Thomas L. Dodson, Sr.

Born on May 19, 1934

Departed on January 23, 2020 and resided in West Nashville, TN

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Thomas L. Dodson, Sr. passed peacefully to his eternal home, Thursday January 23, 2020. He is survived by wife of sixty-four years, Mary Dodson; five children, Gail Escue, Thomas (Connie) Dodson, Jr., Steve (Pam) Dodson, Angie (John) Vaughn, and Ricky Dodson.
Mr. Dodson is survived by ten grandchildren; Emily (Jeremy) Williams, Steven (Dianna) Dodson, Michael (Holly) Phelps, Brandon (Amy) Miner, Michael Miner, Cody Johnson, Jeremy (Emily) Dodson, Alex Dodson, Jordan Dodson, Christopher and Cassidy; nine great-grandchildren Kaite, Kalvin, Audrey, Gavin, Mia, Camden, Mailey, Carly, Taylor, Mackenzy, Morgan, Preston, Michael, Bailey, and Liam; and one great-great grandchild, Thomas. Surviving siblings include Liz (Bill) Sharpe, Clifford (Judy) Dodson, Donnie Dodson, and Mary Jane Dodson Cleghorn.

Tommy retired from Nashville Electric Service after thirty years of service. He was a long time member of Park Avenue Baptist Church, Fellowship of Christian Magicians and routinely served others through St. Luke’s Community Center. Tommy never met a stranger and shared the love of Jesus with everyone.

We are forever changed and blessed by his love and service to his family and to the Lord.
A Celebration of Life will be on Monday, January 27, 2020, at 1:00pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Hamilton officiating. Interment to follow at Harpeth Hills.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 1PM until 6PM, and on Monday from 12PM until the service time at 1PM, both at West Harpeth Funeral Home.

23 Comments to Mr. Thomas L. Dodson, Sr.

  1. Michael McClanahan
    January 24, 2020 11:38 am

    I remember tommy an mary from westwood, tommy would always find me an shake or give me a hug this man loved his lord an will be dearly missed. Mrs. Mary we love you an I’m so sadden about Tommy’s passing mom told me when I got home yesterday from school. I really will miss him driving around the West Nashville area. I will miss running into him at different places an just talk to him. May the lord God bless an keep this family in his comfort an care.

  2. Judith Redmond
    January 24, 2020 11:41 am

    Tommy was a wonderful person and very caring person. He was involved with the Senior Renaissance Center’s programs for years. If he wasn’t on-site, he was out helping other seniors with doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions and visiting the sick. Tommy, his infectious smile and personality will be missed. Lots of prayers being sent to Mary and the family.

    Judy Redmond/Senior Renaissance Center director…

  3. Bill Thompson
    January 24, 2020 2:33 pm

    Bill Thompson

  4. Cindy Keaton Dold
    January 24, 2020 3:11 pm

    Mr. Tommy and Ms. Mary were the epitome of what everyone should be in Christ. They loved each other with an undying love that was so obvious. I loved spending time with them as a new Christian because they loved on me and taught me so much about the Lord. Gail was responsible for inviting me to Park Avenue where I surrendered my life to Christ. I will never be able to thank her enough. I worked with Mr. Tommy at NES and he was always a sweetheart there too. He will be dearly missed but I know we will all be with him again in glory! I’m looking forward to it!

  5. Tom Inman
    January 24, 2020 4:51 pm

    We have known Tommy and Mary for many years. It is hard to talk about one, without talking about the other. Tommy and Mary were such caring people. We had the privilege of visiting them in their home a few months ago. Looking back, we did not know how important that visit would be. I know Mary, will continue to carry the torch for helping and caring for others. We will miss you Tommy, our friend.
    Tom and Mary Inman

  6. Tom Inman
    January 24, 2020 4:57 pm

    We have known Tommy and Mary for many years. We had the privilege of visiting them a few months ago at their home. Looking back, we did not know how much that visit would mean to us. Tommy and Mary were the most caring people I know. Always wanting to help someone. I know Mary will continue to carry the torch. We will miss you Tommy.

  7. Teresa Dodson
    January 24, 2020 5:03 pm

    My heart is broken for you Mary and all your family. I know your faith is strong and that will get you all through the difficult days ahead. You know I love you both you and Tommy were there for me during such a hard time in my life and I will always treasure you both for your love. He is rejoicing with my mom and dad now they are just waiting for us now and what a joyous reunion that will be. I love you Mary and am
    praying for you all.

  8. Bobby Evans
    January 24, 2020 5:09 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this sad time.

    Bobby and Melodye Evans

  9. Betsy Cagle
    January 24, 2020 5:51 pm

    Tommy was always a strong Christian example for to me and my husband, Randy. We love him, Mary, and his family soo much! Shalom!

