Eldridge William 'El' Dotson
- Born: 14 Feb 1908, Missouri
- Marriage (1): Zola Blanche Montgomery
- Marriage (2): Betty Lou Bowles
- Died: 2 Oct 1981, Pike Co., Missouri at age 73
- Buried: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion Co., Missouri
William Eldridge Dotson went by the nicknames El or Slim. He was a tall, thin man with reddish brown hair. El had many different occupations throughout his life. In 1930 he owned his own blacksmith shop in Kelso, Scotts Co. Mo. In 1933 he and his family lived in Cape Gerardeau, Mo. and he worked as a tug boat captian on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. In 1938 El was the owner, operater of a garage in Maxwell, Mo. While living in Maxwell, El managed a local baseball team. He also worked for a time at the Centralia Trucking Company in Centralia IL. In the early 1940's El worked for the United States government as a welding inspector in St. Louis Missouri. By 1947 El and his wife Zola had divorced and he and his second wife Betty Bowles were living in Neelyville, Missouri where he ran a sawmill near their home. In 1950 El and his family moved to Miami, Florida where he worked in general mantaince at Pan American Airlines.
The family moved back to Missouri in 1971, buying a home outside of Rolla Missouri. They moved to Frankford, Pike Co., Missouri in 1978. He was the Petecostal minister of a local church in Frankford for several years before his death in 1981. El is buried at the Mt. Olivet cemetery in Hannibal Missouri.
Eldridge married Zola Blanche Montgomery. (Zola Blanche Montgomery was born about 1908, died on 7 Jun 1990 and was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion Co., Missouri.)
Eldridge next married Betty Lou Bowles, daughter of Charles Lester Bowles and Edna Head. (Betty Lou Bowles was born on 26 Jul 1929, died on 8 Aug 1991 in Frankford, Pike Co., Missouri and was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion Co., Missouri.)