The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

Dodson, Raymond


December 10, 2003


Services: Have been held.

Mr. Raymond Dodson, 91, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at his home.

He was born on May 27, 1912, in Dickens, Dickens County, Texas.

He grew up in Dickens County. As a young man he was baptized in the Baptist church in Dickens.

For a number of years he worked as a cowboy. For 35 years he was employed by O.L. Olsen Engineers, Inc.

He traveled all over the world in that job helping to build gasoline refineries.

He married Vada Rae Deese on Nov. 2, 1965, in Monterey, Mexico.

They made their home in Lexington, Minn., until 1997 when they moved to Portales.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Mack and Eric Fletcher; two sisters, Virginia Herring and Geraldine Perkins; a grandson, Jackie Ray Campbell; a daughter, LaDonna Dodson; and by his wife, Vada Rae Dodson, who died in September 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Jerry Campbell (and husband, Clyde) of Portales; two grandchildren, Clark C. Campbell and Lisa Erven; seven great-grandchildren, Anthony, Tiffany, Christopher, Brian and Samantha Campbell, Nicholas Ray Erven and Jessica Erven; a brother, Bill Bell of Silver City; and a sister, Dorothy Haskell of Dalhart, Texas.

Scott P. Reeves will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of his friends and neighbors at Golden Acres.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery.


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