David Talbert Dotson, 93, of Winona, Miss., passed away quietly in the VA Medical Center in Jackson on July 21, after a brief illness. Mr. Dotson was a prominent
businessman who retired when he sold his GMC dealership in 1993, which he had
owned since 1946, although he remained active in the car business through his
friends until the end. He played football and ran track at Mississippi College and was
later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also an avid horseman who trained
some of the best cutting horses in the country; and at one time was ranked among the
top trainers in the world.
Mr. Dotson was a United States Marine Corps Captain who served as a rifle company
commander in some of the most difficult island assaults and beach landings in the
Pacific Theater during World War II, including the first wave in the assault on the
beaches at Okinawa. He was proud of his service to his country and was able to visit
the WWII Memorial several years ago with the help of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor
Mr. Dotson was married to Eileen Crocker Dotson of Bruce for 51 years until she
passed away in 1993. He was later married Betty Jo Dotson who died in 2011. Mr.
Dotson has four children, David T. Dotson, Jr. of Memphis, TN, Diane (Bob) Mims,
Kathy Dotson and Debbie (Arliss) Swindoll of Oxford, MS. He has four grandchildren,
Amanda Dotson, Lt Cmdr David (Teri) Mims, Meg Swindoll (Chris) Cochran and Will
Swindoll and one great grandchild, Hadley Clare Mims.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11am Monday, July 28 at First Presbyterian Church in
Winona. The family will receive visitors from 9-11am Monday at the church with a
graveside service and military honors at Oakwood Cemetery following the church
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of David
Talbert Dotson to either the Veterans Home in Kosciusko, MS, (310 Autumn Ridge Rd.
39090) or The First Presbyterian Church, Winona, MS (302 Summit St, 38967).