Johnie “Bubba” Dodd

Johnie Dodd, 81, a native of Waco, lovingly known to most as “Bubba”, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, Friday, September 8, 2017.

Visitation: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco.

Celebration of Life 11:00AM, Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco.

Burial: Waco Memorial Park in Robinson. Honoring Bubba as pallbearers will be, Chris Dodd, Justin Dodd, Johnie Dodd, Weston Dodd, Dustin Findley, Cody Dollins, Johnie Holland, and Scott Holland.

Johnie was born, July 10, 1936 to the late Johnie Louis and Mary Ella Lansford Dodd. Bubba spent his entire life in the Waco area, enriching the lives of everyone he encountered. His giving spirit and generous heart could be seen and felt by everyone, whether it he was buying carnival tickets for a group of children or giving of his own prize possessions to a guest of his home.

Bubba’s family owned and operated a local wrecking yard, “Johnie’s Auto Parts” from the early 1930’s, until choosing to sell the business in 1984. As well the Dodd family ran a local dairy farm. On more than one occasion, Bubba would take the children of the farm workers and purchase them all new shoes. He was always caring for others. In the early 1970’s, Bubba began serving papers for the McLennan County Constables office. He went on to work as a Chief Deputy Constable for McLennan County for over 19 years. Bubba was truly a “jack of all trades”, but buying and selling was one of his favorites.

Bubba met the love of his life, Velma Lee Wade, when she was only 15 and he was 19. He fell in love with her penmanship in love letters, and when she became best friends with his sister, he knew he needed to make her is wife. Velma Lee and Bubba were married August 27, 1955. Together they worked the farm and the wrecking yard and raised their family. Bubba took care of her every need, even building her a house just a year after they were married. He was a part in securing the note which allowed the construction of, “Harvest House of Prayer” here in Waco.

Bubba enjoyed watching NASCAR. With his charismatic way, he enjoyed performing as a rodeo clown with his friend Bobby Turner, together they kept the cowboy’s safe. Bubba enjoyed a good game of poker with friends. He was a master storyteller; his children and grandchildren could sit with him for hours listening to him tell stories of his life. Bubba had a charming sense of humor and but brought joy to everyone’s life. Bubba would tell you that he gained great knowledge from the many hours he spent watching, “Judge Judy”. Even to his latest time in the hospital he was asking for her show to be turned on the TV. Bubba was made a “Honorary Cajun” by his friends in Louisiana, because of his flair for Cajun food and heritage. His handy work, from bird houses to woodworking projects will be cherished by his friends and family for years to come.

Bubba was preceded in death by his parents, Johnie Louis and Mary Ella Dodd; siblings, Louis Alton Dodd and Barbara Jean Holland; grandson, Jon Cody McMahan; and brother-in-law, Dan Holland.

Bubba leaves behind to cherish his memory and continue his legacy of caring for others, his loving wife of 62 years, Velma Lee Dodd; children, Johnie Dodd, Charlotte Ann Dodd Wallace and husband Glynn, and Velvett Lynn Dodd Dollins and husband Craig; grandchildren, Justin Dodd and wife Tanya, Johnie Dodd and wife Karen, Deanna “Deedee” Dodd, Weston Dodd, Dustin Findley, Cody Dollins and Rowdy Dodd; he was “Pawpaw” to, great-grandchildren, Dylan, Noah, Dusty, Chloe, Tyler, Charlie, and Alexi; great-great-granddaughter, MacKenzie; along with numerous other loving family members and a host of friends.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Charlotte, Velvet, Johnie, and Velma our prayers will be with yall. Love yall
    .Lynda and Dorothy Price

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.

  3. Frank L. Franklin

    Johnie, sorry to hear about your father. My wife and I will see you on Wednesday. Send our condolences to your mother and sister also. Thanks.

  4. Cindy & Dennis Autry

    Cindy & Dennis Autry offer our condolences to Velma and family on the loss of such a great man. The short time that we got to enjoy his company has been a wonderful experience to which we can call him a friend and a true neighbor. He will definitely be missed and forever remembered in our hearts and thoughts!

