Johnny Lee Dawson, 79 of Deport

johnnydawsonJohnny Lee Dawson, Jr., 79 of the Hoovertown Community of Lamar County, passed away on April 16, 2014 at his home.

He was a rancher, chairman of Deacons and Active Member of the First Baptist Church of Deport.  He was the President of the Deport Volunteer Fire Department, a certified First Responder and a member for over 40 years.  He was born on February 27, 1935, the son of Johnny Dawson, Sr. and Josie Thomas Dawson.  His mother died when he was a baby and he was raised by his Aunt, Bertha Thomas.  He married Carol Ann Mayes on July 10, 1955.

.Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Carol Mayes Dawson.  Four Children:  Johnny Dawson III and wife, Patricia; Josie Lisa Wright and husband, Kyle, all of Hoovertown; Mark Dawson and wife, Deborah of Detroit and Rachel Talley and husband, Eric of Arlington; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one brother, Alvin Dawson and wife, Lou of Arlington and step sister, Bertha Lou Tinkle of Ft. Worth.  He was also predeceased by a sister, Mildred Smith.

Funeral Services have been scheduled for Saturday, April 19   at 10:00am in the First Baptist Church of Deport with Reverend Ronald Barnett and Jerry Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.  The family will receive friend from 7-8pm on Friday night at the funeral home.

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  1. Sue Munday says:

    Carol – You will remember me as Sue Smallwood. I am so sorry to hear about your Johnny’s death. I know exactly what you are feeling, as I lost my first husband in 1972. Please let all your sweet memories give you comfort at this time. I pray that God will bless you and your children as you mourn for him. Love, Sue Smallwood Williamson Munday

  2. Cynthia Ann ashby smith says:

    May he walk with my grand mother Mildred in peace and no pain. I have never met a more sweet or honest Christian man in my life. He has raised such an awesome family that will carry on his memories and love and the word of god. Love to all the family miss you all

  3. Royce & Janet fouse says:

    So sorry for the Dawson family. Johnny was a good customer & loved to make people laugh

  4. Chuck Rater says:

    I was sorry to hear about Johnny, Lisa & Mark’s dad passing. I think that I met him one time while in high school. It is very hard to let go of your parents when you lose them b/c the mean so much to you. You can always cherish the memories & keep them in a safe place. Take Care & Best Wishes to each of you and your families & Mom.

    Lisa, please forward my apology to Kyle for not thinking about this type of media last year when his dad passed also.



  5. Dear Mrs. Dawson, and family,

    Of course everyone knew who Mr. Dawson was when he walked in a building. A gentleman with a big heart who made sure to say “Hello” or “Hi”. Always with a smile to greet people.He was at the basketball games, Lisa’s was chosen as one of the top girls at halftime in a contest.Mr. Johnny Dawson loved his wife, children,and grandchildren. He loved farming, life,When I read about Mr. Dawson. I was shocked and disbelief.A man like he was would live forever.I don’t think he ever met a person he didn’t like.You are in our thoughts and prayers.He will live in our hearts for he had a bigger heart as Big As Texas. Keep the faith, each other close, and share stories and memories of him. That maybe no one else knows.Love To All

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