John Randall Dotson

Born on April 14, 1962

Departed on June 17, 2018

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John Randall Dotson (JD) age 56 passed away suddenly on June 17th 2018.
He was a resident of Dickson TN. He is survived by his father Johnnie Dotson (Dickson, TN) and his mother Karen Metzler (Oregon).
 His wife and best friend Kathy Dotson and his children Jeremy, Heather Cole(Dalton), Kim Ballew (Derek), Kristi (Bryson), Samantha Dorn (Travis) as well as many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren Remi, Ruger, Ayden, Braxton, Madison, Annabelle, Weston, Trevor, and Addilynn
He was an amazing husband, father, pawpaw and friend to all.
He was a long term employee of American Paper and Twine as a truck driver.
He enjoyed spending time outside, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his beloved family.
JD was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back. he would face problems head on even beating cancer.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018 at West Harpeth Funeral Home.
Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and on Friday from 12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. at West Harpeth.
He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Ride Free.

15 Comments to John Randall Dotson

  1. Rebecca Anderson
    June 18, 2018 6:21 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for your healing during this very difficult time.

    • Gregory
      June 21, 2018 11:43 am

      Yes, so sorry!

  2. Jason R. Spilker
    June 18, 2018 9:06 pm

    Where do I start. John was my big brother and my hero. My earliest memories together are running through the house to him teaching me how to tie my shoes. He was always there for me and had plenty of advice. He was the kindest big hearted person I ever knew. You’ll be sorely missed. Love you bro.

  3. Joseph Spilker
    June 19, 2018 4:36 am

    A Wonderful Son. Curly Blond Hair Big Smile. Had fun riding His Bike, got older and learned to drive and work on His cars, Helped me rebuild the engine on my truck. Gather Firewood, run a chainsaw. all around A great Son.I Know He will be Missed By all.

  4. Mary McCormick
    June 19, 2018 8:18 am

    Kathy, Nothing I say could say could ever comfort or ease the pain you and your family must be going through. All I can say is that we love you and you are in our hearts during this difficult time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Michel Large
    June 19, 2018 12:52 pm

    Kathy, I am praying for you through this difficult time. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  6. Star Dotson
    June 19, 2018 7:10 pm

    My brother, my friend, my hero. You have always been there for me, protecting me when I was young, fighting with me when I tried to stand up to you, yeah, you always won. Wherever you moved, I followed, because I did not want to be parted from you. You were an awesome uncle to my boys and were always the go to on BBQ weekends. What fun we have had and I am thankful I have so many memories to cherish. Love you always!

  7. Jeffrey Eisenhower
    June 19, 2018 9:59 pm

    In such a short time, he became a true friend and confidant. I will miss you, my friend. Ride on, John, ride on….

  8. Heather Cole
    June 20, 2018 12:47 am

    Daddy, my absolute everything. Being split from you at a young age did not separate the bond we had acquired. It grew even stronger over time. Through life’s ups and downs and every move, we still made part in each others paths. You taught me how to ride my bike and how to clean my “ trash can “ bedroom and car. You use to make me work for everything I wanted even at the age of 1. I remember you getting so upset I ate all the cream from the Oreos and stuck them back in the cabinet during your mid night snack. I will never forget the last conversation we had.
    I am planning to get a teddy bear made of all my relatives. Dad mom grandparents on both sides. The day before he left us he told me he would give me a dirty sock ( jokingly ). He always had the jokes and new how to brighten every room he entered.

    I love you so much daddy.

  9. Juene Palmer
    June 20, 2018 2:46 am

    Prayers going up for peace and healing.
    It’s so hard to believe your time here is up
    I guess you are where you should be
    flying like an eagle or riding your way to the heavens
    John, as a father, you made a positive impact on the children lives
    growing up. We are blessed with many great memories too.
    What a terrific person and beautiful friend
    I’m going to miss our lil chats from time to time
    We all love you, John, you will be missed by all.

  10. David Bolt
    June 20, 2018 10:44 pm

    I remember him as an infant and toddler. The first time I met him he was on a few days old. Karen handed him to me
    (it was the first time I held an infant) and he immediately peed in my shirt pocket. I saw saw him off and on over the years but now I realize not often enough. The last spent time with him when my mother passed, it was good having him there. To me he will be the toddler I remember from so long ago.

    Uncle Dave Bolt

  11. PS
    June 25, 2018 3:22 am

    John 5:28,29” Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice+ 29 and come out,”

  12. Yolanda
    June 25, 2018 9:20 am

    My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one John. When we lose a loved one, we are left with immense sadness. To help ease our sorrow, our Heavenly Father has given us promises in His word the Bible that provide comfort and hope. One promise is in Revelation 21:4 which says “death will be no more” and another promise is in Acts 24:15 which says “there is going to be a resurrection”. When these promises are fulfilled, we have the hope of never being separated from our loved ones again. Titus 1:2 says that God “cannot lie” so we know this will happen. Other heartwarming promises can be found on

  13. Diann
    June 27, 2018 1:00 am

    I have known you since you were 21. We both became first time parents together with our firstborn son, Jeremy. I cannot begin to describe how devasted I was when I heard that you had been called to go home. I have always had a big place in my heart for you. I will miss hearing from you. It was always great to hear your voice when I called you or when you would finally get the time to call me. We had a very mature and completely comfortable friendship. You were One of my Oldest & Truest Friends & My Music & My Latest Joke Buddy, John. We understood and appreciated one another. Jeremy & I will miss your voice, Jeremy & I will miss you. But I KNOW that ALL of us, Your Family & Mine….we will be together again….just in a much better place. Until We Meet Again……

  14. Diann
    June 27, 2018 1:07 am

    To Kathy, Heather, Jason, Star, and the rest of your family…..You are all in My Prayers. I send my deepest sympathies to all of you.

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