Vernon L. “Sarge” Dodson | Obituary


Vernon L. “Sarge” Dodson, 90, of Martinsburg WV, died on Monday, November 1, 2021 at Berkeley Medical Center.

Born September 23, 1931 in Berkeley Springs WV, he is the son of the late Henry Harrison Dodson and Lula Johnson Dodson.

Living most of his life in his home state, after graduating from Berkeley Springs High School, he made a career in the United States Army, serving 26 years from 1952 until August 31, 1978. He served retired as Master Sergeant (MSG) receiving the following medals: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Good Conduct (Eighth Prize) Korean Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, United Nations Service, Presidential Unity Emblem, Meritorious Unity Emblem, Armed Forces Expedition (Korea), National Defense Service with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Bravery with Palm.

He was recently honored at the unveiling of the WWII Memorial at Berkeley Springs, WV, where he is commemorated with his brother Ralph Dodson, on the memorial for serving in Vietnam.

He was an active member of the VFW and Moose Lodge. In his younger years he worked for the James Rumsey Technical Institute in several capacities, enjoying his interaction with students and staff.

As a former army chief, he liked to cook for his family and friends and liked to organize his family gatherings. Known around Martinsburg for his vegetable soup, potato salad, and fried oyster recipes, he favored his roots and loved making homemade apple butter with the Cather / Barbour families.

He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting with his hunting buddies. He was a member of the Big Lick Sportsman Club in Lost River, WV. Never meeting a stranger, he also enjoyed frequenting the McDonald’s Senior Breakfast Club in Martinsburg, and last year he became an engaged member of the Berkeley Senior Center. All these groups gave him great joy and good memories.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Ann Godlewski Dodson of 65 years of marriage; brother, Homer L. Dodson, Berkeley Springs, WV; son, Dennis L. Dodson, Martinsburg, West Virginia; daughter Corrine D. Barbour (Glynn) Stephens City, VA; his daughter Mary Flatness, Glengary, WV and daughter Sabrina A. Guthridge, Great Cacapon, WV. The happiest times for him have been with his ten grandchildren: Emmy, Andrew, Hunter, Alex, Anna, Megan, Miranda, Taylor, Evan and Ryan and three great grandchildren: Ania, Alyssa and Wyatt.

He was predeceased by his son Paul E. Dodson of Stevensville, MD; sister, Virginia I. VanGosen and brothers, James Dodson, Pasadena, MD; Raymond Dodson, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; Paul Dodson, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; Henry Jr. Dodson, Inwood, West Virginia and Ralph Dodson, Jacksonville, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorial donations to the Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Berkeley Springs, WV and the Berkeley Senior Center at 217 N. High Street Martinsburg, WV.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Brown Funeral Home South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood WV.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday November 5, 2021 at Brown Funeral Home South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood WV.

Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Charles Town Road, Kearneysville WV.

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