Steve "Junior" Dodd, 52, has died.
He was a longtime member of the Firedancers and spent countless hours raising money for various charities. His last individual effort was his Christmas show that raised $1,000 worth of food of the Resource Center of Dallas food pantry.
He leaves behind many friends and club brothers who will miss him and his warped sense of humor.
There will be a celebration of Dodd’s life Saturday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. at The Hidden Door, 5052 Bowser St.
The Firedancers request that donations in Dodd’s name be made to Legacy Founders Cottage where he spent the final days of his life with the wonderful and caring staff, volunteers and friends.
Michael E. Stanley, 45, of Borger, Texas, and a former resident of Dallas, died in Borger on April 26. Cremation was under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
Stanley was born in Borger but had lived in the Dallas area, with the exception of three years in Los Angeles, from the early 1980s until recently, when he moved back home to Borger to help care for his grandparents. He briefly attended North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, in the early 1980s and worked as a SQL database administrator/developer and consultant for Microsoft in Dallas for several years.
"Me-gene" was the type of person one rarely meets in a lifetime. He loved everyone and all loved him in return. He could make computers turn back flips and was a walking encyclopedia on every subject. He loved dance music and often could be seen out carrying a favorite tambourine. He lived for many years in the Oak Lawn area and his usual costume was blue jeans, white T-shirt, and white baseball cap.
In recent years he returned to Borger to become a rock for his entire family, especially his mother, as they cared for "Granny" and "Pawpaw." His influence spread to the entire community. People called on him for every imaginable job. He never said no, and he could do anything. His friends in Dallas also knew his great generosity and happy spirit.
He is survived by his mother, Edith Stanley of Borger; his father Harold Stanley of Lubbock; and his sister Diana Stanley of San Jose, Calif. Memorials may be made to Odyssey Health Care, 6900 I-40 West, Suite 150, Amarillo, Texas 79106.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 21, 2008.