OBITUARY

Tonya Dotson

June 25, 1969April 25, 2019
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Tonya Lee Dotson, 49, formerly of Mt. Vernon, TX and currently residing in Kingsport, TN, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 25, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on June 25, 1969 in Mt. Vernon, TX to Peggy and Gary Raney.

She was a devoted wife and mother, who supported her family in all ways, including when her husband David would go on church missions around the world. Her children considered her the Best Mom ever. Tonya’s devotion did not stop with her family, it continued to her church, Hilltop Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, TX, where she worked with children and the music ministry.

Tonya had many loves beyond her family, including music, history, especially Civil War and Early American History, Disney World, traveling, watching Hallmark Movies, being outdoors, gardening, raising chickens and cooking. Her family especially enjoyed her Dirt Cake and homemade salsa. She is preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Raney; aunt, Linda Broom; paternal and maternal grandparents; and father-in-law, Bill Ringo.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 31 years, David Dotson; daughter, Hannah Dotson; son, Jesse Dotson; father, Gary Raney; sisters, Tina Rose and husband Lance and Tara Dollins and husband Michael; mother-in-law, Carmaletta Ringo; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Carlotta Bradley; nieces, Taylor Rose and Emma Strickland; nephews, Hunter Rose and wife Michelle and Cole Strickland; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at East Lawn Funeral Home. A celebration of Tonya’s life and testimony will follow at 7:00pm with Chaplin Tom Edwards officiating.

Tonya will be laid to rest on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:00am East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Peace II.

Those serving as pallbearers are David Dotson, Jesse Dotson, Casey Ringo, Lance Rose, Hunter Rose, Brian McCasland, Ralph Bible, and Aaron Simpson.

Honorary pallbearers are Calvin Ringo, and Michael Dollins.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tonya’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Johnson City Office, 508 Princeton Rd. Ste. 102, Johnson City, TN 37601 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

  • FAMILY

  • David Dotson, Husband of Thirty-One Years
  • Hannah Dotson, Daughter
  • Jesse Dotson, Son
  • Gary Raney, Father
  • Tina Rose and husband Lance, Sister
  • Tara Dollins and husband Michael, Sister
  • Carmaletta Ringo, Mother-In-Law
  • Jerry and Carlotta Bradley, Father-In-Law and Mother-In-Law
  • Taylor Rose and Emma Strickland, Nieces
  • Hunter Rose and wife Michelle and Cole Strickland, Nephews
  • Numberous Loving Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends, Family
  • Peggy Raney, Mother - Deceased
  • Linda Broom, Aunt - Deceased
  • Paternal and Maternal Grandparents, Family - Deceased
  • Bill Ringo, Father-In-Law - Deceased
  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Dotson
  • Jesse Dotson
  • Lance Rose
  • Brian McCasland
  • Ralph Bible
  • Aaron Simpson
  • Casey Ringo
  • Hunter Rose, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Dollins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Calvin Ringo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society, Johnson City Office
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Karen Thompson

April 28, 2019

From all of us Christina Caldwell, Michael Caldwell, Vicki Caldwell and family. Karen Thompson and Erik Thompson. Kayla Caldwell, Keegan Caldwell. Cameron Cunningham, Jenney Burris and family.

We share in memory of Tonya and her sweet spirit and kind soul. A wonderful wife and mother.

Our deepest condolences to David, Jesse and Hannah Dotson, as we are all family and heartbroken but know there will be so many wonderful memories that you all will be able to share.

We send our love and we all made a donation in memory of Tonya to St. Jude to help carry on life and fight the battle in her name.

Mechele Morris Dietert

April 27, 2019

I knew Tonya my whole life. She was a true, kind & gentle person and great friend. Yes, David & Tonya's love story was epic and the stuff others dream of. I pray for peace & acceptance for the family. We'll all be together again one day. Rest easy. ❤️

Molly McKay Wood

April 27, 2019

Prayers to the loving family of one of my very best school friends , we made fun times together. May God bring you peace in the days to come!!! Tonya was very special and very much loved. Go rest on high my friend!!! I will remember you always...Molly

Alvin Shields

April 27, 2019

David, I am so sorry for your loss. Tonya was a blessing to anyone she came in contact with. You guys were truly a made for TV love story. Thank you for letting me be part of your life and friend. Love you guys!!

Kathryn Lane

April 26, 2019

Tonya was a sweet, caring, wonderful lady. She always had a kind and encouraging word for other people. My prayers are with her family.

Gayle Victory

April 26, 2019

David ,I'm truly sorry for your loss! Tonya was a sweet women and she was there if anyone needed anything! She now lives in the light and love of our lord!
Sincerely, Gayle Victory

Wanda and Jerry Johnson

April 26, 2019

Tonya was such a joy and great neighbor! I remember Tonya and Our Lori and several other young teenagers learning to water ski! We all had a great time! May God fill the void and loneliness! For God is good! Love to all!

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