Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
January 21, 2013
Shirley Faye Dotson, 65 of Ransom, Ky. passed away peacefuly at her home surrounded by loved ones, Sunday, January 20, 2013 after battling pancreatic cancer for several months.
She was born on July 30, 1947 in Pike County, Ky. the daughter of the late Ireland and Minnie West. In 1967 she married the love of her life, Raymond “Eugene” Dotson. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2012 after 45 years of marriage.
She was a retired/disabled employee of the Pike County Board of Education, where she worked as an instructional assistant at Blackberry Grade School during her years of employment. In addition to raising her two kids and helping with her grandchildren, she was a caretaker to many throughout her life and always eager to help someone in need. She was the heart of her family. A wonderful wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend to all. She was a dedicated member of the Samaria Primitive Baptist Church. Her unwavering faith in the Lord and strength was an inspiration to everyone around her. Shirley was well known for entertaining guests with delightful conversation, coffee and snacks. She won the hearts of many with her nurturing love and faith. Her gift of joy, compassion for others, constant smiling and joking around will never be forgotten. It was very important to her that “everyone” knew she loved them.
In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by brothers, Ralph West and Ireland Vernon West; twin sister, Sharon Kaye West and nephews, James West and Greg West.
Survivors include a daughter, Eugenia (Brian) Whitt of Ransom, Ky.; son, Chad (Jeannie) Dotson of Ransom, Ky.; brother, Terry West of Aflex, Ky.; sisters, Helen (Rick) Becker of Dublin, Ohio and Paula (Patrick) Olivia of Oviedo, FL; grandchildren, Briona Paige Whitt and Chasity Dawn Whitt and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM in the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Varney, Jeff Dotson, Shawn Dotson and Raymond Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in the Willie Jake Hager Cemetery, Ransom, Ky. with Brandon Scott, Charles Patrick Reed, Cheyenne West, Dakota West, Andy Bowling, Danny Joe West, J. B. Dotson and Dale Whitt serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held after 6 PM Tuesday in the Funeral Home Chapel with a special singing service at 7 PM. R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.rerogersfuneralhome.com.