August 1, 1931 ~ March 13, 2005

Born in: Yancey County,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Jessie Riddle Dotson, of Concord Road, died on Sunday, March 13, 2005 in a local hospital. A native of Yancey County, Mrs. Dotson was the daughter of the late Benjamin Ray Riddle and Rose L. Riddle. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Yates Lineberger, who died in 1989. She owned and operated Dotson’s Flower Shop in Fletcher for 28 years and attended Biltmore Baptist Church. A loving mother, caring sister and darling wife, she was an ambassador for Jesus and a strong and living light in the community. To live is Christ, to die is gain. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William Sherman Dotson of Fletcher; three daughters and a son, Connie Queen and husband Tommy of Saluda, Kathy Lineberger and husband Leon of Dallas, NC, Barry Dotson and wife Rena and Amy Brady and husband Steve all of Fletcher; fifteen grandchildren, Brad, Jason, Kevin, Josh, Ben and Karie Queen, Kyle , Tyler and Anna Kathryne Lineberger; Holly, Haley and Heidi Dotson, Zach, Candice and Hanna Brady; four brothers and sisters, W. B. Riddle of Weaverville, George Riddle, Maggie Atkins and Nell Masters all of Asheville. A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday at Biltmore Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. James Walker and Rev. Joe Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. At other times the family will be at the home, 110 Concord Road.

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  1. I AM THE OLDEST DAUGHTER OF HOWARD ELKINS. JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THE DEATH OF JESSIE. OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU.
    THE HOWARD ELKINS FAMILY

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  2. I want to express my sorrow at the passing of Mrs. Dotson. She was a wonderful lady and I enjoyed my talks with her over the years. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

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  3. Amy, Steve and Family
    I am deeply sorry for your loss of your Mom. May God give you the needed strength to carry on HIS cross as you go through this tough time.

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  4. To the family of Jessie, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for your hurt and suffering at this time. We understand exactly what you are going through. We loss Vernon/our Dad on Jan. 27 and it is a precious loss to give up. May the Lords comforting hand be around each of you at this time. Your wife and Mother was a wonderful woman. Always with a smile on her face. She was a wonderful florist who made you feel like she would go the extra mile to help you.Without a doubt she is in Heaven with her Lord and she and Vernon/Dad are chating. I know God will have plenty of flowers she can have a good time decorating arrangements with. Love to each of you.

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  5. Dear Friends … I was saddened to read this morning of Mrs. Dotson’s passing. She will surely be missed. I have not seen her a lot since she moved her shop from Fletcher, but I was always blessed by God thru her when I would go by to pick up some flowers or just stop in to visit. She was a dear and precious person and a wonderful Christian. I know you all will miss her greatly, but take comfort in knowing she is at Home with her Lord and she is in perfect health now. May God bless, comfort and strengthen each of you in these days ahead. His grace is and will be sufficient for you. Love, in His Name, Alton Connor Jr.

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  6. To the Dotson Family, our deepest sympathy to all of you. We’ve known Jessie and Sherman for practically all our lives. We use to shop there when they had their grocery store. We sure will miss Miss Jessie. She was a very respected and loved lady. God Bless all of you and comfort you in this time. Don & Dianna Birchfield, Barbara Lewis and Family.

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  7. So sorry to learn of Mrs. Dodson’s passing. Sarah and I will be praying for all of you. We have many good memories of ‘Sister Jessie.’ She was a blessing to us!

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  8. Amy, I am saddened by the news of your mother’s passing. Mrs. Dotson was always pleasant, a constant smile on her face and ALWAYS at the flower shop making beautiful arrangements. I don’t think I ever came to the shop and she wasn’t there. Take comfort that your mom will live in every flower that blooms in the greenhouse and every arrangement that leaves the shop. She will be missed by all in the community. Even though, we are thousands of miles away you are in my prayers. God bless you, Michael, Linda (Peek), Kyle and Kameron Conner

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  9. Dear Ones;
    May I share the presious memories that Jessie leaves with me as well as holding you up to the one who can sustain you through your great loss, Marvin

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  10. Sherman, Connie, Kathy, Barry & Amy & family I am so sorry to hear of Jessie’s passing but I know where she is and I can just imagine the beautiful flower arrangements and growing plants in heaven. She was one of a kind what a blessing to be around and I am thankful that I had the priviledge of knowing her. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time. Love, Theresa (Lance) D’Amore

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  11. May our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. She will be missed greatly but will be welome in her heavenly home with no pains or sorrows. From family of Hardy Ownbey.

