East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

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James Lewis Dodson Jr.

August 17, 1945November 27, 2019

James Lewis Dodson, Jr. 74, passed away during the evening hours of Wednesday (November 27, 2019) surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on August 17, 1945 in Hagerstown, MD to the late James Lewis Dodson & Emma Louise (Long) Rousch.

Jim was an avid UT fan. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company after 30 years of dedicated service. Jim unselfishly served our country in the United States Air Force as a USAFSS Silent Warrior. Jim was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend; he will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Beasley.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 30 years, Deborah Sue Dodson; three daughters, Buffy Manning & husband Butch, Tracy Ramsey & husband Brian, and Pamela Ratliff & husband Kyle; son, Chris Dodson & wife Krissie; two sisters, Beverly Chrisman & husband Chris and Barbara Copes & husband Marion; brother-in-law, Louie Beasley; six grandchildren, Brittany Manning, Jamie Manning, Daniel Ramsey, Derek Ramsey, Easton Ratliff, and Levi Ratliff; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday (December 1, 2019) from noon to 2 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Jimmy Long officiating.

James will be entombed on Sunday (December 1, 2019) at 3 p.m. in Mausoleum III at East Lawn Memorial Park. Sons-in-law and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105; www.stjude.org; 800-873-6983).

Online condolences may be made to the Dodson family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Dodson family.


  • Deborah Sue Dodson, Loving wife of 30 years
  • Buffy Manning & husband Butch, Tracy Ramsey & husband Brian, and Pamela Ratliff & husband Kyle, Three Daughters
  • Chris Dodson & wife Krissie, Son
  • Beverly Chrisman & husband Chris and Barbara Copes & husband Marion, Two Sisters
  • Louie Beasley, Brother-in-law
  • Brittany Manning, Jamie Manning, Daniel Ramsey, Derek Ramsey, Easton Ratliff, and Levi Ratliff, Six Grandchildren
  • Several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends, Family
  • James Lewis Dodson and Emma Louise (Long) Rousch, Parents (deceased)
  • Shirley Beasley, Sister (deceased)


  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Entombment Sunday, December 1, 2019


James Lewis Dodson Jr.

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Jimmie Long

December 2, 2019

Debbie, We will always think of you and Jimmy when we pass a Perkins. We had a great time talking about old times and what was going on in our families.
Thanks for letting me be a part in the funeral.
Jimmie, Faye and Elizabeth

William Skinner

November 30, 2019

To The Family of James Dodson, Jim and I roomed together in an eight man room at Darmstade, Germany. Some place in Jim's things you will find a picture of the eight of us. Good times and good memories. I will always remember him. I recall meeting the most kindest and personable man I ever met. You have my most sincere condolence for everyone that Jim has touched a part of their life. William Skinner

Ron Akard

November 30, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim for many years. He was a pleasure to work with... always a big smile.
Ron Akard, Nashville

Fred and Sharon Kitchens

November 29, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our hearts are broken. Jim was one of the nicest persons, friend and neighbor we have ever known.
Praying God will be with you and your family.
Fred and Sharon

Susie McNett

November 29, 2019

Buffy, I never met your Dad, but Becky(Baker) Lewis was telling me what a wonderful man he is. I still remember your adventures with Becky which brought you to Milligan and visiting Carol... just letting you know I'm thinking of you and your family at this time. Keeping y'all in my prayers and sending love and hugs

Susie Fife

November 29, 2019

I will never forget what a wonderful and thoughtful friend he is has been to our family. Claude thought of him as a brother, and Harry and I learned to love him as well. My condolences to Debbie and the family.