Virgil Kenneth Dodson


Virgil Kenneth Dodson Sr., age 79, of Lamar, Mo., passed away early Monday morning, July 11, 2016.
Virgil was born Dec. 7, 1936, in Carthage, Mo., to Ray and Alva (Arnold) Dodson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Allen, Paul, and Donald Dodson; and four sisters, Ruby Jepson, Ruth O'Maley, Jewel Gatlin, and Virgie Weiss.
On Nov. 6, 1954, in Pendleton, Ore., Virgil married Marlene Peterson and together they raised their four children.
In addition to owning and operating Robbie's Bar, in Lamar, Virgil had worked in trucking and construction for many years and was a member of the Carpenters Union #311 for 50 years. Always interested in serving others, he was an active Mason, a member of York Rite, Scottish Rite, Eastern Star, Carthage and Barton County Shrine Clubs, and Carthage Train Crew. He was instrumental in organizing and promoting the Barton County Shrine Club and the Lamar Boxing Club and enjoyed the fellowship of friends in Lamar Metro and Lamar Elks Lodge.
Survivors include two sons, Virgil Dodson Jr., of Durham, N.C., and Billy (Alicia) Dodson, of Lamar; two daughters, Connie (Shaun) Earll, Kansas City, Mo., and Catherine (Mickel) McCulley, Aurora, Mo.; three sisters, Bonnie Arnold and Margie Randall, of Carthage, and Emily Sue Ehnen, of Smithville, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.-- Friday, July 15, at Daniel Funeral Home. Burial will be 2 p.m. Friday, in Dudman Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following Masonic Rites to be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Shriner's Hospital, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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