Bobby C. Dodson, 59, of Amarillo, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Citizens Cemetery at Clarendon with Patrick Brown, minister, officiating. Arrangements are by N.S. Griggs & Sons Funeral Directors, 2615 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Dodson was born in Clovis, N.M., and moved to Amarillo in 1948. After graduating from Amarillo High School in 1958 and from Texas A&M University in 1962, he attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina. He served with the Air Force from 1964 until 1966.
From 1966 until 1972, he worked in advertising at the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1972, he returned to Amarillo. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include two sons, David Dodson of Washington D.C., and Scott Dodson of New York City; three brothers, Wilburn Dodson and Billy Dodson, both of Amarillo and Jimmy Douglas Dodson of Albuquerque, N.M.
The family suggests memorials be to Crown of Texas Hospice.
Amarillo Daily News Oct. 30, 2000
Joe Ted Davidson, 70, of Amarillo died Friday, May 28, 2010.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Polk Street United Methodist Church. Private burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Joe Ted was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Amarillo to Joseph A. and Martha Davidson.
Joe Ted grew up in Amarillo and graduated in 1958 from Amarillo High School, where he was a standout in football and track.
Joe was an offensive end and linebacker and played for the 1957 Sandies No. 1 ranked football team coached by Joe Kerbel. He played in the "Game of Games" against defending state champion Abilene High School on Dec. 7, 1957.
In track, Joe Ted ran the 400, was on an exceptional mile relay team and advanced to the state meet in Austin his senior year, where he competed in the long jump, going over 22 feet.
Joe received a football scholarship to SMU. He was redshirted his freshman year during which time he had ankle surgery. His football and track career was ended by another ankle injury the following year. While at SMU, one of his teammates was Don Meredith, who went on to play quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Ted's dad ran track and played football at SMU in the early 1930s.
After graduating from SMU, Joe worked for Diamond Shamrock and Texaco Oil Co. In 1974, Joe founded Davidson Oil Co., a multi-state fuel wholesaler and transport company. Davidson Oil Co. is now owned and operated by Joe's two older children, Chan Davidson and Jodi Davidson Teal.
Many adults and young men in Amarillo knew Joe Ted as "coach." He coached boys in football, track and baseball. He touched the lives of hundreds of young men spanning four decades and two generations.
Most recently Joe had been a Kids Inc. track and football coach as well as a baseball coach for his 14-year-old son, Tucker. Joe loved coaching Tucker and attending Tucker's games. Joe followed in the steps of his father by keeping written statistics on all of Tucker's games.
In 2004, Joe was the driving force in revamping the Amarillo Relays track meet into the Amarillo Relays Meet of Champions. Joe solicited donations from friends and business associates to provide AISD with the necessary funds to help this meet regain the prestige that it had once had.
Joe was also involved in the drag racing scene in Amarillo for more than 50 years. Joe could often be found in the pits between races always ready to tell stories about racing, mentoring younger racers, or just talking about cars. Joe's racing career was capped with a class win in his last race at the Amarillo Dragway in the fall of 2009.
In 2006, Joe was a founding member of the Center City Development Committee. Joe was an investor who undertook some of the first renovations of historic buildings located on Polk Street. His development of the Mayfair building and several other properties in downtown Amarillo have been an inspiration of further development and growth in the vital downtown area.
Joe Ted will be remembered for his smile, his caring heart, his love for his family and friends as well as his love of living life to the fullest.
His father, Joseph A. Davidson, preceded Joe in death.
Joe Ted is survived by his wife, Andrea, and their son Tucker; his son, Chan and wife Melanie; and his daughter, Jodi Teal and husband Kelly. He also is survived by his mother, Martha Davis Davidson; and three grandchildren, Parker, Clark and Cooper Davidson, all of Amarillo.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Amarillo Independent School District - Amarillo Relay Fund, 7200 W. Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79106; or a favorite charity.
You may sign the online guest book at www.caringbridge.org on the joeteddavidson page.
Amarillo Globe-News, June 2, 2010