Ernest JR (June) Dodson, 86, of Bogard, MO, passed away on August 21, 2018 in Little Rock, AR.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Kathryn Tucker Fisher Dodson, father, Ernest William Dodson, mother, Ollie Mae Dodson, granddaughter, Tracy Fisher, brothers, Charles Bee Dodson, and Albert "Larry" Dodson. He is survived by his two sons, Stanley Fisher and Keith Dodson, Sr., one daughter-in-law Linda Fisher, wife of Stanley; grandchildren, Phillip Fisher, and his wife Chelsie Fisher, Keith Dodson, Jr., and Nathalie Dodson; four great-grandchildren, Elisha, Hannah, Bridgette, and Penelope Fisher; brothers, Richard Lee Dodson and wife Sue Dodson, Chester William Dodson and wife Charlene Dodson and many nephews, nieces and church friends.
Ernest was born in Bogard, MO to Ernest William Dodson and Ollie Mae Marple on September 23, 1931. He grew up on the family farm and after graduating high school, was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. After his service in the Army, he married Kathryn Tucker Fisher on June 5, 1958 in Kansas City, MO. While in Kansas City, he worked as a Ham-boner for Swift Meat Packing Co. August 28th, 1968, he moved his wife and two sons from Kansas City, MO to Little Rock, AR at the request of his Brother-in-Law, the late, Reverend William Edgar Tucker. Ernest was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and faithful member of the First Gospel Church. He served for more than 20 years as the head usher for the church and helped in as many capacities as was needed. In 1996, he retired from Smokey Hollow Foods of Little Rock, AR after 28 years of service. When he wasn't working, he loved vacationing with his family, playing dominoes, gardening, watching westerns, fishing and working on a multitude of projects. He was truly a Jack-Of-All-Trades. Other than church, his great passion was baseball and his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. He would read, watch or talk about them with anyone that shared his passion. Most people in passing would say that he was a quiet, reserved man but his family and close friends knew a different side to him. Ernest had a great sense of humor and loved to show his goofy side with those he loved. His fun loving spirit, acts of service, and fatherly love will be remembered and missed by all.
Visitation is 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, August 24 at Smith-North Little Rock Funeral Home. Funeral is 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 25 at First Gospel Church, Little Rock. Burial will be 11:00 AM, Monday, August 27 at Forest Hills Memorial Park.
Forest Hills Memorial Park
10201 Highway 5 N
Little Rock, AR,
AUG 24. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Smith - North Little Rock Funeral Home
1921 N. Main St.
North Little Rock, AR, US, 72114
AUG 25. 1:00 PM
First Gospel Church Of Little Rock
8101 Colonel Glenn Rd.
Little Rock, AR, US, 72204