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    David Dotson


    Born and raised in Texas, David Dotson graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in November 2014.

    David and his family moved to Kingsport in September 2015 where he began as funeral director and embalmer for East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park. He was promoted to general manager in July 2016.

    For over 20 years David worked as a critical care paramedic and flight paramedic. He also served as the senior pastor and music minister for Hilltop Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Texas. David has served in the mission field in all parts of the world since 2001, the last being in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula.

    David enjoys spending his free time with family, whether playing and writing music with his son, hanging out with his daughter or shopping with his wife. He bases all of his personal and professional work ethics on Colossians 3:23, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

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    Nancy S Bishop

    Office Manager

    Nancy Bishop has been a Dignity Memorial® associate since March 1994, serving as office manager since 2000. Nancy began her career as an office clerk, working with clients of both the cemetery and funeral home. In 1997, Nancy began a 2-year apprenticeship, working toward becoming a funeral director. She earned her funeral director's license in the state of Tennessee on June 19, 1999.

    Nancy does not adhere to an 8-to-5 workday, considering her job a lifestyle. She feels a strong responsibility for her community and, being a longtime resident of the area, has many relationships. She stays available to her close friends, fellow church members and acquaintances to answer questions about funeral or cemetery arrangements and is honored to help ease the pain of tough decisions.

    Nancy and her husband have lived in the Indian Springs and Cooks Valley areas since the early 1970s and have been members at Sunnyside Baptist Church most of those years. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

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    Jami Renee Lawson

    Funeral Director

    Jami Lawson was born and raised in southwest Virginia and graduated with her mortuary degree from John Tyler Community College in 2012. Jami was humbled by the sting of loss at an early age with her mother’s untimely passing and felt the calling to serve families. She has been with East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park as funeral director and embalmer since October 2015. Jami enjoys spending time with her son, watching University of North Carolina basketball and spending time at the lake with her family and friends.