Gerald E. Dotson (FE-R) West Virginia Conference of
The United Methodist Church, died February 21, 2017. He was
preceded in death by parents: Dexter Gilden and Irene Bailes
Dotson; and by infant deaths of brother, Dexter G. Dotson, Jr.
and sister, Katherine Paulette Dotson.
Gerald is survived by wife of 46 years, Barbara Ann
Dorsey Dotson; sons and daughters-in-law: Eric Bradley and
Michelle Dotson; Matthew Bryan and Julie Dotson; three
grandchildren: Brenna Grace, Olivia Faith, and Ethan Matthew
Dotson; sister, Karen Dotson; sister-in-law, Wilma Dorsey Bury
(Don Bury); nephew, Ross Bury; niece, Amanda Bury Brown
(Brian Brown); and brother-in-law, Danny Dorsey.
Born August 30, 1947 in the first- old Sacred Heart
Hospital, Richwood, WV, Gerald grew up at the family home on
lower Glade Creek, Summersville, Nicholas County, WV. He
attended Nicholas County schools, graduating from NCHS in
1965; from West Virginia Wesleyan College in1969, as a pre-
ministerial student, with a sociology major and psychology
minor. Following college, Gerald attended United Theological
Seminary (M.Div. 1974), Dayton, Ohio and one year at Asbury
Seminary, Wilmore, KY. Including seminary and ordination
requirements, early years of ministry, experiences as an
associate pastor, and pastor of various WV United Methodist
congregations, Gerald retired with 37 years of full-time service.
Having grown up in a heritage of faith and active church
membership, during his early teens, Gerald sensed a “warm-
heart” call to share the gospel with others which he had
experienced for himself. In the various communities where
Gerald pastored, he enjoyed the role of pastoral ministry, visiting
and counseling with persons during sorrowful and joyful moments
of life, and in preparation of preaching and worship. Gerald also
participated in Rotary, Kiwanis (WV Lieutenant Governor) and
Cub Scouts (Cub Master). He also served as Secretary of the
WV Council of Churches.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017,
1:00 PM, at Summersville Memorial United Methodist Church,
Summersville, WV. Family and friends are welcome to gather
from Noon to 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Summersville Memorial United Methodist Church
1317 Webster Road Summersville, WV 26651 or the Nicholas
County Historical and Genealogical Society P.O. Box 443
Summersville, WV 26651.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.