Allen Dodds, Jr., son of Allen Dodds Sr. and Elsie Alice (Spruill) Dodds, was born on July 31, 1944 near Phoebe, Mississippi, and departed this life on June 18, 2010 at his home in Norwood, Missouri, following a short illness at the age of 65 years, 10 months and 13 days of age.
On June 25, 1969, he was united in marriage to Patsy Ruth, and three sons were born to this union. Later in life, on May 14, 2006, he was united in marriage to a second wife, Helen (Susie Gray) Dodds, and he added four daughters and another son to his family.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Preston Dodds, and a grandchild, Nicholas Morgan Dodds.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Dodds of their home; four sons, John Richards Dodds and his significant other, Connie Baker, Douglas Allen Dodds and wife Sara, and Steven Moreland Dodds and wife Cindy, all of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and John Michael Gray of Springfield, Missouri; four daughters, Carolyn Jones Lineberger and husband Heath, of Granite Falls, North Carolina, and Amy Marie Norwood and husband Al, Jenny Lynn Gray, and Suntina Heard, and her significant other, Shon Bates, all of Norwood; 21 grandchildren, Robbie, Shawn “Rick,” Dylann, MiaKayla, Scott “Scooter,” Joseph, Alex, Nick, Austin, Alyssa, Ariana “Nonna,” Dustin, Jeffrey, Ashiley, Tamela, Ashley-Dawn, Melanie, Jessica, Alexis, Charity “Chatterbox,” and Kevin; one great-grandchild, Kaiydence; three brothers, Herman, Douglas, and William; two sisters, Martha and Alice; his ex-wife, Patsy Ruth; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, as well as several other relatives and friends.
His life was fit for Cabool Transport, as he drove 18-wheelers since 1964 for the military and in his civilian life. He served his country in the United States Army from November 1963 to November 1973. He served in Vietnam in November of 1970.
He was well known in the community as a bingo player and he loved to sit at the Sunny Side Café and drink coffee and socialize with his many friends and relatives.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Corinth Baptist Church in Macomb, Missouri, with Rev. Allen Pritchard officiating. The Corinth Church Singers, accompanied by Colleen Stofer, sang “Amazing Grace,” and In The Garden.” “The Truck Driver’s Prayer” was also played. Pallbearers were John Michael Gray, Jim Sweet, Joe Kelley, Chuck Morgan, Pete Proctor, Terry Prock, Ed Hawley, and Shannon Whilaus. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery north of Seymour, Missouri, with full military honors under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.