F, b. 14 March 1902, d. 16 September 1958
Effie Cooper and John Dodd
Effie Pearl Cooper
was born on 14 March 1902 at DeWitt County, Texas. The 1910 Federal Census enumerated her as a member of Marshall Jerone Cooper's
household; Cooper, Marshall, head, m/w/37, married 10 years, born Texas, father and mother born Alabama, farmer, renter, Addie M., wife, f/w/34, 7 children, born Texas, father and mother born Texas, Amy G., daughter, f/w/9, born Texas, Effie, f/w/8, born Texas, Sylvester, son, m/w/6, born Texas, Earl W.m/w/4, born Texas, Lee D., son, m/w/2, born Texas, Jewell, daughter, f/w/ 0/12, born Texas, Newell, son, m/w/0/12, born Texas, Amy H, mother, f/w/74, 7 children, 5 alive, born Alabama, father and mother born North Carolina. The 1930 Federal Census enumerated her as head of household on 12 April 1930 Precinct 1, Houston, Harris County, Texas; living as lodger in household of Janie Wallace Hale at 1111 Fannin St., cashier at a shoe store. Found John P. Dodd at 1219 Providence Street, roomer, age 58, widow, age 24 at first marriage, born Texas, father born Tennessee, mother born Mississippi, Salvation Army solicitor. Effie Pearl Cooper married John P. Dodd
in 1937. Effie Pearl Dodd and Jewel Lillie Cooper
owned and operated a Baptist Book Store and day nursery on Irvington Street in Houston. The 1940 Federal Census enumerated Effie Pearl Dodd as a member of John P. Dodd
's household; worked as a solicitor for Salvation Army. Effie Pearl Dodd and John P. Dodd
were divorced. Effie Pearl Dodd died on 16 September 1958 at 3917 Irvington, Houston, at age 56 and was buried at Hollywood Cemetery. "Mrs Effie Pearl Cooper Dodd was about 25 years old, living at home with her family and doing seamstress work, when she felt the call to preach. From then on her life was devoted to religion.
She preached the Full Gospel doctrine for the Pentecostal movement. She once had her own church at Bertram for three years. She traveled to many Texas towns as substitute preacher or evangelist.
Born in DeWitt County, on the family farm, she was the second eldest of nine children; it was in helping to rear them that she learned to ply her needle so artfully.
A large woman, about six feet tall, with a kind, friendly face, she had nimble fingers that could sew the most delicate of stitches or twist colored paper into lovely flowers. Some of her work was for gifts, some for sale for funds for the church.
She was 35 when she married a Spanish-American War veteran 21 years ago. Mrs Dodd came to Houston in 1926. Ill for seven years, she lived with a sister, Miss Jewell Cooper, at 3917 Irvington Blvd.
Baptized at Irvington Pentecostal Church, she was a state worker with young people for the Pentecostal movement, and many pastors throughout the state first got their start under her leadership. 'Often she'd put some of the more timid ones on the young people's program to help them get confidence,' Miss Cooper said.
Mrs Mary Bowen, Irvington Pentecostal pastor, said Mrs Dodd 'blessed the lives of others and felt she was prepared to meet the Lord.'
All 35 members of her church choir took time off from their jobs today to sing at services for her in the church this morning."