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Nelma Jo Dodd

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8

Nelma Jo Holley Dodd, 82, passed from this life and gained her heavenly home on Saturday, January 6, 2018, in Tyler, Texas. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born in Commerce, Texas, to W.E. “Bo” Holley and Emma D. Thomas Holley on July 28, 1935. She lived her life in and around the Commerce area. On August 1, 1951, she married Tommie Gaston “Tuffy” Dodd. Together they raised three children: one son and twin daughters. They were married 62 years.

After being out of high school sixteen years, she decided to go to college at East Texas State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Vocational Home Economics in 1970 and a master’s degree in Education in 1971. She then began her teaching career in Cooper where she taught Head Start. She then went on to teach Home Economics in Quinlan; served as the Home Economics Occupation Education Specialist for four years working with superintendents, principals and teachers in 21 counties in East Texas; served as superintendent in the Cumby ISD; kindergarten principal in Quinlan, Assistant Principal for D.C. Cannon Elementary and an English teacher at Quinlan Middle School; taught Home Economics at A.C. New Middle school in Mesquite; high school principal in the Campbell ISD; taught Home Economics at Bland ISD. While at Bland she was advisor to the Family, Career and Community Leaders student organization where she had three Region III FCCLA officers and one state Officer. She also served as yearbook sponsor. During her career she was named a member of Future Homemakers of America, Texas Association, Hall of Fame; received Administrator of the Year Award, Region 10; Master Teacher Award for the FCSTAT organization, Region III; FCS teacher of the Year; FCCLA Spirit of Achieving Award; Teacher Mentor Award. She was a member of several professional organizations, and was a Deaconess at New Life Congregational Methodist Church of Commerce.

Nelma is survived by her son, Tommie Joe Dodd, Klondike; daughter Joette English (Gary Morgan), Ben Wheeler/Wills Point. Grandchildren Jessica Duckworth (Jon), Klondike; Brandon Newman (Melissa), Scotland; Johnathen Tribble, Ben Wheeler; five great-grandchildren: Haley Newman, Emma Duckworth, Sam Duckworth, Lexi Newman and Lillee Duckworth; also cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bo and Emma D. Holley; husband, Gaston Dodd; daughter, Colette Newman; granddaughter, Christina Tribble; sons-in-law Jace English and Lloyd Newman.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce, Texas.

Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 1:00 P.M. in the Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Chapel with Bro. Terry Holley officiating.

Pallbearers will be Johnathen Tribble, Ted Carrington, Gary Morgan, Jack Neatherly, Brandon Newman and Jonathan Duckworth.

Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery in Klondike.


Monday, January 08, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment Service

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Shiloh Cemetery
FM 1531
Klondike, Texas 75448

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She was a delight! I recall vividly her eagerness for learning and her alert presence on the front row during class-always! She lived life fully and we who knew her are the better for having been her friends, peers, and teachers!

Vicki and Jerry Davis Jan 14 2018 12:00 AM

Nelma, you will be missed! Always loved your sense of humor and zest for life. Rest in Peace. Judy

Judy Beeson Webster Jan 13 2018 12:00 AM

Brandon, So sorry we are unable to be with you today. Praying for comfort and strength during this time. May God's special grace sustain you as you serve your family! Love you guys, Pastor Kermit, Cindy and Debbie Lewis

Pastor Kermit Bell Jan 9 2018 12:00 AM

I will miss my sweet friend and neighbor. She was always kind and considerate and ever helpful to me. We 3 ladies always kept an eye on one another as neighbors to help if needed. I will always miss my friend.

Kay Zihlman Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

What a wonderful and special lady you were. You touched the hearts of each of my family and were a Blessing to us all. RIP sweet lady, you live on in our hearts forever...

Nancy Abrams Jan 7 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Thinking back on some of our special trips we took together years ago with them both, fun times!!!!!!!!

Gitte and Phil Stevers Jan 7 2018 12:00 AM

Mrs Dodd will truly be missed by all her "kids" from Bland. She touched many of them, and alot of their memories of her have been posted on fb. She was a precious woman. We are so sorry for your loss, but Heaven is singing glory!

Vicki DuVall Jan 7 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ann & Hoyle Julian

Ann & Hoyle Julian Jan 7 2018 12:00 AM