Charles Felix Dodson

Charles Felix Dodson

November 22, 1923 - August 11, 2010

Charles Felix Dodson

November 22, 1923 - August 11, 2010


Charles F. Dodson, a resident of Falmouth, Massachusetts, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed peacefully with his family by his side in Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, California on August 11th.

Born in McMinnville, Tennessee, son of Venus and Mariah Dodson he was raised in Tennessee. He attended Cumberland University and the University of North Carolina. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941. While serving in the North Atlantic in 1942, he survived the sinking of the USS Pollux off the coast of Newfoundland. Thereafter, he was accepted into the Naval Aviation Cadet program, received his wings and commission in November 1943, and served in the South Pacific area. After his discharge in the Naval Air Corp in 1945, Mr. Dodson remained in the active Naval Reserve until 1964.

Following his Active Military service, he earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Northeastern University and helped establish the law firm of Wolfson, Dodson, Keenen and Cotton. He actively practiced Law with this firm in Worcester, MA until 1998.

Since 2003, after forming the Hermann Foundation, a well-known charitable group that has provided significant contributions to public charities, Attorney Dodson served as president and also on the board of directors.

An avid golfer and traveler, he was a member of the Woods Hole, MA Golf Club and the Bella Colina Golf Club in San Clemente, California. He vacationed in California and Spain.

Charles is survived by his wife of 67 years Phyllis Argento Dodson; daughters, Maria Dodson Starzyk and Melissa Dodson; granddaughters Kerry E. Starzyk and Jennifer L. Starzyk and son-in-law Edward S.Starzyk and many nieces and nephews.

Private services were held in California and a celebration of Charles’ life will be held at a later date.

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28 responses to Charles Felix Dodson

  1. Rich Starzyk says:

    My sincere condolensces to all his family and friends.

  2. Dear Aunt Phyllis,

    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Uncle Charlie. We have such wonderful childhood memories of families times together. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. God Bless you all.

  3. Dear Melissa,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the passing of your father. Although you and I haven’t seen each other in many years, I always remember our friendship as kids and teenagers. I particularly remember us playing in your yard on Homer Street when we were in kindergarten at Lee Street School. Mr. Dodson impressed me even then as a very nice person and loving father to you and your sister. I wish you well during this time.
    Kathy Holly Villemure

  4. Kelly Cate says:

    I will always have fond memories of the week I spent in Cape Cod last summer. Mr. Dodson was a wonderful person and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  5. We shared many good time with Charlie “Felix’ Dodson. He was a good person and a great friend who made the lives of those he touch better. He will be greatly missed by many. Our deepest sympathy to Phyllis and the family at your time of loss.

    Louis and Laurel Ciprari

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