William Thomas “Bill” Dodd passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 87 years on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel. A tribute of William’s life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Bill was born June 22, 1929 in Slide Community, Lubbock County to James Thomas and Dessa May Ratliff Dodd.

He attended schools in Slide and graduated from Cooper High School in 1946.

Bill was raised on a dairy farm. As a boy he enjoyed being outside and delivering milk with his father. As he grew older he enjoyed hunting rabbits with his grey hounds. He was a fan of Bob Will’s music and was an avid reader. He loved to have fun and cut-up with his brothers and sisters. Bill also loved a good debate.

He met Elinor Greenwood in Lubbock and later married in Clovis, NM in 1951. She preceded him in death in July of 2016.

As a young man, Bill worked as a delivery man for the Texas Tech Dairy Program. He later entered the construction field through a Government program to provide housing for uranium workers in Grants, New Mexico. Bill was also a licensed auctioneer. In 1965, Bill became a born-again Christian and entered the Gospel Ministry in 1968. He pastored 6 churches during his 48 years as a pastor. His last pastorate was his beloved Bible Baptist Church, Rising Star, where he was pastor about 20 years. Bill was “Independent Sovereign Grace” in his doctrine.

Bill was a passionate servant of the Lord and loved to relate his spiritual experiences to others and to discover what their spiritual experiences had been with God as well. He delighted in the spiritual instruction of God’s Word and was a great theologian. He will be remembered for his knowledge and passion for the Word of God and a great defender of the King James Version of the Bible. His spiritual experience with God and its affect on his life was exemplary of what God can do in the life of the common man.

Bill loved his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and loved to write those letters as long as he was able. He was the family prayer-warrior, praying daily for each one by name and any concerns they had.

Survivors include four children: daughter, Lynn Whitfield of Lubbock; daughter, Dessa Mitchell and husband Larry of Wheeler; son, Will Dodd of Lubbock; and daughter, Jill Goodwin of Brownwood; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by a cousin, Donald Cheek of Arizona; sister-in-law, Ava Nell Sewell of Lubbock, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elinor; daughter-in-law, Ann Dodd; granddaughter, Ava Brooke Goodwin; three brothers; and three sisters.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Bible Baptist Church, P.O. Box 707, Rising Star, Texas 76471.