Claude "CJ" Dotson, 87

Claude Junior "CJ" Dotson, 87, of Wabash, Ind., died at 6:25 am, Friday, July 14, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born March 5, 1930, in St. Charles, Va., to Claude and Lela (Warwick) Dotson.

CJ married Gertrude "Gertie" Delois Mullens in Welch, W.Va., on December 9, 1953. She died Dec. 4, 2008.

He worked as a coal miner prior to coming to Indiana. Once in Indiana, he worked as a foreman at United Technologies of North Manchester, Ind. until his retirement in 1988. He attended Christian Heritage Church.

He loved his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. His passion was music. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing.  He also enjoyed watching old westerns and going to Walmart.

He is survived by his two children Rick (Ruby) Dotson of Lowell, Ind., and Tammy (Rick) Slone of Wabash; five grandchildren Rickey (Britney) Slone, Jr., Amy Slone, and Travis Slone, all of Wabash, Rickey (Anna) Dotson, Jr. and Brianne (Kip) Hamm, both of Lowell; seven great-grandchildren Jaymes Slone, Kayden Kelly, Skyler Slone and Serenity McDermit, all of Wabash, and Caleb Hamm, Seth Hamm, and Maya Dotson, all of Lowell; his three sisters, Shirley Franklin of Logansport, Ind., Margie (Johnny) Profitt of Blountsville, Tenn., and Loretta Isom of Fla.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter Carla Dotson, two brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating.

Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for CJ may be signed at

Posted on 2017 Jul 17