Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN


Mae O. Dawson

September 27, 1924March 16, 2020

Mae Ola Dawson, age 95, of Knoxville, passed from this life on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Trinity Hills of Knoxville where she lived in the Lighthouse Memory Care Unit. She was of the Baptist faith and formerly a member of McCalla Avenue Baptist Church, Knoxville. Mae was born in Greenville, SC on September 27, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Tryman Rudolph and Sallie Agnes Sammons. Preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Jim and daughter, Peggy Louise; siblings, Jim, Melvin, Lila, Dot Sammons, and Norma Sammons Chandler. Survived by children, Debbie Dawson Drummer (Doug), Rick Dawson, Mike Dawson (Pete Mars); grandchildren, Rusty Drummer and Alyssa Drummer; several nieces and nephews. There will be a graveside service for family and friends on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Lynnhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mae’s memory to Trinity Hills of Knoxville Lighthouse Memory Care Department. Checks should be made to Marshall McCauley, Executive Director and send in care of Rachel Rimmer, Trinity Hills of Knoxville, 4611 Asheville Highway, Knoxville, TN 37914. Arrangements by Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, 2300 Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. Condolences may be offered at www.berrylynnhurst.com


  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 19, 2020


Mae O. Dawson

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Ruth Edwards

March 18, 2020

Debbie and Doug, I was so very sorry to hear of the loss of your precious mother and mother-in-law. Please know that my heart is very touched by your loss, sorrow and heartache.

Although I never knew your mother, I know from personal experience how you are feeling and what you're going through at this most difficult time. I pray that God surrounds you with the same Divine peace and strength that He has blessed me with these last 3 months since I lost my precious husband. I pray you will feel His strength and comfort that can only come from Him.

Please know you will be in my prayers and that God has promised that He will be with you every single step that you take in the days, weeks and months to come. I know He will be just as faithful to you as He has been to me.

I care very much.

Ruth Edwards