Mr. Walter Perry Dodd, age 99, of Cleveland, GA, formerly of Sandy Springs, GA, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Friday, June 26, 2020. His radiant smile and joyful heart will truly be missed by all.
Walt was born in Hopewell, VA. After moving to Atlanta, GA, he attended North Fulton High School. Walt met his beautiful wife, Mary Parker Dodd, in downtown Atlanta while she was working at the five and dime store after school. They married right before WWII, where he bravely fought in the South Pacific. Following the war, Walt was excited about starting a family, having children every other year from 1948 to 1957, except the year they went to Miami. Walt was the Executive Vice President for Pacific Indemnity Insurance Company in Atlanta, GA, which eventually merged with Chubb Insurance. Later, he joined Gulf Insurance as the SE Regional Head and managed the Atlanta office. Walt and Mary vacationed on many trips across the United States and Canada as well as travelled to Europe and the Mediterranean. Walt was an avid sports fan, always cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Falcons. Walt and his bride happily lived an epic love story with their marriage of over 75 years. Walt had always been a member of the Baptist Church and led by example with his prayers before the family meals. Walt and Mary most recently resided full time at their lake house in Cleveland, GA.
Walt was predeceased by his lovely wife Mary Parker Dodd; daughter Deborah Dodd Jameson; and granddaughters Laura Eagles and Michelle Allen. Walt is survived by his loving children: Cheryl Dodd Counts (Leonard) of Marietta, GA, Walter P. Dodd, Jr. (Jaki) of Cleveland, GA, Donna Dodd Williams (Glenn) of Cleveland, GA, Judy Dodd Allen (John) of Roswell, GA; his grandchildren: Thomas Counts (Susan) of Hinsdale, IL, Jeffrey Lewis (Amy) of Marietta, GA, Jennifer Butler of Brookhaven, GA, Josh Jameson of Norcross, GA, Blake Dodd and Zac Dodd of Cleveland, GA, Cathryn Allen of Roswell, GA; and his great-grandchildren: Brandon Counts and Ryan Counts of Hinsdale, IL, Caitlin Butler of Brookhaven, GA, Jackson Lewis, Hope Lewis, and Hampton Lewis of Marietta, GA.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Sandy Springs Chapel. Entombment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM prior to the service at Sandy Springs Chapel.
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