GASTONIA - Charles "Randy" Dodson born in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Aug. 28, 1965, went to his Heav-enly home on July 13, 2014, after a long battle with his illness.
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Randy died peacefully at his parents' home in Smyrna, Tenn., with family and friends surrounding him.
He leaves behind his son, Charles Brandon Dodson, the love of his life. His mother, Margie and Harry Harman of Smyrna, Tennessee; father, Paul A. Dodson Sr. and Brenda of Clover, S.C.; brothers, David Dodson (Becki) of York, S.C., John Harman (Gail) of Shelby, Don Harman of Ohio; life partner, James Dean of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and his beloved dog Kera.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul A. Dodson Jr.; grandparents, Lee and Mildred Barnes, Dent and Nellie Dodson. Randy had many wonderful cousins and special nieces (Ariel Dodson Frame and Tiffany Dodson) and special nephew, Josh Dodson.
Randy was an eight year veteran of the US Air Force as a mental health specialist. He also sang in the Air Force and received many awards for his singing and acting talents. Randy loved The Little Theater in which he performed throughout NC and SC. He was a graduate of Ashbrook High School in Gastonia. He attended Lees McCrae College in Banner Elk.
A special thanks to his Aunt Jo, and his cousins who loved him unconditionally and a very special thanks to niece Ariel Dodson Frame and her precious husband Lucas. Archie, you will always be our HERO!!!
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, officiated by the Rev. Dawn Flynn of New Life MCC, Charlotte.
Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. prior to the service.
Inurnment will follow the service at Evergreen Cemetery in Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Tri-County Animal Rescue, PO Box 483, Alexis, NC 28006.
Mclean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Dodson.
Condolences may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on July 25, 2014