Pastor David R. Dodridge

May 22, 1937 ‒ July 13, 2017

Howard, Ohio

Pastor David R. Dodridge, 80, of Howard finished his race on Thursday morning, July 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. Dave was born May 22, 1937 in Scioto County to the late Arnold and Opal (Childers) Dodridge.

Dave and his wife, Teresa served the Lord for over 54 years at several churches in Ohio that included, Perry Chapel Baptist Church, Ostrander Baptist Church, Seville First Baptist Church, Newport Baptist Church, Brandon Baptist Church and Clear Fork Baptist Church.  He also served as an interim Pastor at Clark Township Baptist Church and Liberty Concord Baptist Church.  Dave was a member of the Gem and Mineral Club in Akron and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and making jewelry.

Dave is survived by his wife of 54 years, Teresa (Yant) Dodridge; daughter, Julie (Mike) Gonser of Largo, FL; grandsons, Erik Rockhold of Akron and Aaron Rockhold of Cuyahoga Falls; great grandchildren, Keira and Wyatt Rockhold; sisters, Linda Agin, Nancy Bost, Eva Robbins, Lois McElwee and Debbie Schoener; brothers, John, Jim, Randy and Bob Dodridge; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Lucas; and brothers, Don and Gerald Dodridge.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of a funeral service celebrating the life of Dave at Noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Perry Chapel Baptist Church, 19476 Perry Township Road 380, Warsaw.  Pastor David Fowls will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Perry Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or to the Upwards Program at Perry Chapel Baptist Church.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Pastor David R. Dodridge.


  • Teresa and family
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, Pastor Dave. Having experienced watching someone you love suffer inpain and then transition into heaven to be with their beloved is both beautiful and sad. My prayers as you walk the journey before you.
    Live in Christ
    Brenda Donegan

  • Dear Teresa,

    How sorry I was to learn of Dave’s death. He was a faithful servant of God and a respected colleague and friend. Tom and I will be keeping you and your family in prayer.

    Grace and Peace,

    Mary Miller

  • Teresa and family,

    Such a special man! We know that you will feel Dave’s loss keenly, even as you rejoice for him that He is with His Lord. We feel blessed to have known both of you. Bob and I are praying for peace and comfort for you during this trying time. He was such an especial blessing to the Mohican Association, and we remember all the good times with you both at our pastors’ retreats.

    Sheryl and Bob Hendrix

  • Dear Theresa,

    We were so sorry to hear about David’s passing. Having gone through this too/. We know the pain and sorrow. Our prayers are with you and your families. God Bless you and know he will be greatly missed.

  • Teresa and Family

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one David. David will be greatly missed but we give glory to god he is home continuing serving the lord. He was a wonderful pastor as well as friend.