Joe A. Dodson, Sr.

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Joe, 91, went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2015. The son of Benjamin Davis and Ruby Lee (Austin) Dodson, Joe was born May 20, 1924, in Cordell, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Joe was a soda jerk at Taylor Drug and played the clarinet in the Cordell High School Band. He honorably served in the United States Army during World War II. Joe married the love of his life, Charlotte Day, on September 4, 1943. They were married for 71 years. Joe, Charlotte and his family successfully owned and operated Dodson’s Cafeterias and Dodson Art Gallery for nearly 50 years. Longtime members of the south Oklahoma City community, Joe was a true leader who was actively involved in the South YMCA and Oakcrest church of Christ. Joe served as president and on the board of various organizations including the National and Oklahoma Restaurant Associations and Oklahoma Christian University. Anyone who wanted a wonderful meal in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere knew that Joe would be serving coffee and playing
the organ at Dodson’s Cafeteria almost every day. We will always hold dear his strong commitment to his Lord, his love for family and his service to the community. He will be deeply missed but his legacy will continue on within his family and the lives of those he touched. He leaves cherished memories with his loving wife Charlotte; son Joe Dodson, Jr. and wife Dianne and their children Kathryn and husband Patrick Campbell; son David Dodson and wife Sue, their children Dacia and husband Mike Harris and their son Jack, Danae and husband Luke Waits; Shelley and husband Ross Sauter; son Benjamin Dodson and his children Nicholas and wife Sarah Dodson and their son Hayden, Lance and wife Danielle Dodson; son Charles Dodson and wife Diane and their children Chance and wife Julie; Chelsea and husband Casey
Denton. A Celebration of Life memorial service was held June 12, 2015, at Oakcrest church of Christ, 111 SW 89th Street. Friends may leave condolences for the family at: vondelsmithmortuary.com. Memorials may be made to Oklahoma Christian University.