  10. Mike and Pam Shrum
    January 24, 2020 6:33 pm

    We loved seeing Tommy every time with a smile on his face. Always with his precious Mary. Prayers for the family as you go through these next days. We miss them but they are in
    GLORY waiting for us❤️❤️

  11. Roger Sparks
    January 25, 2020 1:22 am

    Praying for the family and friends my God give you peace.

  12. Kay Sutton
    January 25, 2020 3:18 am

    So Sorry to hear of Mr Dodsons passing . My Daddy James Sutton was a retired NES too . My late Mother Ann Sutton and I went to the retirees lunch and NES Dinners . Tommy always came and talked to us . Prayers for the family .

  13. Lisa K Barnes
    January 25, 2020 8:50 am

    My heart goes out to the entire family! I’ve know Tommy & Mary my entire life and they have always been kind, loving and gracious to our family! So many memories that make my heart smile and laughter that goes on forever! May each of you have peace in your hearts and know that you are all lifted in prayer during your time of great loss. Love & Blessings always, Lisa Kay Barnes

  14. Sandi Brinduse Johnson
    January 25, 2020 10:27 am

    Praying for the family. Mary and Tommy were a blessing to me when they attended Scottsboro 1st Baptist church,

  15. Bill and Sheila
    January 25, 2020 4:30 pm

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you Mary, and the whole family, in this sad time. Tommy was such a special man and we feel privileged to know him and spend time with him. He always had a twinkle in his eye and then he’d start telling a wonderful story. Just such a sweet man always full of love for others. He will be deeply missed. May God wrap his comforting arms around you. ❤️ Bill and Sheila

  16. Tammie Janney
    January 25, 2020 5:00 pm

    Tommy was my Nashville Daddy, my 2nd daddy. Loved how his face lit up with a smile everytime I saw him. I will love you and miss you forever! All my hugs and kisses.

  17. Marshall Albritton
    January 25, 2020 8:27 pm

    Tommy was a wonderful man and great example and encouragement. When I think of how to display joy, Tommy comes to mind.

  18. Joy Smith
    January 25, 2020 8:40 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss! We loved Tommy and loved listening to his life stories. He was a man who didn’t mince any words when telling someone what was right or wrong. He would do anything for anyone who needed help or assistance. Now he is home, his heavenly home and one day those who know the same Jesus he did will be reunited once more. Joy & Nathan

  19. KIMA CURTIS
    January 26, 2020 8:29 pm

    Tommy was such a sweat, funny man. Sammy and I remember many stories that he’s told us over the years. We were at West Harpeth this afternoon and saw many church friends all coming to say goodbye to this great man and to support the family. RIP, Tommy. Sending prayers for the family

  20. Gene and Barbara Brown
    January 27, 2020 1:40 am

    Gene and Barbara Brown
    We met Mary and Tommy at church when Mary brought her special gust I have forgotten his name that she keep in a box. Such a treat when we listened to her talk to her doll. I talked to her afterward and she and Tommy were the sweetest couple that I have ever met. They were touched by the Lord . That was a few years ago , and I haven’t seen them lately but I have always been fond of both of them. We are praying for Mary and her and his family with all our heart. He was a good man and she surely is a good woman. Always caring about everybody and not themselves. Yhey are the kind of people you would want to know forever. God Bless and sending lots of prayers for her and the family.

  21. Margaret Slea & Sandy Young
    January 27, 2020 7:01 am

    We met Tommy & Mary at scottsboro baptist church . Several years ago.. The most caring people you could ever meet. My deepest sympathy to Mary , their children & grandchildren. We will miss him. Hugs & prayers .. Sincerely ,, Margaret Slea & Sandy Young

  22. Donnie Harrison
    January 28, 2020 12:39 pm

    I remember Mr. Dodson from Park Avenue Baptist Church. He was a very kind man. My condolences go out to Ms. Mary and the rest of the family. I will be praying for all of you.

    Sincerely,

    Donnie Harrison

  23. Liz Sharpe
    February 23, 2020 12:38 pm

    Tommy was my precious brother. He and Mary took me into there home to live when I was in the seventh grade. They taught me about the Lord and to always have faith in him. Also Tommy’s work ethics, taught me that if you wanted anything you better work for it. They had the most beautiful three Children that I was lucky enough to help raise. I loved that part of my life. Then I made one of my own using as much as I could that was taught to me by Tommy and Mary. Thay were my love, my life. I could never repay what they taught me but I tried. I pray I made them happy. I know Gaill, Tommy jr, &Steve sure made me happy and gave me plenty of reasoms to be happy. Bitter sweet memories. RIp Tommy we will all be with you again. Love your sister Liz

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