Windell R. Doddy

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     Professor Windell Rudolph Doddy was born to the late Vernon Ray and Merlene Doddy on June 07, 1954. He accepted the Lord as his personal      saviour from an early age at the Shady Grove Baptist Church. From 1st to 11th grade, he attended Central Grove School in Cason (an all black school) In 1971 he started his senior year at Daingerfield High School from which he graduated in 1972. He then went on to graduate from Jarvis Christian College in 1978 with honors with a degree in Sociology and went on to earn a masters degree from East Texas State University in Commerce in 1976. He began teaching at Jarvis Christian College in 1978 and moved to Northeast Texas Community College in 1999 where he taught for 21 years until he retired in 2020.
     He met and married Lenora A. Caraballo on December 22, 1979. He later re-married her on June 28, 2008 after years of being apart. He joined the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity in 1980. He served as the Chapter's Social Action       Director and was an active member until his death.

     He loved traveling and traveled extensively. His travels took him to Hong Kong and Korea in 1994. Domestically, he traveled in over 40 states. He loved people and has given lectures through out Texas about diversity, history, race, and of course relationships—marriage and family. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way and touched many lives with his generosity of his knowledge and experienced passion for life. He lived life to the fullest with simple pleasures such as reading, especially comic books,  fishing, and watching movies.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Ray and Merlene G. Doddy; grandparents, Jummie and Ruth Gholston (Hamilton), Nathaniel and Semmie Doddy; brother, Robert Earl Peters; sister-in-law, Katie Peters; and sister, Semia Young

     He left to mourn, his loving wife, Lenora; his son, Kelvin Brown; his sister, Marine Brown Lawton (Wilbert); his brother, Robin Ray Doddy (Jeanette); his sister April Hanson; his brother-in-law, Victor Young; and a granddaughter; his aunts, Peggy Doddy, Doretha Mizell ,and Willie Jane Stern; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, friends and colleagues.Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Northeast Texas Community College Auditorium. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs. Mr. Doddy will lie in state from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the the funeral home.
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  1. Condolences to the Robin & Dotty Family in the of your love one. Praying for you and the total family, including extended family. God be with you.

  2. Praying your family will be surrounded by God's comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time.

  3. I knew Windell from our days at Jarvis. He was a very dear friend to me. He will be missed. RIH my dear, sweet friend. My sincerest condolences go out to the Doddy family. May God give you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow.

  4. Please accept my condolences for your loss. May the Holy Spirit comfort your heart, mind and emotions and not allow you to be overwhelmed with grief.

  5. Intellectually enlightened, keen-witted and a genuine people person are all apt descriptions of the brother I met when I began teaching at Jarvis Christian College in 1980. Although our professional pathways moved us in different directions, my admiration and respect for him never diminished. He was an East Texas original, and our family’s prayers are for Lenora, his son and other family members, friends, classmates, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters and others who knew and loved this remarkable man.

  6. Earth has no hurt that heaven can’t heal! Precious memories! My, how they linger of times spent in this family’s household! This family remains in my heart for all of eternity!

  7. ALL E TX has lost a Legend who left a Legacy of Light & Love. May Holy Spirit surround ALL his "Nearest & Dearest" with our Lord's comfort, strength & encouragement, during this time of temporary separation.
    Blessings Abundant!
    Beverly A Brooks
    Public Safety Planner – Criminal Justice
    E TX Council of Governments

  8. Brother Doddy was an awesome inspiration to me as a young man entering life. He taught me how go above and beyond when it came to intelligence and respect. I’ll cherish our memories together forever. May his memories be a blessing to us all. On behalf of the Phi Beta Sigma & Zeta Phi Beta Fraternity & Sorority, our condolences to the family.

  9. So Sorry for your lost. Your family is in my prayers. Believe and Trust in God He makes no mistakes🌹

  10. Fare thee well unto paradise o kindred spirit, for so rarely a soul that could be met and mean so very much. A mentor, and further more a dearest friend and companion, to almost everyone whom he met. Whether in class or everyday after classes let out, talking for hours on end about life and the beauty in every moment of it. My deepest condolences for the family and for everyone whom surely miss him dearly and for every student whom he taught and learned so much more from than any textbook ever could.
    May He Rest In Peace.
    But shall always be remembered.
    "Perhaps someday too, we shall meet again. Much like in such stories told on forever, on the distant shores of Xanadu"

  11. Praying for the entire family. Rest in Peace cousin. Always full of laughter when we would see each other.

  12. Mr. Doddy was a dear teacher and friend to me and so many others. We talked every day after class about life and nerdom and became really great friends. He will be greatly missed and I hope to see him again someday. Rest In Peace My Friend

  13. Thanks for the good times we shared in school and as college roommates. We have a lifetime of good memories of how Wendell made us laugh. Deepest condolences to the family.

  14. I would like for the family to know we are praying for y’all and for our class. Wendy was a very smart funny and intelligent man and we are going to miss him. Rest In Peace

  15. Dear Doddy Family,
    I had the pleasure of teaching Windell as a student when he attended Jarvis. After he completed graduate, I had the pleasure of recommending him for a position on the faculty at Jarvis. He joined the faculty and became a success as an instructor. He became an inspiration to many.
    We are blessed that he lived and worked with us as a contributing member of the Jarvis Family.
    My prayers are with the family at this time.
    Dr Mary McKinney Jones

  16. May God comfort Your Family,I know He will be missed by All who knew and loved him. Rest easy Windy.

  17. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. God's peace Isaiah 43:1-2

  18. Mr. Doddy was one of a kind. He was original and his class allowed you to think out of the box and encouraged imagination to achieve what seemed unattainable. My prayers to his family and others who loved him.

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