Harmon Funeral Home

571 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY



March 19, 1943May 3, 2020

Oscar Conrad Dotson, 77, of Staten Island, New York died Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Richmond County. Born on March 19, 1943 to Oscar Smarr and Fannie Dotson (née Foster) of Staten Island, New York, Oscar was an intelligent and precocious child, affectionately known as “Joe” owing to his love of Joe Louis, world heavyweight champion. Joe attended NYC public schools culminating in his graduation from Curtis High School. After graduation, Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Aircraft Communications Systems Technician with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. Joe served his country in Vietnam then transferred to the Marine Corps Reserves, for a year, following his return stateside in 1966. Instilled with a commitment to education, upward mobility, and self-agency, learned from his parents, Joe continued his education in Business Management coursework at South Side Virginia Community College. Joe stressed the importance of higher education to his children and extended family. He retired from a career in sales management.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, brothers James Robert Dotson (Iris) and Samuel Judson Dotson (Joan), sisters Bertha Williams (Walter) and Pencie Eleanor Dotson. Joe is survived by three sisters, Mary Wilson (Frank), Sarah Elaine King (Ben), and Euzlia Harvell (Morgan). He leaves to cherish his memory three children, Dr. Delores Dotson, Lashana Dotson and Maurice Dotson, three grandchildren Te’Ana Dotson-Massenburg, Kaden Johnson and Ariana Dotson as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, great-nieces and -nephews, fellow veterans, and friends. Beloved father, PopPop, brother, uncle and friend, Oscar (Joe) will be interred in honor of his proud military service at Calverton National Cemetery in Wading River, New York.


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