Charlie Dotson - WB8NSL Memorial

posted 8/28/21

This information was sent out on 8/26/21

Hello IOOK!

One one our IOOK Vice Presidents has passed away.

It is Charlie Dotson - WB8NSL.

He passed away after a lengthy illness yesterday morning (8/25/21).

I have learned that he will have a private service tomorrow (8/27/21)
evening at 7PM. 

I have attached a picture of Charlie from when he was giving me the IOOK
salute when I arrived at his place for Field Day back in 2010.

I have known Charlie since the mid 70's and we have been good friends
since then!

I will miss him greatly!

God Bless You Charlie! May you rest in peace!





Charles Robert Dotson


Charles Robert Dotson, 76, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV, following an extended illness.

Charlie was born Dec. 9, 1944, in Wichita Falls, TX, son of the late Leonard Everett and Virginia Marie (Amos) Dotson. He was a proud graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University in 1967. Thereafter, Charlie began his 35 year career with Cabot Corporation of Waverly, WV, where he served as a lab tech until his retirement in 2003. Charlie was a lifelong, avid learner, who opted to further his studies during his working career, eventually culminating in an Associates of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Parkersburg Community College in 1989.

Charlie was very active in the community. He was a 50 year member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ. Additionally, he was a member of the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years where he served in a variety of roles including President. He was a member of the Ritchie County Historical Society and loved giving tours of the Old Stone House and the Pennsboro Train Depot. Charlie greatly enjoyed amateur radio. He earned his radio license in 1974, and his call sign was “WB8NSL.” He was a longtime member of the Ritchie County Amateur Radio Group. Charlie liked flying model airplanes and was a member of the Wing Nutz Model Airplane Club. He also enjoyed model trains, jazz music and attending shows at the Ohio Valley Opry in McConnelsville, OH. Charlie also had a passion for and was a scholar of mathematics.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Pamela K. (Doak) Dotson; daughter, Marsha Dotson of Belle Vernon, PA; son, Ryan Dotson and wife Christa of Bridgeport, WV; granddaughter, Emma Dotson of Bridgeport, WV; niece, Jennifer Walters McCullough (Brian) of Ellenboro, WV; great nieces, Celeste Walsh, Abigail Walsh, and Morgan McCullough, along with his special friends, Don Bowyer of Harrisville, WV; Rodney and Karen Jones of Harrisville, WV; Kenny and Linda Williamson of Pennsboro, WV, and his cats – Slick and Buddy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Denise Walters and his special cats, Jack and Lily.

Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home in Pennsboro, WV assisted the family with the arrangements.

The family requests that donations in Charlie’s memory be made to the Ritchie County Historical Society, 310 Myles Ave, Pennsboro, WV, 26415 or to the Doddridge County Ambulance Authority, 101 Church Street, Suite 202, West Union, WV, 26456.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at


Here are some comments from some of the IOOK that knew Charlie...


I first crossed paths with him, when he would park his camper at my uncle's (WB8OOE) house in the 1970s for HamVention and of course the IOOK Gathering.  Sorry to hear he had a long illness and has become a SK.

Jim Bacher, WB8VSU


Here is a picture of Charlie from the 2010 IOOK Field Day in  West Virginia...


Many good memories . Charlie will be greatly missed, but always remembered.

Prayers to the family.

Ed Rifenbark , W8ED


Don - KE8NK and Charlie - WB8NSL from when they arrived at our cottage in Michigan back in August of 2017.


Truly sad news. What a great person. I think the world of Charlie. RIP

Dave - K3CRF


Charlie and Don at The Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan!


God bless you Charlie.  I always looked forward to talking with you and walking around the flea market with Charlie.  Keith, do you remember the time I drove over to eastern Oklahoma to meet you and Charlie for lunch when you guys were returning from Yuma?

Jim Shideler, W5JCS



My start with ham radio was mutually with a co-worker & friend but through the years Chuck (as well as Charlie Platt) became my Elmer.  He had wanted a ride someday in my Porsche with the top down, but our schedules never meshed, I was always busy, and the rare event I wasn't,  he was, or didn't feel well.  I was thinking last Friday as I drove home that I really needed to stop and see him.  I knew he wasn't doing well, but didn't know he was in the hospital. 

Brenda caught the publication of his obituary online just as we were on the net tonight - I was able to paraphrase his very long obituary on the net, and we observed a moment of silence in his memory.

My fondest ham radio memories were created during Field Day weekends at (his father) Everett's farm. It's been many years since we operated there, and miss it still.

What a man....

John, WS8C


Here's a picture of the Field Day gang at Charlie's dad's place from 1982!



Sad news indeed.  Charlie was a great guy that would do most anything for you.  I will miss his interesting stories and humor.

Prayers for the family

Rest in peace Charlie.  John - N5AAA


Don and Charlie at the 2019 HamVention!


Charlie always could make you laugh with a good joke and lots of bad ones too.

One of his favorites was " This is the most fun you can have with your pants on"

Rest in peace ol buddy.

73 Lou N8KXM 


Charlie and Don as they get ready to leave the HamVention flea market in 2019...


Yes Keith, sad news indeed!   We remember Charlie.  I read his obit. Hugs!!

Dottie - KD8BXK


2019 HamVention Gathering Of The Faithful!



Very sorry to hear about Charlie.  Prayers for his family.  

John, W9KD


Charlie and Don as they prepared to head home after a great visit up in Michigan in 2017!


I really miss our Sunday morning CW nets that we have done since the mid 70's!

Please Rest In Peace Charlie!

73, Keith - WA8ZWJ