 14, 1955:
Mrs. Mary E. Dotson. Mrs. Mary Emma Miller Dotson, 73, of Spencer, Rt 4 died
Monday afternoon at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital following;;a a brief illness.
Mrs. Dotson was born in Wirt County, September 9, 1881, the daughter of H.H.
and Elvira Miller and had been living with her daughter, Mrs. Glenn DeQuaisie
of 4409 Emerson Ave. She was a member of the Mt. William Baptist church of Reedy.
Surviving are her husband, Rev. W. D. Dotson; eight sons, W.A. of Nitro, H.T.
of Piedmont, CA, D.V. of Mason, WV, Omer C of Parkersburg, O. Clyde of Lancaster,
OH, C. H. of Ravenswood and F. Q of Park Forrest, IL; two daughters, Mrs. Glenn
DeQuaisie at whose home she lived and Mrs. J. S. Newlon of Reedy; 24 grandchildren,
Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Sadie Perry of Clarksburg, OH, Mrs. S.
H. Griffin of Rushville, OH and Mrs. E. L Anderson of Parkersburg; one brother
D. S. Miller of Alma MI.
The body is at the Leavitt Funeral Home.
She was married to William Dountain
Dotson on 10 Jun 1902 in West Virginia. William Dountain
Dotson was born on 15 Jun 1883 in Shirtzville, Wirt Co, WV. He died on 12
Jan 1969 in Roane County, WV. William Dountain Dotson was born at Shirtzville,
Wirt County, WV which is located on Spring Creek about 2 miles from its mouth.
The village had a post office and was named for Myron H Shirtz who came to
Elizabeth after the Civil War. Shirtz owned a department store in Burning Springs
and later operated a large lumber mill at Shirtzville.
On July 26, 1896 a plot of ground was deeded to church trustees to build McCutcheon
Chapel (Methodist Episcopal) on Sanoma Road 1/2 mile from SR 14. Trustees at
the time were: James McCutcheon, EC McCutcheon, W A McCutcheon, Jacob Conrad
and Amos A Dotson (W.D.'s father).
At the dedication ceremony of the new church, May 23, 1897, were Mr. and Mrs.
Amos Dotson and children. One of the young men, who was a member, who went forth
to serve the Lord, was William D Dotson, who became a Baptist minister. One of
the early ministers of the church was Floyd Dunbar who performed the marriage
of W.D. Dotson and (Mary) Emma Miller.
Records of Mt William Church, where W.D. Dotson later served as pastor, show
many baptisms of members by W.D. Dotson and also records his baptism as December
1911 by Rev Cochran. On June 23, 1935 MT William Baptist Church elected Rev W.
D. Dotson as pastor for one year at same salary as previous year.
Obituary Jan 13, 1969 The Parkersburg Sentinel: "Rites Thursday for Rev
W. D. Dodson"
Funeral services for the Rev. William D. Dotson, 85, of Spencer, Rt 4, who died
Monday in the St. Joseph's Hospital will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at
the Gilboa Baptist Church near Reedy.
The Rev. Paul Morrison and the Rev Leon Strickland will officiate with burial
to be in the Hodam Cemetery near Reedy.
Born in Wirt county, he was a son of the late Amos and Eveline Peck Dotson.
The Rev. Mr Dotson had served in the Baptist ministry in Wirt, Calhoun and Roane
Counties for over 50 years. Also a retired farmer, he was a member of the Mt.
William Baptist Church near Reedy.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Nora Criner Dotson, eight sons, William A Dotson
of Mason, Harry T Dotson of Walnut Grove, CA, Delbert V Dotson of Parkersburg,
Omer Clair Dotson of Reedsville, OH, Clyde Dotson of St. Petersburg, FL, Charles
H. Dotson of Asheville NC, Quentin Dotson of Decatur, IL and the Rev. Darrell
P Dotson of Portland, OR; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl DeQuaisie of Parkersburg
and Mrs. Evelyn Newlon of Reedy; three step sons, Orland R Criner of Reedy, Harold
S. Criner of Miami, FL and Robert L Criner of Bellefontaine, OH; two stepdaughters,
Mrs. June Channels of Barberton, OH and Mrs. Carrie Williams of Reedy; three
sisters, Mrs. Nettie Corbitt of Massillon, OH, Mrs. Dorothy Thornberry of Oakland,
CA and Mrs. Orma Paul of Marysville, CA; 28 grandchildren;; 22 great-grandchildren,
seven step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mrs. Mary Emma Miller Dotson, who
died in 1955.
Friends may call at the Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Mary Emma Miller and
William Dountain Dotson had the following children:
William Amos Dotson.
Harry Thorne Dotson.
Delbert Victor Dotson.
Olmer Claire Dotson.
Orville Clyde Dotson.
Charles Henry Dotson.
Roberta Pearle Dotson.
Ferrell Quentin Dotson.
Darrell Paul Dotson.
Sarah Evelyn Dotson.