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In Memory of

Nell White Dodd

August 25, 1920 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


DODD, Nell Drake White, widow of Dr. J.R.White, Jr., died November 23 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1920, daughter of the late V.P.Drake and Margaret Willis Drake. She was a graduate of Bethel College and the University of Kentucky with a degree in physical education. In 1941, she married J.R.White and they moved to DeFuniak Springs, Florida, where he served as pastor of the First Baptist Church, and she as pastor's wife. Later they served together at First Baptist Church in Ft. Pierce, FL, and at Main Street Baptist...

DODD, Nell Drake White, widow of Dr. J.R.White, Jr., died November 23 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1920, daughter of the late V.P.Drake and Margaret Willis Drake. She was a graduate of Bethel College and the University of Kentucky with a degree in physical education. In 1941, she married J.R.White and they moved to DeFuniak Springs, Florida, where he served as pastor of the First Baptist Church, and she as pastor's wife. Later they served together at First Baptist Church in Ft. Pierce, FL, and at Main Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. In 1957, they moved to Montgomery, Alabama, with their three children. They served at First Baptist Church, Montgomery for 23 years. During these important years, Nell and J.R. were peacemakers in a tumultuous Montgomery. Nell taught elementary school at Forest Avenue, and supported the ministries at First Baptist, teaching youth and young children. They retired in 1979.

Nell was widowed in 1985, when Dr. White passed on to heaven. In 1988, Nell married Ernest W. Dodd, who was Sunday School Superintendent at FBC. He was a Veteran of WWII, where he served as a SeaBee. After the war, Bill worked for the State of Alabama, designing and building most of the bridges in Alabama. Bill passed in May, 2001.

Nell was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Drake Parks. Survivors are brother, Vaughn P. Drake of Lexington, KY; daughters, Margaret White Flanders, Beverly White Irvin; and son, Dr. J. Robert White. She is survived by seven grandchildren: Cindy Noll Houttekier, Steve Noll, Kathy White David, Karen White Lillard, Jennifer White Millage, Lt Col Bill Irvin, and David Irvin. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1, with Visitation beginning at 12:30 at First Baptist Church, 305 So.Perry St., Montgomery, 36104, in the Stakely Sanctuary where Dr. White preached for 23 years. The service will be conducted by Dr. J. Robert White and Kenny Hoomes, with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bryan David, Jon Houttekier, Lt Col Bill Irvin, Stephen Lillard, Dr. Aaron Millage, and Steve Noll.

Flowers are appreciated, or in lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to the First Baptist Foundation or to Mission Dignity at missiondignity.org.

Condolences may be offered at www.leak-mc.com Leak Memory Chapel Directing.