James Benjamin Dotson, Jr.

James Benjamin Dotson, Jr., beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, educator, and coach, passed away suddenly Saturday morning March 27, 2010.

He attended New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville for over 20 years.

He recently retired in 2009, with over 30 years service, from Blount County Schools. Throughout his career, he taught science, PE, and elementary education. His unique, innovative, and creative teaching methods made him extremely popular and loved by his students and coworkers. He inspired his students to do their best, as he did on a daily basis.

One of James’s greatest joys was coaching boys’ and girls’ basketball. He coached basketball at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for over 15 years. He had a passion for coaching that was demonstrated by his dedication to the sport and to his players on and off the court. His players loved him and respected him not only as a coach but as a role model, mentor, and father figure.

James loved spending time with his family and friends, planning and taking extraordinary trips with them, and cooking unique meals for those he loved.

He had a special fondness for his animal friends; at one time having over 20 rescued animals in his menagerie. James also enjoyed tending to his farm, “The Ranchero.” On his farm, he had cattle, pigs, peacocks, guineas, and chickens.

James will be truly missed by all those who knew him.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend James Benjamin Dotson, Sr. and Dr. Gladys Dotson. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and his precious daughters, Shaelyn and Kelsey, his brother and sisters, Raymond Dotson, Mary Dotson Wolfe, Rebecca Dotson, Ruth Dotson Murray, and Sara Kay Morgan. In addition, he is survived by many loved nieces and nephews, brothers in law, sisters in law, cousins, aunts, uncles, and special friends.

The family will meet on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. for a private graveside service at Cane Creek Cemetery officiated by Reverend J. Steven Musick. Serving as pallbearers are Vinson Dotson, Michael Dotson, Joseph Wolfe, Joshua Dotson, Jonathan Wolfe, Louis Murray, James Wolfe, Loren Riddick, Greg Hicks, Benjamin von Schweinitz, and Colt Marcengill. The receiving of friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville followed by a celebration of life there at 6:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont via www.gsmit.org or to SPCA of Tennessee via www.spcatn.org.
Online condolences may be extended at www.millerfuneralhome.org