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Jay Dodd

Mr. Jay Dodd, age 94, passed from this world on November 29, 2023. He was born September 23, 1929, in rural Marion County, Alabama, to parents Sherman C. Dodd and Hassie McWhirter Dodd.

Since moving his family to Arkansas fifty years ago, Jay has been a dozer operator-clearing land, performing contract work for the U.S.F.S., building ponds and other work for the public. He was an outdoorsman and could rarely be found indoors. He enjoyed raising his cattle and working on his farm every chance he got.

Jay (“Grandpa Jay”) is survived by his beautiful loving wife of 68 years, Carreen Dodd; daughters, Sandy Gray (Monte) and Nancy Dodd of Hatfield; sons, Mike Dodd (Terry) and Matt Dodd (Leslie), of Blanchard, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Millie, Mandy, Jacob, Becky, Ronda, Luke, Tonya, Andrea, Travis and Jennie; 21 great-grandchildren; nephews, Rusty Elliott, Max Dodd and Mark Dodd; and niece Gwenda Alexander.

Jay was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter Maddison Martin and grandsons, Wayne Dodd and Johnny Dodd.

Jay proudly served our country in the Army during the Korean War in 1951-1953. He was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, serving as a deacon many of those years.

Pallbearers are Jacob Yates, Luke Dodd, Travis Dodd, Mason Martin, Kevin Hillier and Chad Ainsworth. Honorary Pallbearer is Kody Martin.

General Visitation will be held at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Graveside services for Mr. Jay Dodd will be held at the Mollie Gann Cemetery on Monday, December 4th, at 10:00 a.m. with Brother Kevin Randolph officiating.

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