Clifford Edwin Dodson, 97, died peacefully at Longview Regional Hospital, Longview, TX on August 26, 2019. Clifford was born on August 4, 1922 in Ivanhoe, Fannin County, TX as one of eight children to the late Albert D. Dodson, and the late Christine Graves Dodson. Clifford attended Ivanhoe schools and in 1943 joined the U.S. Army participating in World War II in the Pacific Rim. Clifford was honorably discharged in 1946.
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In 1952 Clifford moved to Mineola TX and started Dodson Seat Covers which he owned and operated for almost 40 years. In 1967 Clifford married Kathryn Godwin of Mineola TX and was married to her at the time of his death.
Clifford was an active participant in community and church activities serving for over 50 years in the Mineola Lions Club, as well as being an active member for 65 years in the Masonic Lodge. Clifford faithfully served the Broadway Church of Christ and the Mineola Church of Christ until his death.
Clifford was preceded in death by parents; Albert D. Dodson and Christine Graves Dodson; brothers Dennis, Vertis, Tobe, Ward, Lloyd, and Stanley Dodson; sister Nadine Hopkins; son in law Skip Fletcher; stepson Jim Godwin, grandchild Rodney Harle Fletcher, and Flo Easely, mother of Clifford's children.
Clifford is survived by wife Kathryn Dodson; children Larry Dodson and wife Pam, Glenda Dodson Fletcher, and Chris Dodson Williams and husband Joe; stepsons Mark Godwin and wife Angie, Phil Godwin and wife Molly, and Roy Godwin; grandchildren Clint Dodson, Kristen Dodson Brewer, Aaron Fletcher, Amber Fletcher, Jason Williams, Ryan Williams, and Kacie Williams; nine great grandchildren,
one great- great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 29 at Beaty Funeral Home, Mineola with the funeral service at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 30 at Beaty Funeral Home. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery immediately following the service.