‘We lost a special part of the Roanoke Valley’: People gather at Texas Tavern to remember long-time employee

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — For nearly a century, the Texas Tavern has been a staple in the Roanoke community, and behind the counter, you could find long-time employee Randy Dodd.

“Randy was a quintessential character a hard worker,” said Texas Tavern owner, Matt Bullington.

“He was joyful, he was fun to work with, and always made you laugh,” said co-worker Danny Fralin.

It’s cozy inside Texas Tavern, but when Dodd was working, people say it wasn’t just the food that filled you up. It was the love he expressed.

“Randy just had a special gift about him of no matter how bad things were going, no matter how down you were, when you left you always felt better,” said long-time customer Chad Clark.

“Makes me feel good. To know how many people loved him in Virginia, and how many people he knows in Virginia out of this little building here,” said Dodd’s brother, David Dodd.

People gathered outside the 90-year-old establishment to honor the memory of a friend, brother, and co-worker.

“He always had a joke or something funny to say, and he was just a character, and we need more characters in life,” said Bullington.

Dodd was a loyal employee since 1995.

“If you were regular, he already knew your order and a lot of times already had it waiting for you by the time you got out your car,” said Bullington.

“He always made you laugh, he always made you happy, and he cared about everybody who came through the doors,” said Clark.

With hugs, signs, and stories shared, Dodd’s memory will live on.

“He will never be forgotten,” said Clark. “The Tavern has been here for 90 years, and it will be here for 90 more, and he will always be a part of Texas Tavern.”

“He’s here with us today, he’s smiling down,” said Dodd’s brother.

For information on the GoFundMe page that the family created for Dodd’s funeral arrangements, click here.

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