I along with many people in Dunwoody lost a good friend on Saturday when we heard the news that Ms. Barbara Dodds passed away. Many years ago Barbara was impressed with the community directory and newsletters I published as a board member of the Dunwoody North Driving Club. Once my time was up serving the swim / tennis association she quickly encouraged me to switch over from the social to the civic side of the house to serve the Dunwoody North Civic Association. Barbara was President of the DNCA at the time and she enjoyed being the Master of Ceremonies at the annual meeting where she would bring in Politicians or the Chief of Police for a little heart to heart with the community.
Barbara and I worked closely on many issues but it was our time piecing together the neighborhood directory for over 1,000 houses where we really bonded. (I think she even let me pick the color of the binding once?) After a few years of me hanging around, she asked me take to take over her position of leading the largest neighborhood civic association in Dunwoody. Needless to say from neighborhood civic association, to the creation of the City of Dunwoody where I currently sit as a member of the City Council; Barbara Dodds gave me my start in politics and I will miss her very much. Below are the details for the visitation.
Barbara Ann Medlen Dodds, 74, of Dunwoody, GA passed away peacefully on June 2, 2012 in Atlanta. She was born in Bonham, Texas on September 18, 1937. Barbara graduated from Orleans American High School in Orleans, France. She was married to Ralph A. Dodds, Jr. on September 1, 1956.
Loved by all who knew her, Barbara was an expert seamstress who passed on her love of sewing and other crafts to her children and grandchildren. She was a long-time officer in the Dunwoody North Civic Association, Dunwoody North Homeowners Association and was well known for her community service.
She is survived by her beloved and loving husband of 56 years, Ralph; children Al Dodds, Patti Soderberg, Cathleen Nodzak; her grandchildren Andrew, Julianne, Melissa, Emily, Rachel, Kelly, Casi, Joshua, Christine, Nicholas, and Samantha; sister Nadine Spelde; and several nieces and nephews.
Those wishing, may make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to The Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM on Monday, June 4, 2012 at Fisher Funeral Home 3742 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Atlanta GA 30341.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA at a time to be determined. To confirm service time and sign online guestbook please visit www.fischerfuneralcare.com Arrangements by Fischer Funeral Care, Atlanta, 678-514-1000.