James "Bulldog"'s Story
James E. "Bulldog" Dodson, 89, formerly of New Vernon Township, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in St. Paul's after a period of failing health.
A son of Matthew E. and Margaret R. Fuller Dodson, he was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Medina, Ohio.
A graduate of the National Radio School, Cleveland, in early years Jim was in the television repair business. Then for many years he owned and operated Colorado Trails, a guest ranch, in Durango, Colo. He later owned and operated J. E. Dodson Trucking in Stoneboro and drove tour bus for Anderson Coach and Travel for several years, retiring in 1980. After that, he worked for Adesa Auto Auction, Jackson Center.
He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran.
He was a member of Oak Grove Church, Mercer.
Jim was proud to be a Christian and was a part of the Transport for Christ ministry for over-the-road truckers in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Along with his wife Twila, he helped start two churches - Kirtland (Ohio) Bible Baptist Church and Perry Baptist Church, Hadley.
He also had a love for horses and enjoyed sailing and spending time on the water. He also enjoyed motorcycles.
His wife, the former Twila A. Fox, whom he married Jan. 15, 1955, survives in Greenville. Also surviving are: three children, Donna L. (Scott) Boyd, Stoneboro; Eric G. (Rhonda) Dodson, Xenia, Ohio; and Bryan E. Dodson, Stoneboro; six grandchildren, Jessica (Don) Buczek; Justin (Jenna) Dodson, currently serving as a missionary in France; Drew Dodson, Decatur, Ill.; Whitney (Justin) Rutherford, Harrisburg; Rachel (Michael) Freenock, State College, Pa.; and Rebecca Herrin, Columbus, Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores (Robert) Worley, Lititz, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Emma Dodson, Greenville; and a brother, Kenneth (Joan) Dodson, Stoneboro.
In addition to his parents, a son-in-law Wayne Herrin and three brothers, Matthew, Donald and Richard Dodson, preceded him in death.
Memorials in Jim's name may be made to St. Paul's, 339 E. Jamestown Road, Greenville, PA 16125.
James E. "Bulldog," 89, formerly of New Vernon Township,
Visitation: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (9-6-17) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Thursday (9-7-17) in the funeral home with Rev. Randy L. Ritchey, pastor of Oak Grove Church, officiating.
Interment: With military honors in Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.
Published on September 3, 2017