WILSON — A celebration of life of Jerry Phillip Dodd, 65, of Celina, Texas, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church of Wilson with the Rev. Sherry Kendrick officiating. Interment will follow at the Hewitt Cemetery in Wilson. Services are under the direction and care of the Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Jerry was born October 5, 1947, to the late Jack Dodd and Alva "Valene" (Wilson) Dodd in Lindsey, Okla. With his loving family by his side, Jerry joined the Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Prosper, Texas.
Jerry graduated at Dewey High School in 1965 then went on to college at Central State in Edmond, Okla., graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1969. During his college years, Jerry married his best friend and high school sweetheart, Rose Vermillion in 1967. They were married for 47 years. During their marriage they lived in many cities and states. Jerry's career in the oilfield business gave him the opportunity to travel internationally. For many years, Jerry was an active member of the Masonic Lodge. Jerry and Rose have a daughter, Stephanie Celine (Dodd) Shelton. Both Jerry and Rose and their daughter currently reside in Celina, Texas.
Jerry never knew a stranger and everyone that knew him always said that he was a jokester. He was always teasing people and enjoyed a great laugh. Jerry was always ready to help anyone who had a need. Jerry was a kind hearted person in every way. Jerry's priority was his family. He loved his family dearly. Jerry loved spending time with his grandson, Jett, picking him up after school, or taking him to his Karate class or if they were just simply watching TV together. Jett and "Poppy" had lots of great times that Jett will forever cherish.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jack and Valene Dodd.
Survivors include his wife of the home, Rose Dodd; his daughter, Stephanie Dodd Shelton and her husband, Kevin Shelton of Celina, Texas; one brother, Jesse Dodd and wife, Donna of Wilson, Okla.; grandchildren, Jett and Addie; mother-in-law, Anna Vermillion of Dewey, Oklahoma; and a very special sister and brother, Gary and Patti Claxton of Wilson, Oklahoma, as well as, numerous family and friends.
Pallbearers include Bo Vermillion, Gary Claxton, Brett Claxton, Chicken Lynch, Matthew Dodd and Bruce Williams.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wilson Building Fund, P.O. Box 235, Wilson, OK 73463.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.