Melvin R. Dodson

June 26, 1936July 5, 2018

Melvin R. Dodson, 82 of Martinsburg, passed away July 5, 2018. Born June 26, 1936 in Charles Town, he was the son of Edward F. and Elsie M. Dodson. After finding the love of his life, Helen Davis, they became married on February 11, 1954 and were together for 64 years. They had three children: Deborah M. Brown, Catherine E. Dodson, and Melvin “Roger” Dodson, Jr. and wife, Debbie. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by grandchildren: John Preston Taylor, Jr., Jesse Lee Dodson, and Brandon C. Dodson; great-grandchildren: Zachary Taylor and Micheal Taylor; brothers and sisters-in- laws: Ruth and Kas Baracosa, Barbara McKenzie, and David and Kaye Davis; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters: Anna Mae Keyton and Frances Penwell; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin Edward and Esther Dodson; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Melvin was a PROUD AIR FORCE twenty year retiree. He was a Vietnam War Veteran serving from 1956-1975. His duty stations included California, Texas, Guam, Thailand, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. After retirement he stayed in the aircraft world and worked for Fairchilds in Hagerstown making the A-10 planes, Rockwell International, Saab-Sweden, and Abex. He enjoyed taking care of his family and driving across the states to visit and explore. He attended horse shows to support and encourage his girls while they showed their horses. He also supported and volunteered for Horses with Hearts however possible. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4pm at Rosedale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11am at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Rosedale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Melvin and his family wish for donations to be made in his honor to Horses with Hearts (HwH) Therapeutic Riding, PO Box 2186, Martinsburg, WV 25402 /


  • Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 9, 2018

Melvin R. Dodson

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Minnie Lee Osborne

July 8, 2018

I have been blessed to have met you and your son! You both have ALWAYS been so pleasant and nice!
May God comfort you all! I will miss your smile and kind words! Rest in Peace!

VA Medical Phlebotomist

Lisa Foulk

July 7, 2018

I remember so many meals shared together with Melvin and his family over the years for for different occasions and celebrations. He always wanted to make sure everyone got enough to eat and drink. He also always took the time to ask how you were, how life was treating you.
I don't think I ever heard an unkind word from him and I will always remember him and Helen sharing their chair in the living room. It was so sweet to see that even after all their years together they still loved and respected each other. We should all be so lucky.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time and in the days ahead.
The world is a better place because he was here with us and his mark on it will always be felt for years to come.

With love,

Lisa Foulk
Aaron Foulk

Wendy Brown

July 6, 2018

We have such fond memories of how kind and supportive Mr Dodson was when it came to the horseback riding activities. He was always such a joy to sit and talk with and always had a smile on his face and would leave you with a smile on yours as well. He was always supportive and kind to Jennifer as she grew in her love of horses and riding. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time of loss.
Much love to the family,
Mike & Wendy Brown &
Jennifer McCain