James Chesley Dodson, Jr.


James Chesley Dodson, Jr., 87 of Waco passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015.

Memorial Service: James’ family will have a private family memorial; it was his wish to further medical study by having his body donated to Life Legacy Foundation.

James was born in Fox, Oklahoma on October 17, 1928 to the late Chesley, Sr. and Lola McCurly Dodson. Raised in the Duncan, Oklahoma area, graduating from Duncan High School in 1946, he went on to achieve his Master’s degree in history from Utah State University. James served his country in the United States Army for over 20 years, retiring in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel. James married the love of his life, Mary Sue Hutchinson; together they spent over 30 years in the Waco area. After retiring from the US Army, James went to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the training department in Gatesville, Texas. Through the years, James and Mary Sue enjoyed traveling all over the United States in their motor home. James also enjoyed a good day of fishing at Goose Island. James is preceded in death by his parents, James and Lola Dodson, Sr.; his wife, Mary Sue Dodson; sister, Margaret Rogers; son-in-law, James E. Dulin; granddaughter, Kari Baker; and great granddaughter, Kassidy Baker.

James leaves behind his 5 children, Linda Dulin, Ted Dodson, Nancy Lanham and her husband Chris, Kay Bailey and her husband Keith, and Jennifer Biles and her husband Steve; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Dale Dodson, Charles Dodson and his wife Gayle, and Kenneth Dodson and his wife Pat; along with a host of other loving family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kari Dulin Baker Memorial Scholarship fund at McLennan Community College in memory of James Dodson. http://www.mclennan.edu/foundation/

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

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  1. Eugene & Janis Dyer

    We are saddened to hear of the loss of “Jim.” We became friends when he and Mary Sue attended Live Oak Baptist Church. We will always remember his example of the Godly man he was.
    Remembering you all in our prayers.
    Eugene & Janis Dyer

  2. Janey Hensley Lee

    Such a void that will be in our hearts, but oh, what wonderful memories we will always cherish. Uncle James was such a good man and loved his family beyond imagination. Our lives have been blessed by his presence. I love you and will miss you, Uncle James!

    May God wrap his arms around our family and give us strength,

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