George Wallace Dodd, 86, of Pooler, Georgia, passed away on January 15, 2023.
Born on February 15, 1936, in Montgomery County, Illinois, he was the beloved son of George Oliver and Mary Dodd (née Wallace). He was raised in Virden, Illinois, a small town that thrived on the hard work of its farming community.
Known for his lively sense of humor, infectious laugh, and welcoming manner George was loved by family and strangers alike. He was a hard worker and a skilled woodworker, but above all, he was a loving husband and dedicated father devoted to his family. He married his beloved wife, Phyllis Lewis, in Divernon, Illinois, on November 30, 1957. Their three sons, Mike (Lynn) Dodd, David (Nicole) Dodd, and Darrin (Diane) Dodd were his pride and joy.
George was a proud grandfather and adored his six grandchildren, Andrew Dodd, CSM Tyler Dodd, Gerrit Dodd, Tayler Morris (née Dodd), Cameron Dodd, and Henry Dodd. The love he felt for his nine great-grandchildren, Awnah, Chloe, Samantha, Jameson, Fitzgerald, Stevie Grace, Cole, Caroline, and Cooper, was evident to all who saw the sparkle in his eyes when he was with them or spoke of them.
George loved to work with his hands; his work ethic and talent led him on an exciting career journey. In his younger days, he was a skilled mechanic, a trade that served his family well. His sense of adventure led him to become an expert in salvaging derailed trains, a career he truly enjoyed. Later, George used his expertise in mechanics and heavy equipment as a service representative for heavy equipment until he retired. Apparently, he was not the retiring type after all, so after a short period, he shifted careers once more and became an armed driver guard for an armored car company until he was (actually) ready to retire.
All who had the privilege of knowing George knew he was an animal lover. With that in mind, in lieu of flowers, kindly consider donating to your local SPCA or other non-profit animal welfare organization in his name.
A Celebration of Life gathering for family and friends will be announced at a later date.
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Uncle George was a blessing to our family and to all who knew him. What a beautiful legacy he leaves behind!