Billy Joe Dodd, Sr., 82, of Laddonia, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020 at Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville.
Mr. Dodd was born December 4, 1937 in Wellsville, Missouri, a son of Marvin Newton and Edna Louise (Roberts) Dodd.
Billy Joe served his country in the United States Air Force, entering on June 13, 1955 and being honorably discharged on January 29, 1959.
On November 4, 1971 in Noblesville, Indiana, he married Rosemary Helen (Barker) Stephens. They shared over 48 years of marriage together and have lived at their home in Laddonia the past 45 years.
Billy Joe is a member of Middletown Christian Church.
He was an over the road truck driver, working for several different companies. Billy Joe had bought his own dozer and scraper and was self-employed, working for different people over the years. He later went back to trucking, being the owner and operator of his own truck. Billy Joe and Rosemary took several loads of donations to the Sioux reservation in South Dakota.
Billy Joe was a member of the American Legion Post 510 in Laddonia, Thunderbird Society and the Truckers Union in Kansas City.
He enjoyed fishing, going out to eat and mowing his yard. Billy Joe loved tinkering in his shop as well as watching the daily news.
Billy Joe is survived by his wife, Rosemary Helen Dodd, of the home in Laddonia; son, Billy Joe Dodd, Jr., of Crane; daughter, Suzanne Dodd, of Plant City, Florida; step-sons, David Oliver Stephens and wife, Una, of Middletown and Michael Arza Stephens, of Hemlock, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Catherine Ann “Cathy” (Chad) Bolin, of Mt. Vernon, Jennifer Sue “Jenny” (Bob) Huffman, of Litchfield, Minnesota, Billy Joe Dodd III, of Aurora, Travis William Dodd, of Mt. Vernon, Eddie Newton Dodd, of Crane, Destiny Dodd, of Crane and Winter Jo Dodd, of Plant City, Florida; seven step-grandchildren, Adam (Kayla) Stephens, of Middletown, Lona Stephens, of Middletown, Christy (Ty) Green, of Bedford, Miriam (Kevin) Burch, of Williamsburg, Daniel (Crystal) Butts, of Springfield, Josh (Amber) Stephens, of Tipton, Indiana and Victor Blaine Stephens, of the State of Illinois; nine great-grandchildren; seventeen step-great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers and spouses, Carolyn Kay Dutton Lewis, of Vandalia, Doris Jean McCowan, of Middletown, Bonnie Sue Strube, of Montgomery City, Connie Lou Farris, of Grain Valley and Harry Wayne and Jane Johnson, of Wellsville; brother-in-law, Wayne Mabry, of Clarksville; in addition to several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Newton “Bobby” Dodd; sister, Delores Geraldine “Dolly” Mabry; step-son, Phillip Victor Stephens; step-daughter, Charlotte Marie Steele and step-grandson, Jack Tyler Stephens.
Visitation was held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the funeral home. Rev. Dan Sites officiated.
Burial was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens, north of Montgomery City. Serving as pallbearers were Billy Joe Dodd III, Eddie Dodd, Travis Dodd, Kevin Burch, Daniel Butts and Adam Stephens.
Full Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post 510 of Laddonia. Missouri Military Funeral Honors folded and presented the United States Flag to his wife, Rosemary.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Central Missouri Honor Flight c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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