Mr. Dodson was a paratrooper for the U.S. Army and a Korean War Veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Wolfe Dodson of Paducah; five sons, Melvin Dodson of Gilbertsville, James Dodson of Calvert City, Eldon Dodson of Vancouver, Wash., Stephen Dodson of Paducah, and Jeff Dublin of Paducah; three daughters, Laura Dublin of Paducah, Sheila Irvin of Cunningham, and Tamra Dodson of Calvert City; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Dodson; his mother, Mary Jane Bieber; one son, David Dodson; four brothers; and two sisters.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Lindsey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.