Gary Don Dotson

03/18/1940 - 07/07/2021


Obituary For Gary Don Dotson

Gary “Don” Dotson, 81 of Asheville passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Flesher Fairview Health Care Center following an extended illness.  A lifelong native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Charles and Annie Wilson Dotson.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Edna Conner Dotson, nine brothers and two sisters.  He was the last remaining sibling from his family for his generation.

Don graduated from Reynolds High School and served in the US Marine Corps.  He was a faithful member of Reynolds Baptist Church and retired from Duke Energy, formerly, CP&L-Progress Energy.

In his spare time, he greatly enjoyed gardening, lawn work, collecting multiple tools and lawn mowers.  Don also appreciated being able to spend time with his church friends and family.

Surviving to cherish his memory is his daughter, Teresa Blackwelder and husband Terry of Rock Hill, SC; one granddaughter, Allison Blackwelder of Charlotte, NC; one grandson, Josh Blackwelder and wife Marissa of Charleston, SC.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Reynolds Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 11am.


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  • Teresa and family,you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Colleen and Dawn Calhoun

  • Goodby our friend We have been on vacation having returned to read your obituary. I am sure there has been shouting in heaven welcoming you home. Thanks for the memories we have of you and Edna. We will see you again

  • To the family of Don Dotson. My sympathy and prayers go out to you in remembrance of a great co-worker, friend and caring person. I will never forget Don.

  • I worked for Don in Black Mtn. I still tell people about the positive influence he had on my life. Don was a good man that made lasting influences on many.

  • I worked for Don and with Don for many years at CP&L. We had many good times and experiences. He was truly a good man with a great heart who loved The Lord. RIP Don .

  • We were so sorry to hear about Don. He always had a hug for my wife, which sometimes helped her through some health issues and always made her feel a bit better. Don and I worked on some projects together when doing chores on Work Day at Reynolds Baptist Church and he would tell me stories when we would eat lunch or celebration meals together. We will truly miss him and know Heaven has a great person just arriving.

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