Remembering the life of John L. Dodds

April 23, 2020

John L. Dodds was born on April 3, 1931 to Houston Dodds and Elizabeth Dodds in Monticello, Arkansas. He was the first of two children born to their union. John L. received his formal education from the Monticello Public School System in Arkansas.

John L. was always affiliated with the Baptist faith. He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s and became a member of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, now known as Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

John L. was a determined individual with a strong work ethic, which is reflected in the 28 years he committed to Telsmith Company and 13 years at Miller Compressing Company. He enjoyed going to work every day and spending quality time with his family and friends. He loved driving to Dermott, Arkansas so much that people thought he never left. He enjoyed attending reunions and the Dermott Crawfish Festival. John L. liked to frequent the horse and dog tracks. He was also a gifted auto mechanic. He loved life, having fun and helping others.On April 9, 2020, the Lord had another road trip for John L. to travel, and it was his transition from life. He shared countless stories of road trips to Arkansas. A lot of us experienced the trips with him, but this was a special journey between him and the Lord. Now he will go on his journey with the best travel guide.

John L. Dodds leaves to cherish: his loving wife, Jamie Taylor-Dodds; five children, Cornell Dodds of Houston, TX, Wardell Dodds, Remond Dodds of Killeen, TX, and Heidi Allison; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Eddie Marie Littlefield of San Leandro, CA; and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Houston and Elizabeth Dodds; one son, Willie Thompson; one grandchild, one great-grandchild and one nephew.

John L. lived a long and fruitful life and was loved by his family and friends. Thank you, Dad, for being such a great father, for teaching us, loving us, and giving us so much of yourself. We love you always, your family.

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