Charles O'Gwynn Dawson

February 9, 1934May 28, 2021

Charles “O’Gwynn” Dawson, devoted husband and father, passed away on May 28, 2021. He was 87 years old. O’Gwynn was born on February 9, 1934, in Barnett’s Crossroads, Escambia County, Alabama to Charles Edward Dawson and Clara Elmira Dawson. He lived there until he graduated from high school and moved to Mobile, Alabama where he worked for McGowin-Lyons Hardware & Supply Co. While living in Mobile, O’Gwynn met the love of his life, Mary Butts, whom he married in May of 1953. O’Gwynn and Mary moved to New Orleans in 1966 when O’Gwynn took a job with JNO Worner and Son, where he worked until he retired in 2005, following Hurricane Katrina. O’Gwynn is survived by his beloved wife Mary B. Dawson, his children, Charles Michael Dawson, Karen Elizabeth Dawson, and David Jerome Dawson (Karen); grandchildren Brian Dawson (Nicole), Lindsay Dawson, Sarah Dawson, James Parker (Meghan), Jamie Gilly (David), Emily Eppolito, Tori Hudspeth (Travis), Ryan, Megan, & Braden Dawson; and great-grandchildren Nolan and Rylee Parker, Makayla Parker, Michael & Madelyn Gilly, and Jeremiah Hudspeth. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Edward O’Neil Dawson, Gerald Dawson, and Douglas Dawson. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice are preferred. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service at GRACE FUNERAL HOME, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, Louisiana, on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:00. Visitation will begin at 4:00 in the afternoon. Interment will take place in Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00. An online guestbook is available at


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021


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James Farr

June 7, 2021

Back in the late 70's when I was beginning my architecture career I was working with Stewart Farnet's office and learning my trade. One day when I was working on learning about hardware I was instructed to "Go see O'Gwynne at Jno Worner and he'll help you figure out all of the hardware for your preservation project". I did as I was told and met my first specialist in preservation.
Many many times O'Gwynne helped me figure out multiple ways to solve all sorts of problems with an unbelievable knowledge about sources and means to solve problems.
Beside being knowledgeable he was a prince of a guy to work with. He really knew his field and was happy to share some of his knowledge with all of us. The Architecture Profession will miss his knowledge and expertise. I will miss him as a colleague.

Bill Bailey

June 4, 2021

I graduated from college in 1966 and went to work for my stepfather Jno Worner Jr. That is when I met O'Gwynn. He had just started working for Jno. Worner. We became good friends and to this very day I have always remembered him as a true gentleman and a man of the highest moral and ethical standards. I left Jno. Worner and Son in1971 to pursue my career elsewhere and except for a very few occasions early on, lost touch with O'Gwynn. I have such fond memories of our estimating group at Jno. Worner: Jimmy Knight, Hartley Schrenk, O'Gwynn and myself. Being the youngest in the group, I am the only survivor of our department.
Mary, it has been so, so many years since I have seen or spoken to you, but from the bottom of our hearts, Joan and I are so saddened to hear of O'Gwynn's passing and please know that we have you, O'Gwynn, and you entire family in our prayers and mass intentions.
God Bless you all and may O'Gwynn Rest in the Peace of our loving and merciful Lord.

Joan and Bill Bailey
Mandeville, Louisians

Kenny Spellman

June 4, 2021

On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and Brother Martin High School, I offer our prayers and condolences. We will say a Mass in his memory.

Father of all, we pray to you for Charles, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Kenny Spellman ’84
Brother Martin High School

Tami Menard

June 3, 2021

Mr. Charles was a man of God. Very soft spoken, loving, kind and a great step in dad. We could talk about anything but most of all we would have our talks over God and how wonderful He is.
This man was there for me through the bad times with my sons and also when my dad passed away.
He always made me laugh and smile. He was full of energy and joy.
He was a great caregiver to his wife and family; never thought about himself always doing for others.
Mr. Charles, I will see you again and may the Heavens be as glorious and beautiful as God says. Miss you and love you.