  5. Connie Balch Palmer

    Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Bubba was good man and will be missed by many. I know my Daddy met him with a big hug when he got to Heaven. Love all of you.

  6. Jerry (Dudie) & Darla Beckworth

    We were very sorry to hear about the loss of Bubba.I know he will be truly missed as he had a many of friends.My husband and i want to send out our prayers to the family and friends.RIP Bubba.

  7. Charles (Pat) Harless

    Sending my deepest condolences to an old family friend.

  8. So sorry to hear of the loss of Bubba. My prayers are wiwith you all.

  9. Jodie & clift Hilton

    Our heart and prayers go out in this time. Of sadness.

  10. Bubba was a caring man! May all his family be at peace and rest assured that Bubba does not suffer any longer with sickness nor pains. Lord be with all his family during this time of sorrow.

  11. Dear Velma & family,I have been out of town & just heard about our sweet Bubba.I know that you all know where he is but I also know how much you will “miss him”!!He & his dear friend Derwin are neighbors again as he told Der they would be when he was sick????God bless you all & cherish your memories !Love to you all

  12. Elizabeth ROXANNE Eldridge

    So Very Sorry for your loss! My prayers for your family! Johnnie was a nice friend and was always such a kind man to everyone. I always enjoyed his company.

  13. Kim BurkhartSmith

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Dodd family. So sorry for your loss!

  14. Prayers for the family,so sorry for your loss I know he will be missed terribly for he was your Rock,Velvet ,your part of him you got this! Luv ya Girl hugs for Velma y’all are strong women he taught you

  15. Ann Dobbs Griffin

    My heart is heavy …prayers to the Dodd family

  16. Bettye and Joe Keel

    Velma, We were so sorry to hear about Bubba. We enjoyed you both and have memories of fun times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  17. The world lost the blueprint of a true Man!!!

  18. Scott Holland and Family

    Love and prayers, we will miss Uncle Bubba greatly.

  19. Charlene Fritze Tierce

    AWESOME man, never met a stranger. Did business with him at the wrecking yard. Still remember the coins in the floor in the office! Treated us like family. Praying for peace & comfort for his family whom he loved! Harold & Charlene Tierce

  20. becky lambert bilnoski

    bubba you will always be in my heart..from that little girl you carried in your wallet for years until…we meet again…i love you bubba…sending prayers for all the family…hugs~~~????????

  21. Vickie wallace hoffman

    Hi charlotte so sorry to see you lost your father you and Nancy be there for each other my prayers are with both of you and your families.

  22. Robert&Lisa Olivarez

    Sending our condolences to Mrs. Dodd and your Family
    Prayers for all may Mr.Dodd Rest In Peace ❤️

  23. Prayers for yall . From the son of Jack Keel an nephew of Jerry Don an Johney Ray Keel !Kyle Keel Skipper I know he was Loved by our family!RIP

  24. My prayers for all the dog family Johnny he’s in a better place now with all his friends hope to meet him someday love you all and prayers go out booger just hang on Shaw family

  25. My prayers for all the dodd family Johnny he’s in a better place now with all his friends hope to meet him someday love you all and prayers go out booger just hang on Shaw family

  26. My prayers for all the dodd family Johnny he’s in a better place now with all his friends hope to meet him someday love you all and prayers go out booger just hang on Shawdog family

  27. Jerry Wikins and Family

    Our sincere condolence to the Dodd family and friends. He will be surely missed . He has always been a good friend of our family and we will miss him. May God bless Velma Lee and Family .

  28. Jerry Wikins and the Wilkins family

    Our sincere condolences to the Dodd family and friends . Bubba will be greatly missed. May God bless Valma Lee and the Dodd family.. he had been such a good friend to our family and we will certainly miss him.

  29. I am so sorry for your loss. Johnie was a wonderful man and always treated me with kindness. I am still in shock that he is gone. You never think wonderful people will go away. I will always be thankful for him and Velma in my younger years when I needed someone the most. I have not seen the Dodds for a few years now, but they were never far from my mind. I will be thinking of them in this time of sorrow. Please God wrap this family up in your arms in their time of need.

  30. Jesse Moon and Family

  31. Sendings Prayers and Thoughts on this sad day ,he will be missed.

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