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  12. Connie and family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time for you. We pray for you to have peace and comfort at this time and know that our savior is always with you.God bless you. Bobbie and Shirley Arrowood

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  13. DEAR FAMILY,WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WE LOVED YOUR MOM AND RESPECTED HER GREATLY. SHE WAS SO GOOD TO EVERY ONE IN OUR FAMILY. SHE REALLY HELPED MAMA WHEN SHE WAS SO SICK WHEN WE WERE LITTLE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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  14. We are very sadden to hear of our Dear friend leaving us.She was a great lady and will be greatly missed by all.God Bless each and every member of her family.

    Ray & Dot Whitaker

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  15. Barry, Rena, and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. God give you peace and strength during this time. We will remember you in prayer.
    We love you,
    Don and Penny

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  16. Our friendship with Mrs. Dotson and her family began when we needed a babysitter for Joy and Dale. She (and the children and Mr. Dotson) were all so good to them. They have many good memories of that time. Through the years since, we have never talked to Mrs. Dotson that she was not witnessing about how good God is and if she said she would pray for an object we knew she would. Now she has a new body. God is good. May God bless you all and keep you and cause His light to shine upon you.

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  17. Barry & Rene:
    Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. Since my recent loss, I find that memories are the treasurers that mean everything and may your warm and loving memories now console and comfort you. God is near and so are friends who love you very much.

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  18. my thoughts and prayers are with all the family in the loss your mother grandmother &greatgrandmother with our love prayers

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  19. Amy,
    One of the hardest things I had to do today was order flowers for Mrs D. She was always the one I spoke to…she comforted me during sad times and was happy during good times. She was so kind and loving and I will miss her very much. God bless her, you and the rest of the family.
    Paget Vanderbeck

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  20. Sherman and Family
    So sorry for your loss. We know you will miss her. She was a wonderful person.
    Our thoughts and prayers
    Jerry Doris Lytle and Family

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  21. Mrs. Dotson was my florist for years…She extended credit to me before she even knew me because I was recomended by one of her faithful customers…She was a pleasure to do business with. No matter how late I called she always tried her best to fill my order. She also make beautiful arrangements that were second to none! My condolances to the family

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  22. Dear Friends,

    We are sorry. Jessie was a good friend, and I enjoyed our friendship when our children were growing up together. Later, we talked about the joy of having our grandchildren and the sorrow when Kathy’s little boy went home to be with the Lord. She will be missed, but I am thankful that God made a way for us to see our loved ones again. May the Holy Spirit comfort you.

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  23. MRS DOTSON WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.
    I ENJOYED HER CONVERSATION AND WISDOM EVERYTIME I WENT INTO HER STORE.

    WANDA
    PARK RIDGE HOSPITAL

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  24. Connie & Family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you have and will be in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you all with His comfort and help.

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  25. Jessie was good friend for many years. We will keep you in our prayers. Clyde & Christine Hensley, Fletcher Cleaners

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  26. I am so sorry. There are no words to say that are of any comfort. I just want you to know that I will be praying for you. You will see her again. She touched alot of lives for Christ.

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  27. Jessie Dotson was a wonderful saint
    of God. I loved seeing her when I went to the shop to buy flowers. Death for Christians is only a temporary separation. Reunion Day is coming!

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  28. I called Mrs Dotson many times a year to deliver flowers to my wonderful mother and my now deceased dad, Vernon and Thelma Wright. Mrs Dotson was always a breath of fresh air because of her cheerful personality and loving attitude. I will miss her dearly but I know she is in heaven with our heavenly father encouraging us all to hold our heads high and go forward because she is helping watch over us.

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  29. Praying the Lord Jesus will surround you with His love and give you comfort as He brings strength and healing.

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