March 1, 1940 ~ August 21, 2016

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Gary Lee Dotson, 76, died Sunday, August 21 at the John F. Keever Solace Center, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. Gary was born March 1, 1940 and was the son of the late Henry and Alma Kirstein Dotson of Fairview, NC. He was a proud veteran having served four years in the Marine Corps. He was the owner of Dotson Metal Finishing in Asheville, NC and then was employed 14 years at MB Industries in Rosman, NC. Gary is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy Murmillo Dotson; son, Brett (Michelle) of Clermont, France; daughter, Wendi Dotson McCrain (Jeff) of Hendersonville; loved and in love with seven grandsons; Hunter Bailey, Graysen, Raleigh, Campbell and Sawyer Dotson and Connor and Kendall McCrain; brothers, Cliff, Mac and Carroll Dotson of Fairview, NC. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:30 am in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Pastor Steve Scoggins officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home followed by burial at the State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain at 2:00 pm. Flowers are appreciated but contributions may be made to John F. Keever Solace Center of Asheville, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to Prostate Cancer Research,

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  1. Judy, Wendy and Brett,

    Although we are not with you in person, we are holding all of you close in heart and praying for peace in your hearts. All our love, Elaine

  2. Suzie, I am praying for you and your children during this transition period of the loss of your husband. God has given me strength for 8 years now after the loss of my husband. I know He will do the same for you. Love and prayers!

  3. Judy and Family,
    What a sweet coincidence that Gary and Richard should go to heaven so close together. We are so thankful that their battles are over and their bodies are now whole. Know that we will be praying for you.

  4. Please accept our condolences from Gary and April Graham .Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
    Michelin Ag.

    • Thank you so much Mitch. Gary was my grandfather and sometimes I still cry when I see him in our family pictures…

  5. Our deepest condolences for Brett, Michelle and the Dotsons family. You are in our thoughts and prayers! A big hug from Hernan and Cristina Ambrosi.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Judy and family. May he rest in peace and pray that God keep you in his care during this time. Rest knowing that there will be no more pain .

  7. Judy, Bret, Wendy and families,

    So sorry to here of the passing of Gary.
    He was a wonderful man and cousin. All of you
    are in our prayers. We love you.

  8. We remember the wonderful times we had years ago. Sometimes facing our losses is how we find our strength. May the love we are sending you give you strength and comfort to your hearts. Love Jim & Emily Smoke

  9. Sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. He and I were in the 1st Bn 8th Marine in 1960 -1962. He and I would come to Asheville in my nVolkswagen Karmann Ghia and I would stay at his parents house while he spent time with his wife. I dated mhos Cousin Barbara and had many good times together.
    God bless all of Gary’s family and know that gary is in a much better place than we.

    Semper Fidelis,
    Pat M. Curd
    CWO-3 USMC(Ret)

  10. Yes… I’m Gary dotsons grandson. I was very very sad when I heard from my mom when he died. Sometimes when we look at pictures she cry’s…


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