David Talbert Dotson, 93, of Winona passed away quietly in the VA Medical Center in Jackson on Monday, July 21, after a brief illness. Mr. Dotson was a prominent businessman who retired when he sold his GMC dealership in 1993, which he had owned since 1946, although he remained active in the car business through his friends until the end. He played football and ran track at Mississippi College and was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also an avid horseman who trained some of the best cutting horses in the country and at one time was ranked among the top trainers in the world.
Mr. Dotson was a United States Marine Corps Captain who served as a rifle ompany commander in some of the most difficult island assaults and beach landings in the Pacific Theater during World War II, including the first wave in the assault on the beaches at Okinawa. He was proud of his service to his country and was able to visit the WWII Memorial several years ago with the help of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight.
Mr. Dotson was married to Eileen Crocker Dotson of Bruce for 51 years until she passed away in 1993. He later married Betty Jo Dotson who died in 2011. Mr. Dotson has four children, David T. Dotson, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn,, Diane (Bob) Mims, Kathy Dotson and Debbie (Arliss) Swindoll of Oxford. He has four grandchildren, Amanda Dotson, Lt Cmdr David (Teri) Mims, Meg Swindoll (Chris) Cochran and Will Swindoll; and one great grandchild, Hadley Clare Mims.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Winona. The family will receive visitors from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church with a graveside service and military honors at Oakwood Cemetery following the church service.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of David Talbert Dotson to either the Veterans Home in Kosciusko, (310 Autumn Ridge Rd. 39090) or The First Presbyterian Church, Winona (302 Summit St, 38967), which is his home church.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is handling arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.