Thomas Wayne “Doc” Dotson

October 23, 1957 ‒ July 16, 2020

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Thomas Wayne “Doc” Dotson, 62, of Butler, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Due to his father’s military career, Tom was born October 23, 1957 in Okinawa, Japan.  Just a few years later, his family relocated back to the U.S.

Raised in a musical family, from a young age, Tom was surrounded by music.  A self-taught guitarist, he was unashamed to turn up the volume when practicing.  He played Bass and acoustic guitars and sang backup.  Tom was a member of the band Marshall Law (consisting of close family).  Recently he played for Never Surrender.  Tom was a devoted husband, dad, grandpa, and brother.  He introduced his daughters to rock and country music.

Tom owned and managed Docs Computer Systems located in Mansfield.

On February 13, 1980 he married Sonia Dailey.

Tom loved the outdoors, either golfing, fishing or hunting.  With the help of his family, Tom enjoyed and tended to his raised gardens each year.

He was a jokester who had a quick wit.  Tom never complained especially within the past year, while battling cancer.

He is survived by his wife Sonia Dotson of Butler; daughters Cody Dotson, Thomasina Dotson, Jennifer Johnson (Harvey Robinson), and Lindsey Flynn; grandchildren Whitney Cooley, Breven Barnett, Montel Dixon, Nevaeh Stockdale, Vaughan Miller; great grandchildren Harper and Leonidas Scarborough, and Ariella Camp; siblings Barbara (Leroy) Huvler, Donna (Harry) Mowry, Debbie (Frank) Waltz, Edward Dotson (Carolyn Slattery), Sonny Dotson, Sr. (Debbie Gallik).

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward LynnDotson and Gladys Johnson Dotson Deel and a  sister Thelma Jane Dotson.

Public visitation will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 4-7pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Bunkerhill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to assist Tom’s family with funeral expenses (please make checks payable to: Snyder Funeral Homes).

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  • Tommy was a great guy, I’m very sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in my prayers.

  • So sorry to the family for their loss of Thomas Wayne he was a very wonderful kind man

  • My heart goes out the the brothers and sisters, Sonia, Thomasina and Cody. I have many fond memories of brother Tom stopping in at our house on Traxler St. I am just so sorry for everyone. We lost a good one!

  • I always liked Tom we were in several classes together through high school, he was always fun to be around. Sending my sympathy to his family.

  • So sorry for your loss. What a great man. He will be missed by all. Proud to have know him. Great musician, the music world loss a great one.

  • Sorry for all the Dotson family loss. Tom was always nice and pleasant to talk to.
    Toni and Rick

  • Tom will be so missed. But jason and I are glad he is not suffering anymore. Cricket is in good hands and will miss you. I will remember the talks we had about what you were going through when you first found out. Sorry we couldn’t take it away for you. We love you. Prayers and love for you Sonia and the girls we are here for you always. God Bless! Rest in peace Tom!

  • I’m so sorry to read of Thomas’s passing. The Dotson family were our neighbors in the ’70s and we attended school together. It’s been around 40 years since I last saw Thomas. 40 years.. I spent the Blizzard of ’78 with Thomas and Sonny in some basement apartment off Bangorville Rd. playing cards and cooking a can of soup over a candle until we were rescued a couple days later. I lived with them briefly on Bell St. until the constant band practice drove me out.. lol You’re right – he wasn’t afraid to turn up the volume! And it certainly paid off, didn’t it? I remember Thomas as someone who was playful and always had an opinion and someone who was always willing to help out with working on a vehicle or whatever needed to be done. My deepest condolences to Sonny, Ed and the rest of the Dotson and Marshall Law family.