James Beecher Dollens

May 29, 1944June 6, 2018
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James B. Dollens, 74, of Solsberry died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in I.U. Hospice House. He was born May 29, 1944 in Bloomington to Lawrence Tirey Dollens and Genevieve Lucille Wysong Dollens. He was retired from Indiana University where he was a carpenter/glazier. On July 8, 1967 in Cardington Ohio, James married Anita Miller and she survives him.

Other survivors include a daughter, Melissa Jayne of Solsberry; two sons, Jared Dollens of Solsberry and Brett (wife Laurie) Dollens of Plainfield; three grandchildren, Korigan Jayne, Caleb Dollens and Samuel Dollens; three sisters, Melba Edwards of Bloomington, Barbara (husband Leroy) Merida of Bloomington and Kathryn (husband Steve) Cox of Greenwood; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Dollens and Lawrence “Sonny” Dollens; and a sister, Marilyn Harris.

Memberships include Eastview Church of the Nazarene and the American Quarter Horse Association. James was a 1962 Graduate of Bloomington High School and attended Olivet Nazarene University before being drafted into the U.S. Army and serving in Vietnam with the Big Red 1 Infantry. In his retirement James enjoyed raising Quarter Horses.

There will be a gathering of Family and Friends on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E Third St. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday at 1:00 PM also in the funeral home with Pastor Matt Upshaw officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens with Military Honors given by the Monroe County Honor Guard.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Ruth egan

June 16, 2018

The beauty of Jim's quiet spirit was the hallmark of his personality. But it did not end there, he was a real doer. He knew who he was and whose he was- Jesus Christ's. He lives on in our memory and because that part of us that was created in the image of God, our souls, is our forever selves. Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am, you may be also." There will be a great homecoming there when the constraints of time and space are no longer a concern. God is so good. God is always good. Thank you, God, for the gift of your servant Jim. Jim lives on in his family that was built with his wonderful wife, Anita Miller Dollens, my cousin. May the Comforter, the Coach, the Spirit of Truth be very near to you as you move on in your earthly life with a visible hole that he once filled. May the Lord bless and keep you; May the Lord cause His face to shine upon you, and give you peace. Love and blessings from Ruth Wasson Brown Egan and her husband John.

Roger Allen

June 13, 2018

To Anita, Jared, Missy, and Brett. Your loss is a loss for all who spent any time with Jim at all. His character touched all whom he associated with. His testimony for our Lord and saviour was always present. The memories made in our baseball family will be with me for the remainder of my life. May God bless and keep your family safe and secure until we can all be reunited in a so much better place.
Love, Ada and Roger.

Terina Bowlen

June 13, 2018

I met Mr. Dollens about 15 yrs ago. I say “Mr” because after years of friendship I always called him Mr. Dollens. He would just shake his head and say “That’s Jim to you, Girl.” I could never bring myself to call him Jim! He was always and will forever be Mr. Dollens. Horses brought us together. It’s funny how some of the people I hold dearest have been brought to me by horses! He brought a mare to breed to my stallion. She happened to be in season when he unloaded her so I suggested we go ahead an breed her right then. He was so shocked and impressed by the behavior of my boy that he brought, I believe, 3 more! Lol we became instant friends. I saw in Mr. Dollens the same passion for horses that I have. You see, any one can love horses, but a few of us breathe them. The heart beats in our chest is the pounding of the tiny hooves of the horses that run through our veins. Mr. Dollens and I shared that. I so enjoyed every moment spent with him! It started with a “you should come by and see my horses” and quickly progressed to regular visits at his barn. He started stocking his barn fridge with Diet Dr Pepper just for me. Lol we would spend lots of time petting horses and lots more time sitting in the barn with our sodas just talking about them. Man, those beautiful eyes sure did sparkle when we talked horses! He became one of my biggest cheerleaders! He always said, “ One of these days you are gonna go places Girl”.
I just want to say to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time!
And to you, Mr. Dollens...Jim, I want to thank you for cheering me on, for having so much confidence in my abilities, for your friendship, and for the time we spent together. You will always hold a special place in my heart! I am truly honored to have called you my friend!

Jeanette Southern Richart

June 12, 2018

So many Memories - Jeanette and Mike Southern

Shawn and Jen Wilson

June 10, 2018

Dear friends, we are so sorry for your loss and pray for God’s comfort and presence for your family. We loved Jim and treasure our friendship not only with him but with the Dollens family. We will continue to keep you close in our hearts these coming days, weeks, and months. We love you guys!
The Wilson family: Shawn, Jen, and Hayley

Jim and Marilyn Wilson

June 9, 2018

Anita and family, we are keeping all of you in our prayers at this time. Praying Gods love will surround all of you now and in the days ahead. We love and appreciate all of you.

lori pfaehler

June 8, 2018

anita ..clayton and i send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family..jim was 1 of the first one i met when i moved here and he reminded me of my dad in so many ways...i will miss thoughts and prayers with you and your family and your numerous friends..clayton & lori

Kay Shipley

June 7, 2018

Jim was a great influence to the kids at Eastside Nazarene Church in the 1980s.
He was a loving man.
Prayers and Hugs to Anita and your entire family.🙏

Sandy Shelton

June 7, 2018

I am so sorry Anita , he was greatly loved and respected . Love you both and prayers to you and your family in the weeks to come

Margaret Miller

June 7, 2018

Jim, your mother-in-law has loved and appreciated you since the day you became a member of our family. My prayers are with all of them.