Reverend Donald A. Dawalt

April 4, 1930February 27, 2018
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Asheboro- Reverend Donald A. Dawalt, age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City.

A funeral service celebrating his life and ministry will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, March 2, 2018 at Rushwood Park Wesleyan Church in Asheboro with Reverend Joshua Dawalt, Reverend Jerry Lumston, Reverend Jonathan Lewis, Reverend Dr. Brent Tysinger and Reverend Dr. E. Keith Carroll officiating. Interment will follow at Randolph Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2:00 PM at the church prior to the service.

Rev. Dawalt was a native of Miami County, Indiana and the son of the late Albert Dawalt and the late Laura Kerschner Dawalt. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and served as a pastor with the Wesleyan Church of America for over forty years. During that time he served as associate pastor of First Wesleyan Church in Gastonia from 1955 – 1956 with emphasis on youth and music; pastor of Mt. Moriah Wesleyan Church of Candler, NC from 1956-1959; First Wesleyan Church (formerly Christenberry Memorial) of Cherryville, NC from 1959-1967; Hayworth Memorial Wesleyan Church of High Point, NC from 1967-1973; Rushwood Park Wesleyan Church in Asheboro, NC from 1973-1980; First Wesleyan Church of Burlington, NC from 1980-1988; First Wesleyan Church in Sanford, NC from 1988-1989; Midway Wesleyan Church in Randleman, NC from 1989-1995 and interim pastored several churches after his retirement in 1995. He attended Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville, NC. He served on the Evangelism and Church Growth Board for over 40 years; the NC District Board of the Wesleyan Church and was Youth Conference President.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Murl Dawalt; sister, Marie Dawalt Fanning; and son-in-law, Reverend Marlin Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Norris Dawalt; four children, Larry Dawalt and wife JoAnn of Charlotte, Susan Johnson of Forest City, Mark Dawalt and wife Marlene of Asheboro, and Donna Rebello and husband Brian of Myrtle Beach; eight grandchildren, Brandon Dawalt and wife Sara, Jessica Bass and husband Kevin, Laura Councell and husband Jonathan, Hannah Wilson and husband Dustin, Joshua Dawalt and wife Keisha, Sara Smith, James Smith and Max Smith; and nine great-grandchildren He is also survived by his brother-in-law Bill Norris (Betty); sister in law Sarah Norris; nieces Peggy Conley (RB), Mary Ann Stine (Stephen), Norma Trump (Ross), Nancy Bacchus and Loretta Huff (Rick); nephews Carl Dawalt (Donna), Jerry Dawalt, David Fanning (Sandy) and many great nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the many friends, acquaintances and health care providers who have been so supportive over the years, especially the staff at the SECU Hospice House in Forest City and Fairhaven of Forest City. We also wish to acknowledge the love and care provided to Dad by our loving sister, Susan, who faithfully served as primary caregiver for almost three years.

Memorial contributions may be made to NC West Evangelism & Church Growth, P.O. Box 5066, High Point, NC 27262; or NC East Evangelism & Church Growth, 1701 Westchester Dr., Suite 300, High Point, NC 27262; or to the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 366, Forest City, NC 28043 or

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point is honored to assist the Dawalt family.


  • Albert Dawalt, Father (deceased)
  • Laura Kerschner Dawalt, Mother (deceased)
  • Evelyn Norris Dawalt, Wife
  • Larry Alan Dawalt, Son
  • Susan Dawalt Johnson, Daughter
  • Mark Dawalt, Son
  • Donna Dawalt Rebello, Daughter
  • Joanne Dawalt, Daughter-in-law
  • Marlene Dawalt, Daughter-in-law
  • Brian Rebello, Son-in-law
  • Murl Dawalt, Brother (deceased)
  • Marie Dawalt Fanning, Sister (deceased)
  • Rev Marlin Johnson, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Brandon Dawalt (Sara), Grandson
  • Jessica Bass (Kevin), Granddaughter
  • Laura Councell (Jonathan), Granddaughter
  • Hannah Wilson (Dustin), Granddaughter
  • Joshua Dawalt (Keisha), Grandson
  • Sara Smith, Granddaughter
  • James D Smith, Grandson
  • Max Smith, Grandson
  • Bill Norris (Betty), Brother-in-law
  • Sarah Norris, Sister-in-law
  • Peggy Conley (RB), Niece
  • Mary Ann Stine (Stephen), Niece
  • Norma Trump (Ross), Niece
  • Nancy Bacchus, Niece
  • Loretta Huff (Rick), Niece
  • Carl Dawalt (Donna), Nephew
  • Jerry Dawalt, Nephew
  • David Fanning (Sandy), Nephew
  • Nine great-grandchildren and many great nieces and nephews.

