Jeff Cowling Dodson



Jeff Cowling Dodson, born in Hot Springs, Ark., on February 28, 1929 to Beth Cowling and Leo Cooksey Dodson, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2008 at Providence Medford Medical Center.



As a teenager, Jeff moved to Berkeley, Calif., where he

graduated high school in 1946. He attended San Francisco City College and transferred to San Francisco State where he planned to major in forestry and physcial education. While in college he lettered in track and received several awards. There he met and married Ann M. Walker and they had three sons, Mark Sabine (deceased), Peter Miles, and Russell

Jefferson. They later divorced.



He served in the Korean War as a Navy radio operator, stationed in Guam and the Philippines. After the war he was employed by Pacific Bell Telephone (AT&T) in San Francisco, Calif., and in 1977 was transferred to the Medford office and lived in Merlin with his wife, Mary Josephine Carlson.



On May 12, 1984 he married Myra Archer in Rogue River. Upon his retirement of 30 years service with the Bell System they made their home in Wimer before moving to Grants Pass in 1990. He enjoyed a small home business,

manufacturing educational rubber stamps. In 2004 they moved to Medford. He attended the First Baptist Church of

Medford. They enjoyed traveling and cruises to Maui, Alaska, Mexico, and Central America.



He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Cooksey Dodson; one sister, Jo Cowling Raleigh; and son, Mark Sabine Dodson.



He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Myra; two sons, Peter Miles of Woodside, Calif., and Russell Jefferson of Redding, Calif.; three step-children, Michael Archer of Napa, Calif., Melissa Archer Berge and Alison I. Chandler, both of Ashland; 10 grandchildren, Jacob, Peter J., Timothy, Bethany, Jared, Hillary, Allegra, Emma, Austin, and Aaron; and one great-grandchild, Kaylie.



He will be greatly missed by all and remembered for his quick wit, "Arkansas sayings," winning smile and baby-blue eyes. Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church,

Medford, or to your favorite charities.



A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church on February 23, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Eagle Point

National Cemetery.