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The rarest gentleman

January 14, 2012
The Inter-Mountain


To all the wonderful citizens of the state of West Virginia, this retirement "epitaph" sent last week to all Division of Highway employees was written as a tribute to one of our most recognized native sons, Daniel Boyd Dotson Jr.

Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, will be the end of an era in state government, an era that was kinder and more caring, with gentlemanliness and professionalism the watchwords of the day. A time when men of state government arose in the morning to don their tie and coat and set out to assist the people of the great state of West Virginia.

Friday we will be saying adieu to Daniel Boyd Dotson who, heartbreakingly, could very well be the last of this species in the service of his fellow West Virginians. We will miss seeing him and hearing "good morning honey" or "hello sweetheart" to greet our day. We will miss his descriptive words and phrases. We will miss joyfulness and sense of humor. We will miss his sharp mind and memories of times past. But, most of all we will miss his kindness, his caring, his gentlemanliness and his professionalism of a bygone era.

These words perfectly convey the essence of our friend, Boyd Dotson, who spent his youth at Webster Springs High School, lettering in football and basketball, and earning an athletic scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. There he stared in football, basketball and track, once holding school records in punting and the shot-put. The crown jewel of his legendary athletic career was being one of only nine persons honored as charter members of the West Virginia Wesleyan Hall of Fame. His selection was from the very best athletes and coaches comprising the first 100 years of all intercollegiate sports teams donning Wesleyan's orange and black.

Through the years he has served as city councilman, county commissioner, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and on the state Democratic Executive Committee and its board of appeals, while wearing the hat of editor and owner of the Webster Echo. He will forever be remembered, donning the bidding of his constituents and fellow citizens, carrying himself as an impeccably dressed man of respect in state government.

Boyd is now leaving the Division of Highways and the hallowed halls of the state capitol, but I feel he will never take leave of helping the citizens of the state of West Virginia in a way that only a very few have been able to do throughout the years with his kindness, his caring, his gentlemanliness and his professionalism of a bygone era.

Bernard Ferrell II

special assistant to the commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Highways



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