OBITUARY

Joseph Russell Dawson, Jr.

March 3, 1926May 31, 2021
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With great sadness, the family of Joseph Russell Dawson, Jr., known to his friends as Buddy, announces his passing on Monday, May 31st, 2021, at the age of 95.

Buddy was a World War II veteran and served in the army. He retired from Memphis Light Gas and Water after 30 years of service. From 1976 to 1991, Buddy worked for the City of Bartlett Code Enforcement. He was also a former Elder at Decatur Trinity Christian Church and an avid golfer throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents Della Wheat Dawson and Joseph R Dawson, Sr., his wife of 37 years, Esther Crook Dawson and his sisters; Geneva Rasbach, Gennette Gray, and L.V. Crone.

He is survived by his children; Joseph R Dawson, III, Marilyn Dawson Mercer (Keith), Carolyn Dawson Cates (Hal), and Tommy Dawson (Beverly), his brother, Charles Dawson, his grandchildren, Matthew Mercer, Jacob Mercer (Emily), Katie Boyd (Austin), Chris Cates (Kate), Candace Reid (Kevin), Chelsea Brooks (Steven), Chris Mull, Gabby Cutlip (David), and Noah Dawson and 7 great grandchildren.

A visitation for Joseph will be held Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM.

Memorial donations in memory of Joseph Dawson may be made to American Heart Association PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralGermantownParkway.com for the Dawson family.

  • FAMILY

  • Della Wheat Dawson and Joseph R Dawson, Sr., Parents (deceased)
  • Esther Crook Dawson, Wife of 37 Years (deceased)
  • Geneva Rasbach, Gennette Gray, and L.V. Crone, Sisters
  • Joseph R Dawson, III, Marilyn Dawson Mercer (Keith), Carolyn Dawson Cates (Hal), and Tommy Dawson (Beverly), Children
  • Charles Dawson, Brother
  • Matthew Mercer, Jacob Mercer (Emily), Katie Boyd (Austin), Chris Cates (Kate), Candace Reid (Kevin), Chelsea Brooks (Steven), Chris Mull, Gabby Cutlip (David), and Noah Dawson, Grandchildren
  • Seven, Great Grandchildren
  • DONATIONS

  • American Heart Association

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, June 6, 2021

  • Reception

    Sunday, June 6, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service

Memories

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charlie jackson

June 6, 2021

always enjoyed golf with Buddy , he always looked me up prior to start to speak to me. I have a picture of Buddy and me on the golf course and I treasure it. I enjoy golf with these guys and Buddy will be missed. Charlie

Janet Williams Kirkendoll

June 3, 2021

Buddy, Charles and my dad Bob Williams grew up together and also went to theological school together. Dad always was very fond of Buddy and considered him a brother. Very good man!!! I know dad and him are sharing a renewed friendship with all their families. On behalf of the Williams clan condolences to the Dawson family.🙏🏻🤗❤️

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

With great sadness, the family of Joseph Russell Dawson, Jr., known to his friends as Buddy, announces his passing on Monday, May 31st, 2021, at the age of 95.

Buddy was a World War II veteran and served in the army. He retired from Memphis Light Gas and Water after 30 years of service. From 1976 to 1991, Buddy worked for the City of Bartlett Code Enforcement. He was also a former Elder at Decatur Trinity Christian Church and an avid golfer throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents Della Wheat Dawson and Joseph R Dawson, Sr., his wife of 37 years, Esther Crook Dawson and his sisters; Geneva Rasbach, Gennette Gray, and L.V. Crone.

He is survived by his children; Joseph R Dawson, III, Marilyn Dawson Mercer (Keith), Carolyn Dawson Cates (Hal), and Tommy Dawson (Beverly), his brother, Charles Dawson, his grandchildren, Matthew Mercer, Jacob Mercer (Emily), Katie Boyd (Austin), Chris Cates (Kate), Candace Reid (Kevin), Chelsea Brooks (Steven), Chris Mull, Gabby Cutlip (David), and Noah Dawson and 7 great grandchildren.

A visitation for Joseph will be held Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM.

Memorial donations in memory of Joseph Dawson may be made to American Heart Association PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralGermantownParkway.com for the Dawson family.