MaryEtta Gross Dotson
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MaryEtta Gross Dotson, 85, a lifelong resident of Benton, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was of a member of First Baptist Church of Benton.

She enjoyed many sports including basketball, softball and camping and hiking as a girl scout leader. She participated in Senior Olympics and was instrumental in starting The Ramp Tramp.

She was a lifetime member of the Alamande Hall, because of her clogging expertise and taught this to many students. She was a member of Benton/Ocoee/ Ducktown chapters of the Eastern Star for 67 years and was an 11-time worthy matron. She also played basketball for Tennessee Wesleyan Collage.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: Clifford Dotson, Lans McKenzie Gross and Lloyd Rogers Jr.; and siblings: Parks B. Baker, James N. Baker and Ruth Gaddis.

She is survived by her children: Margaret G. Whaley and husband, Mark, of Ocoee and Alton D. Rogers and wife, Barbara, of Cleveland; six grandchildren: Alton Rogers Jr. of Beckley, W. Va., Mark E. Rogers of Benton, Emily Rogers, of Cleveland, Tara Miller of Cleveland, Lauren Whaley of Ocoee and Kristen Whaley of Ocoee; six great-grandchildren; two sisters: Joy Lou White of Hillsboro, N.C, and Helen Baker of Severn, Md.; special friends: J.P. Moorhouse and Beverly Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Firestone officiating.

Interment will follow in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with Mark Whaley, Mark Rogers, Tim McAbee, Tracy McAbee, John Waters, and Ralph Lillard serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Dotson family guestbook at