FIRST STORIES: Doc and Gayle Dodson

The sharing of life stories is immensely important, imparting the knowledge and wisdom gained through a lifetime of experiences from one generation. Hearing such stories enriches all the listeners, providing both encouragement and the challenge to model such a well-lived life. The tradition of imparting generational accounts around a fire reaches back to the beginning of the human experience. First Stories is a winter series where once a month listeners gather around the Main Street Café fireplace to hear a longtime member of First Methodist share his or her life story in an intimate session. The events are recorded and become a part of the church archives and also provide present and future generations the opportunity to hear these stories. So, take your cup of hot chocolate or coffee, find a comfortable spot to sit, and join us virtually beside the fireplace for First Stories.


Doc and Gayle Dodson were the final speakers of the 2018 Winter First Stories series on April 22, which was also Doc’s birthday. The Dodsons shared stories of growing up, coming to Midland, meeting each other, and events from their very active lives as pillars of the Midland community. The audience enjoyed the humorous stories and the family memorabilia pieces on display. The evening culminated with the singing of the Dodsons’ favorite hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” followed by birthday cake for all present!


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