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The family of Cloyd Oscar Dodd is saddened to announce that Cloyd passed away gently in his sleep on the evening of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017.
Born May 9, 1922, in the vicinity of Biardstown (a small town close to Paris), Lamar County, Texas, Cloyd was the son of George Oscar Dodd and Lucy Towers Dodd. He was the youngest of eight children. In his early years, Cloyd lived with his older brother Lleo and wife Pauline. Cloyd married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Louise Pierce of Biardstown, the daughter of Frank and Effie Pierce and sister of Donald and Carl, on Sept. 10, 1938. Cloyd and Louise moved from Biardstown to Greenville in 1940. Cloyd served in the Army of the United States during World War II. Following his return to Greenville from the South Pacific, where he had fought during the war, Cloyd and Louise had two children, Larry Cloyd and David Michael. Cloyd and Louise also had five grandchildren and one great-grandson. The five grandchildren are Meredith and Christopher (children of Larry and his first wife, Cheryl Staats), and Rachel, Adrienne and John (children of Michael and his wife, Mary Jacobi Dodd). Currently, Cloyd and Louise's only great-grandchild is Andrew Wotman, the son of Meredith and husband Jon Wotman. After spending their early years in Lamar County and Greenville, Cloyd moved his family to Iowa Park, Wichita County, Texas, after he began work for The American Chicle Company in 1959. They raised their sons there and were all devoted members of the First Baptist Church of Iowa Park. Throughout their years in Iowa Park, they frequently returned to Paris and Greenville for visits. In Paris they would stay with Louise's brother Carl and his wife, Linda, and in Greenville with Cloyd's brother, Verbie and his first wife, Lorene, and later with Verbie and his second wife, Winnie, after Lorene's death. Cloyd and Verbie particularly loved spending time together fishing. Cloyd retired from Warner Lambert Pharmaceutical Co., which had acquired The American Chicle Company, in 1984. Louise died on June 2, 1990. A few years after Louise's death, Verbie introduced Cloyd to Robbie McGill of Greenville. Cloyd and Robbie married on July 31, 1994. Cloyd then moved back to Greenville where he and Robbie lived until her death on May 19, 2015. On the morning of his death Cloyd was visited at the Veterans Home in Bonham by Michael, Mary, and Cloyd's nephew from Paris, Lleo's son Travis Dodd, and was connected by phone with Larry. The family is thankful that Cloyd was surrounded by family before dying in his sleep that evening. His was truly a life well-lived. There will be a time for visiting with the family on Friday, Nov. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Coker Mathews Funeral Home, 5100 Interstate 30, Greenville, Texas 75402. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, 207 S. Church Street, Paris, Texas 75460 with the Rev. Ken Cannon officiating. Cloyd will be buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Paris.
For a more complete obituary, please go to www.cokermathews.
Published on November 20, 2017
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