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Sharon Kaye (Dotson) Meyer, age 67

Sharon Kaye (Dotson) Meyer, 67, of Russellville, Arkansas passed away peacefully on Friday, September 29, 2023 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sharon was born in Russellville, Arkansas on April 26, 1956. She grew up in Dover, Arkansas where she graduated high school.

While Sharon was an only child, she grew up in a big family! Her mom, Melba Christene (Ingram) Dotson, was one of 11 and her dad, James Carl Dotson, was one of 9. Many of Sharon’s cousins and aunts/uncles were close in age with her, and they grew up together more like siblings. There are too many to name in the family we are thankful to call ours, but we want to mention a very special few; Ronnie, Jenny, and Brenda Dotson, Peggy Caldwell, Linda Ward, Glenn and Danny Ingram.

Sharon also had many friends that she considered family – Pam Barton, Willene Lusk, and Lou Vitale to name a few. She was easy to love and people gravitated to her. She was warm, welcoming and would do anything to help someone. She loved to spoil people! Anyone really, but no one more than her two children, James David “JD” Perkins and Kaleigh Cristine (Perkins) Marsh.

Sharon married the love her life, the late Dr. Kelly “Doc” Hugh Meyer, on July 13, 1994. They enjoyed entertaining friends and family in their home and out on the deck. Sharon was a fabulous cook! The house served as a landing pad for their children and all their friends. Everyone was always welcome at Sharon and Doc’s. Sharon and Doc also loved to travel! Jamaica was their favorite place! An engagement, vow renewal, and many family vacations provided for a lifetime of memories.

Sharon had many passions. She enjoyed gardening and would spend hours working in her flowerbeds. She loved “antiquing” of any sort. She would collect just about anything; dolls, hats, salt & pepper shakers, dishes – she would give the kids a quarter for every piece of Desert Rose they could find in a flea market! She also loved a good margarita and a cigarette. Sharon was probably an animal lover most of all. She loved all animals, but dogs held the most special place in her heart. There were times when she had two dogs and times when she had 10. She was always coming home with something new! The most loved, of course, was Gatsby. He was king of the castle and mean as a snake!

Sharon loved Russellville and especially the beautiful home that she shared with Doc; filled with memories, love…, and antiques!  However, Doc passed in 2010, and as her physical health declined, Sharon decided to move to Little Rock in 2017 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Kaleigh and Stuart, and her new favorite people; her grandchildren, Grady and Wren. Having her close the last 7 years was the greatest blessing. She enjoyed frequent visits with her kids and grandchildren, spending treasured time together. The family would like to give a special thanks to House of Three, who lovingly and compassionately cared for Sharon the last year and a half.

Sharon is survived by her two children, JD Perkins and Kaleigh Marsh (Stuart); two grandchildren, Grady Marsh and Wren Marsh; “sister in law” Virginia Dotson, stepmother Clara Dotson; and many more beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her father James Carl Dotson, mother Melba Christene “Tene” Dotson, “brother” Ronald Eugene Dotson, husband Dr. Kelly Hugh Meyer, grandparents and several close aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sharon chose to be cremated, and her ashes were interned at North New Hope Cemetery with a small family gathering. Sharon’s family will be hosting a celebration of life at Russellville Country Club on Friday, December 1st from 5-7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to share a contribution to the Pope County Humane Society or the North New Hope Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at

1 Comment

  • Pam Barton Posted October 30, 2023 4:37 PM

    Sharon was my best friend for 50 + years you can only imagine the trouble we got into in our younger years . We shared so much love and memories. i will miss you dearly my friend but, i am so happy your at peace and in no pain.

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