  • Brandon Dawalt
  • Kevin Bass
  • Jonathan Councell
  • James Smith
  • Max Smith
  • Dustin Wilson
  • Wesleyan pastors of the East and West Districts., Honorary Pallbearers

  • NC West Evangelism & Church Growth
  • NC East Evangelism & Church Growth
  • Hospice of the Carolina Foothills


  • Receiving of Friends

    Friday, March 2, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 2, 2018


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James Smith

May 24, 2018

I wish to share my condolences for the passing of Mr.Dawalt.

I am so sorry for the family and may God Bless his soul and provide comfort to the family.

Susan I see you were primary care giver the last several years. Always a great heart and I loved you and Marlin.

Only the best.

Francesca Paris-Albertson

March 31, 2018

Dear Evelyn and Family,

I am blessed because Rev. Dawalt and you were part of my life and our family at Hayworth Church. Thank you for your years of service and sharing your life and Rev. Dawalt with me, my family, Hayworth Church. and the High Point community.

I was especially touched by Rev. Dawalt during a particularly vulnerable and difficult period of my life. His guiding light, full acceptance, compassion, and love gave me courage to follow my path and my dreams. What he gave to me is a gift that followed me throughout my life and I am so grateful. He knew the wisdom and had the grace of listening without judgement - a rare gift indeed.

Over the years, I have often stopped and given thanks because Rev. Dawalt was really there for me during my late teens and early adulthood. Being with him was a gift in itself. His presence, quick laughter, bright sparkling eyes, and total engagement with the person he was with in the moment was healing. I am so thankful for his presence in my life. He made an incredible, important and lasting positive impact on my life.

I also loved the laughter and banter between Rev. Dawalt and his wife, Evelyn. What a delight it was to watch. I remember Rev. Dawalt laughing because he knew he may of "lost" one or two or maybe three of the rounds and loved it.

His humility was another one of his gems. It was of his deep and abiding spiritual nature. His intelligence was also evident though he never boasted or paraded it. It was just there.

Clearly he was a man of deep prayer and faith. He seemed to always strive to let his light shine and it did.

The world was a better place because of Rev. Dawalt. I miss him. I know you do too. I offer my deepest sympathy to Evelyn and his family. I know your loss if great. May his guiding spirit and light from above continue to sustain you during this difficult time. I'm sorry for your loss.

Francesca Paris-Albertson (aka Frances Albertson)

Ralph Clayton

March 2, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to the Dawalt Family. Don was a dear friend. How blessed the family was to have such a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Ralph & Faye Clayton

Becky Faucette

March 1, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. I'll be remembering all of you during this time. Daniel and I were back yard neighbors with Don and Evelyn when they pastored Midway Wesleyan. I so enjoyed being a part of Midway when they were there. Good memories and wonderful people. Grace and peace to all of you.

David Emery

March 1, 2018

Don Dawalt was one of the most joyful servants of Christ I have ever known. His passion for God and his encouraging spirit will be greatly missed. May God bless his memory and legacy!

Wayne Preusz

March 1, 2018

Dear Family and Friends of Don Dawalt,

Marjorie and I send our love and prayers at the passing of your loved one and our friend. I remember especially the many times Don and I (Wayne) shared early morning conversation either before or after his morning run at district conference. It was quite clear that Don Dawalt wanted to stay healthy physically, but demonstrated also, most of all, that he was determined to keep alive a deep devotion to his Lord. We thank God for the life and ministry of Don Dawalt.

Wayne and Marjorie Preusz

Eddie McClure

February 28, 2018

Pastor Don Dawalt was a friend, colleague, and mentor. A man filled with God's love and a passion for people.