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“Duane and Anne,I felt like my childhood died with Loren. I first reconnected with him when I brought him home from Gainesville and had run into him...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Dena Garvin - Hahira, GA

“Miss you and that contagious Smile. Love ya buddy:( ”
2 of 32 | Posted by: Debbie Tremblay - Navarre, FL


3 of 32 | Posted by: Victoria Crews Burke - Valdosta, GA

“Duane and Anne, I am so sorry to hear Loren passed away, please accept my condolences. ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Ann McMichen - Valdosta, GA

“Duane and Anne: We didn't know Loren but wanted to offer our condolences to you. Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers as you and your...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Mary Jane and Al Rakel - Tucker, GA

“We share our prayers and condolence, in patience and endurance. ”
6 of 32 | Posted by: B. T. ROSE JR. - Valdosta, 31601, GA

“Duane & Ann, I was so very sorry to hear of Loren's death. Please know that I am thinking of you both during this sad time! Carole ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Carole Stembridge Ausum - GA

“Duane, I am so sorry about your loss. It has been so many years since seeing you and wanted extend my deepest sympathy. ”
8 of 32 | Posted by: George Flythe - Athens, GA

“My prayers are with his family. His smile I never forget. Lovved both of them and all the good times we had. I was leasing manager at Paddock ...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Joan Burford - GA

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10 of 32 | Posted by: Joan Burford - GA

“It was an honor to have known such a wonderful man. His love of life, his infectious sense of humor, and his ever-present smile will be missed by so...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Ann Harris - Dover, DE

“Duane and Family. Diane and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of Loren. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 32 | Posted by: Graham & Diane Fiveash - Valdosta, GA

“I remember Loren fondly from VHS and he always had the most positive outlook, infectious laugh, he would light up the room when he walked in. So...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Dana Reeves Clemens - Seattle, WA

“Wishing you peace to bring comfort and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. I've fond memories of Loren all through school and was actually...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Beth George Cleveland - Canton, GA

“So sorry to hear of Loren's death, but Heaven sure got an Angel when they got Loren. He will be missed by many. What a very special man he was. Love...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Jennie Henry Miley - Hahira, GA

“Dear Dodson family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Loren was a very special man. I worked with him at UST and he always worked hard...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Don Nabi - McDonough, GA

“I only had the opportunity to meet Loren one time with one of his dear friends. Right away his smile and true southern gentleman ways shined through....Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Donna Hudson - Valdosta, GA

“To the family of Loren Dodson: My name is Coach Butch Brooks, and I coached Loren for 3 years in football at Valdosta High School. He was one of the...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Coach Butch Brooks - Valdosta, GA

“Left us way too early but, will not be forgotten. Prayers to all for comfort during this time. Will truly miss the laughs from his fb post..which...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Stephanie Stallings - Acworth, GA

“Duane and family, we are so sorry to hear about Loren! We know he is in a better place now and he will be reunited with his wife, your mother and...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Jan & Warren Roberts, Jr. (Flash) - SC

“Dear Dodson family and friends please know we share in the grief at the lost of Loren. We keep you lifted in prayer that God will comfort,...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Jim & Jeanette West - Lake City, FL

“I am so sorry for you lose. Loren will be dearly missed by so many. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Ed Garvin - VALDOSTA, GA

“I'm so very, very sad, just as I know so many others are. Loren had the amazing ability to make anyone who knew him feel happy, no matter what. He'll...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Pam Maturi Carter - Albany, GA

“To: The Dodson Family.I am sorry for your lost.May your love for Loren and the memories shared,may they comfort you. ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: R.Gaines - Warrensville Heights, OH

“We have all lost a good friend. God provided us with a blessing by knowing Loren, thank you Lord! Sledge we miss you already.RIP. ”
25 of 32 | Posted by: Tony Dasher - Valdosta, GA

“so sory about the loss of Loren.ButI'm glad I got to know him and call him my friend.he will be sadley missed by all his friends in Valdosta. My...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Marilyn Ellis - Valdosta, GA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you experience such a great loss. Truly one of the greatest people I have ever known. Heaven gained and...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Mary Sue Buck - Ocala, FL

“Loren has been my closest, dearest friend for the last 4 years. He was a true blessing to me as he brought laughter, encouragement and love into my...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Elaine Brooks - Valdosta, GA

“Duane and family--Rick and I are so sorry to hear about Loren. Though I had not seen him in a while I did think about him often. There are so many...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Rick and Kathy Green - Hahira, GA

“I am proud to have been able to call you my friend. You ARE missed.. ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Robin Denzer Evans - Valdosta, GA

“R.I.P.my sweet, sweet friend, i already miss your daily pokes here on fb....still can't believe i will never chat with u again...heaven sure got an...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: robbie adams - QUITMAN, GA

“Duane and family, I am so sorry . I know of no one who has brought more love and joy to this world than Loren.He has left high standards for us left...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Barbara Pitts Baudo - Kennesaw, GA


Loren Drue Dodson, 57, of Valdosta, GA, passed away on October 30, 2013, in Ocala, FL. He was born on October 2, 1956, in Valdosta. He graduated from Valdosta High School in 1974 and attended Valdosta State College. While at VHS, he played football for the Wildcats under Coach Wright Bazemore and proudly wore #73. Loren was employed by Tri-State Supply Co. in Valdosta and U.S. Tobacco Co. in Ocala, FL. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Valdosta and the Outlaw Sunday School class. Loren loved his family and friends, along with Facebook, Georgia football, the Atlanta Braves, NASCAR, country music, a good joke and karaoke. He will long be remembered for his ever-present smile and good humor, his loyalty to all those he loved and his unbelievable courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. One of his many Facebook friends posted this, which best expresses the sentiment of so many: "The true measure of a man's success is in the quality and quantity of the people who love him. To Loren "Sledge" Dodson, my most successful friend." Preceded in death by his wife, Tanya Brooks Dodson and his parents, Fred and Mary Dodson, Loren is survived by a brother and sister in law, Duane E. and Anne Dodson of Panama City Beach, FL; nephews, Drew ( Lindley) Dodson of Austin, TX, Russell (Katherine) Dodson of Miami Beach, FL; and a great niece, Shaw Dodson of Austin, TX. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home. Reverend Mac Weaver will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday at the funeral home from 1 – 3 p.m. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association PO Box 11454 Alexandria VA 22312, or to First Baptist Church 200 West Central Avenue Valdosta GA 31601. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.

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