He was born in Clayton to J.L. and Mary Watts Dodgins, who preceded him in death.
John is survived by: three daughters, Penny Phillips and husband Lanny of the Persimmon community, Sherri Best and husband Herbie of Rabun Gap and Suzanne Kilby and husband Tommy of Persimmon; two brothers, Lewis Dodgins of Clayton and Gervice “Grub” Dodgins of Batesville; four sisters, Betty Justus of Mountain City, Barbara Sue Talley of Greenwood, S.C., Letha Mae Hamilton of Easley, S.C., and Kathey Hunter of Hollywood; five grandchildren, Chris Phillips, Geoffrey Justus, Derek Kilby, Keisha Kilby and Kayleigh Keener; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Black Rock Baptist Church and was a retired mechanic in the textile industry. John was an avid hunter and fisherman who thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Beck Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Danny Cannon officiating. Burial followed at Pickett Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Pickett Cemetery, P.O. Box 272, Tiger, GA 30576, in care of Burma Ramey.
The family will be at Sherri Best’s home in Rabun Gap.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Dec. 22, 2011