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Living Tribute to Henry Travis Dotson
Born: September 12, 1903
Died: March 25, 1996
A farm in New Summerfield, Texas was the home of Henry Travis Dotson, born September 12, 1903, the son of Henry Westbrook Dotson and Kitty Belle Dalby. Travis Dotson was one of ten children, six boys and four girls who helped to maintain the family farm. The depressed economy did not deter the Dotson family, as many of them studied to conclude college degrees, becoming teachers and coaches.

Travis Dotson was working with a feed company when given an opportunity to join the Railway Express Agency in Jacksonville, Texas. There he met and married Novie E. Oaks, September 12, 1924. Their children, James Henry Dotson and Evelyn Marie Dotson were born in Jacksonville. Later Mr. Dotson relocated with the Railway Express Agency to San Marcos, Texas where the Dotson son and daughter enrolled and received degrees from Southwest Texas State University. Evelyn Dotson, a Special Education teacher and James Dotson became associated with Tennessee Gas Transmission Company in Houston, Texas. In ensuing years, James Dotson became President of Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Homes.

Travis Dotson returned to Jacksonville in 1962 in preparation for retirement from the Railway Express Agency. The cattle business had been a lifetime interest for Travis and White Faced Herefords offered an opportunity to become a rancher. The following years found Mr. Dotson with horses, cattle and an urgent need to help his brothers with their herds and hay. Travis was a member of the Jacksonville Riders Club, participating in many rodeos and in preparations for rodeo parades.

As a young father, Travis Dotson coached young baseball and basketball teams in the area and organized a winning adult, independent, basketball team in Jacksonville. As a father, brother and friend, Travis Dotson gave of himself. In declining years, Travis taught himself to cane chairs and other furnishings, becoming an expert often in demand. A member of the Church of Christ, Henry Travis Dotson laid down his work on March 25, 1996 at the age of ninety two years, and rests in Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

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