Jeweldene Williamson Dotson

September 10, 1936 ~ August 18, 2021 (age 84)


Jeweldene Williamson Dotson, age 84, of Wildwood, formerly of Pikeville, KY, died, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at after a long illness

Jeweldene graduated as Valedictorian of her high school class and went on to further education at Berea College and earning a BA in Education from Eastern Kentucky University.  She initially worked as a teacher in the Pike County School System, where she taught Home Economics, and was the epitome of a lady. There she met the love of her life and best friend, Clarence “Buddy” Dotson, also an educator, who she married and together built a wonderful life.  They taught in school systems in Kentucky, Maryland, Florida, and Tennessee.  They then went on to fulfill a dream, founding Dotson Funeral Home in 1979, where she served as Vice President and First Lady, provided the quiet, comforting presence that families needed. 

She was an expert seamstress, avid gardener, talented cook, young at heart, and the kindest person that you would ever want to know.  She enjoyed singing, going to the symphony, and out to dinner occasionally. She took pleasure in simple things; a kind gesture or a thoughtful word. She loved nature,  animals, children, and being outdoors

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Clarence O. “Buddy” Dotson; parents, Lawrence “Cap” and  Lois Williamson; brother, Andrew Alden Williamson; sister and brother-in-law, Adelene and Frank McGuire.

Survivors include her sons, Barry (Shay) Dotson, Brent Dotson; grandchildren, Shaunmarie Alexandria & Andrew Heath; sisters-in-law, Bertha Williamson, Gail (Kent) Emerson; brother-in-law, Johnny Dotson; and her beloved cat, Loki.

Graveside Ceremony will be 1:00 PM, Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, KY where she will be laid to rest beside her sweetheart, Buddy.  Memorial Donations may be made in her name  to Remote Area Medical (RAM). Arrangements entrusted to Dotson Funeral Home, Wildwood (865-984-5959) and J.W. Call Funeral Home, Pikeville, KY.(606-437-6228)  Online Condolences may be made at

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