orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Obituaries

April 5, 2013

Gertrude McFadden “Granny” Dotson

ORANGE — Gertrude “Granny” Dotson, 102, quietly slipped away on Thursday, April 4 at The Meadows in Orange. She was born in Paris, Texas on October 4, 1910 to parents Ben and Louvenia McFadden.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Lynn Ashcraft. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be 1:00 until 2:00 on Sunday at the funeral home.

Gertrude married L.M Dotson in Paris, Texas and moved to Orange in 1940. She worked at Green’s Department store and The Fair store for over 50 years. Granny was a lifetime member of The Orange County Senior Citizens. She enjoyed the ladies group known as the Lunch Bunch that meet monthly to eat, visit and play a mean game of SKIP BO.  Granny was part of the Master Gardeners Club. She raised a huge garden until the age of 96. She was always bringing vegetables to people to enjoy.  Granny has that amazing ability to break off a stem, stick it in the ground and it would become a flourishing plant.  She loved to putter in her yard and work with her flowers.

Granny owned and operated Dotson’s Exxon Service Station on 16th street with her husband, L. M Dotson for many years. She would work at the Fair store and then come sit at the station.  She never met a stranger and had the gift of gab. Granny loved to talk to all of the people that came into the station. She had a memory like a steel trap and was a natural born storyteller. Granny and L. M.  had many opportunities to travel with Exxon in their earlier years. She loved to see new things and welcomed the chance to go.

Granny was a great cook and always had something cooking on the stove.  She loved her family. She raised her three sons Bill, Donald and Jerry. In later years she helped raise grandchildren and then stepped in to help raise great- grandchildren. Granny loved Bingo. It was said that when she would win, she would dance on the way to get her prize.

Granny was a member of North Orange Baptist Church for 55 years. She loved and enjoyed Sunday school, the church services and the church family.

Granny was preceded in death by her husband, L. M. Dotson, sons, Bill Dotson and Jerry Dotson, granddaughter, Dana Hargrave, parents, Ben and Louvenia McFadden, sister, Opal Shew, and brother, Roy Davis McFadden. Granny is survived by her brother, Edward (Son) McFadden of Paris, Texas, son, Donald Dotson of Orange, daughter-in-laws Diane Dotson of Orange and Jane Dotson of Lafayette. Granny is also survived by grandchildren, Donnie and Carter Dotson of Orange, Mike Dotson of Caldwell, Daniel Dotson and wife Chrystal of Orange, Misti Dotson of Orange, Laura Sweatt and Husband, Hayden, Drew Dotson and wife Andrea of Santa Fe, Alicia Germany of  Millington, Doug Dotson and wife Michelle of Lafayette. Great-grandchildren are Jacob Hargrave and wife Rebecca of Hawaii, Lucas Hargrave of Orange, Crystal Smith, Ashley Passmore, Allison Nunez, Faye Unold, Eric Dotson, Beth Elliott, Cread and Cade Dotson, Simon and Henry Dotson, Kourtni, Kaylee and Haylen Sweatt, Alex and Ashley Dotson, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Jack Germany, Britney Gossen and husband, Crawford, Bailey and Brett Dotson and nine great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Mike Dotson, Daniel Dotson, Donnie Dotson, Carter Dotson, Doug Dotson, Drew Dotson, Jacob Hargrave, and Lucas Hargrave.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Myra A. Wright Myra A. Wright

    Myra A. Wright, 81, of Bridge City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Orange.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Benjamin Jason Winters Benjamin Jason Winters

    Benjamin Jason Winters died April 9,2014 in Toole, Utah.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Howard J. Casto

    Howard J. Casto, 71, of Orange, passed away April 6, 2014, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

    April 14, 2014

  • Wayne Peveto Wayne Peveto

    Wayne Peveto passed from this life on April 8, 2014.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.J. "Buster" Lapeyrolerie A.J. “Buster” Lapeyrolerie

    A.J. “Buster” Lapeyrolerie, 92, of Bridge City, passed away on April 9, 2014, at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Herminia "Minnie" Lopez Almazan Herminia “Minnie” Lopez Almazan

    Herminia “Minnie” Lopez Almazan, 76, of Deer Park and a former resident of Orange since 1963, joined her Heavenly Father on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luella Viola Winebrenner

    Luella Viola Winebrenner, 83, of Mauriceville, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at Harbor House Hospice in Beaumont.

    April 8, 2014 1 Story

  • Joyce Telford Joyce M. Richard-Telford

    Mrs. Joyce M. Richard-Telford died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at her home.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joann Nelson Joann Nelson

         Joann Nelson departed her life on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation with her family at her side.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marco Kordie Marco Kordie

    Marco Kordie, 81, of Orange, died Sunday, April, 6, 2014, at his residence.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide