Stephen Wayne Dotson October 16, 1965 - February 5, 2020

UPDATE: Burial will be held at 12 noon on Monday, February 10, 2020

Stephen Wayne “
WolfieDotson, 54, born in Asheville, NC and more recently of Greenville, SC died on Wednesday, February 5th while surrounded by those who loved him.    Stephen was the son of Audrey Russell Dotson and the late William Patrick Dotson.  

Stephen worked for over 25 years coordinating staging for concerts and events, with the most recent 19 of those on staff at Furman University’s Timmons Arena in Greenville, SC.  His love of Furman and its students and staff was always obvious.

He loved fishing, grilling, old cars, and his dogs.  He was never happier than when riding a motorcycle or preparing a Fourth of July feast.  He was an amazing son, brother, nephew and friend who will be greatly missed by those he left behind.  

Stephen was met at Heaven’s gate by his father William, his niece Alexandria Williams, two sets of grandparents, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  

He is survived by his mother Audrey “Nicky” Russell Dotson and her friend Jerry S Buskell; girlfriend Angela Wester; sisters Wendy McElrath Hughes, Angie Dotson, Sandra Sawwan and her husband Sam Sawwan; nephews B. J. Wolfe, Martin McElrath, Mohammad Sawwan, Dean Salameh, and William Sawwan; nieces Emily Roberson-Williams, Rachel Roberson-Williams, Carrie Williams, and Ebyni Sawwan; aunts Lorene Gudger, and Pat Scardo and husband Herman Scardo; and many cousins and friends.  His dogs Rufus and Izzy miss him dearly.

Stephen took every opportunity to support his community by participating in charity motorcycle rides, and attended several Toys for Tots runs each year, as well as the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to support awareness and research for prostate cancer and men’s mental health programs.  

The family will receive friends at Foster Seventh Day Adventist (Open Door Cathedral) in Asheville, NC at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, February 9th with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:00 PM.

Internment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery off of Merchant Street on Monday, Feb 10th at 12PM.

Memorials may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at or Toys for Tots at


Date: 02/09/2020
Time: 2PM
Foster SDA (Open Door Cathedral)

375 Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 274-2014


Date: 02/09/2020
Time: 12 Noon
Foster SDA (Open Door Cathedral)

375 Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 274-2014


Date: 02/10/2020
Time: 12PM
Woodlawn Cemetery

Cypress Dr. off Merchants St.
Asheville , NC 28803
(828) 274-2014

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  1. Angie Dotson, sister says

    Thank you everyone for your kind words and memories of Steve. He is already missed more than words can say, but there is comfort in knowing he was loved by so many.

  2. Doug Anderson says

    Let me start out by saying, I’m sorry I missed his memorial service, I was caught off guard about his death, and sadden to get that mews. I knew, and worked with Wolfe, as we called him, or Steve Datsun(he hated that…a lot, which is why we would use that term of endearment from time to time) For 25 years or so.
    He was one of the “good ones”! He stood up for others, and what was right.
    I worked with him mostly, but knew him socially as well. Though we didn’t see each other very much, we were friends! He will be missed by many, and I will be one in that group! My condolences to his family, co workers, and friends. He’s riding a new BMW motorcycle somewhere around those pearly gates. Ride in peace Brother

  3. Michele Deitz Shelton says

    Sending you all my condolences. I had so many fun times riding the bus to ACR. Hanging out with Steve and Angie, at and away from school. Steve could always make me laugh, and the sweetest guy. He will be missed by everyone, who’s lives he touched.

  4. Gay Deaver says

    Audrey,Wendy,Angie and Sandy,
    I was so sorry to hear of
    Steve’s passing today. I have so many fond memories of you all from Oakley School. I am sending my love, condolences and sympathy to you all!

  5. Sheri Rohan says

    Sandra,thinking of you and your family.Prayers to keep you strong through the times’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Judy Rose says

    I don’t think I have ever met a nicer human being. Even though I did not see him often, I will certainly miss him and his always smiling face. Furman will not be the same without him. Rest in peace dear friend.

  7. Ron Dame says

    I did not know him well, but always a friend!y face at Studebaker meets. I’m am so sorry to hear of his passing

  8. Ethan says

    I know you are riding your bike on the streets of gold. I will miss seeing you at Furman Basketball Games. Father bring peace to the family of Steve.