Grover Stanton Dodson, 95, of Blacksburg, Va., passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Grover was born Feb. 17, 1921, to James Stanton and Zaidee Peters Dodson. On April 17, 1942, he married his lifelong love, Harriet Gwendolyn Jones Dodson. After nearly 75 years together, he followed her in death by a mere seven days.
Beginning their life together in Norfolk, Grover and Gwen eventually settled into their Virginia Beach home, where they lived nearly 52 years. In 2014, the couple relocated to Blacksburg, Va.
A World War II Army veteran, Grover was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman Badge with three major battle stars. After leaving the U.S. Army in 1945, he retired after a 33-year civil service career at the former NARF.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Grover was well known for his quick wit and humor. He loved working in his yard, watching football and playing golf. He was an active member of Azalea Baptist Church in Norfolk for over 50 years.
He is survived by two brothers, Roy (Margaret) Dodson of Virginia Beach and James (Mary) Dodson of Atlanta; and by four sons, Lewis A. Dodson, and his wife, Louise, of The Villages, Fla., Ronald S. Dodson of The Villages, Fla., David E. Dodson, and his wife, Linda, of Virginia Beach, and Douglas B. Dodson of Blacksburg, Va. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Stephanie Hayes (Steve), Brian Dodson (Mandy), Gregory Dodson (Krista), Kimberly Carroll (Chris), Audrey Breen (Andrew) and Leigh Marquay (Glenn); as well as 14 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his loving wife, Gwen Dodson, he was also preceded in death by by his daughter-in-law, Carolyn Dodson (Ronald); and three brothers and one sister.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Princess Anne Memorial Park on N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach.
Memorial donations may be made to Azalea Baptist Church.