Robert K Dawson

October 18, 1930January 7, 2021

Robert K. (Bob) Dawson, Sr., age 90, passed away peacefully at home on January 7, 2021 with his lovely wife of 50 years by his side. He was a member of Norwood United Methodist Church and CEO of the Norwood Kiwanis Club Student Scholarship Fund. Bob was a veteran of US Army and formerly employed by Knox County Sheriff’s Department as a detective. He owned and operated East TN Detective Agency for over 50 years. He was the founder of the Tennessee Private Investigation Association and was appointed by the Governor to the Tennessee Private Investigation Commission where he served for 10 years and was responsible for growth in the industry. Preceded in death by father, Earl Dawson; mother, Mary Woods; sister, Vivian Dawson Jackson; brothers, Jack Dawson and Tommy Dawson. Survived by wife, Pat Dawson; son, Robert Dawson, Jr (Debbie); grandsons, Chris (Angie) Dawson, Travis (Angela) Dawson; great grandsons, Christian, Justin, and Corey; special nephews, Freddy, Mike, and Scott Jackson (Rena); special niece, Michelle Pittman Smallen (Henry). Bob will be laid to rest in his mausoleum following a private family service at Lynnhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Norwood Kiwanis Club Student Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be offered at


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Jack Owens

January 12, 2021

My husband and I have been neighbors of the Dawsons for many years, we did not know him very well but from what we did know of him, he was a good neighbor. Sending out prayers to his family and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Owens

John Roth

January 11, 2021

Bob was a good man! John F. Roth, Jr. Quality Machine & Welding

Brian Patty

January 10, 2021

Mr. Bob was always so nice to my family and sharing pancake breakfast for the Kiwanis Club. It's one of the first places I took our daughter when she was little. Bob was always so generous to the community, he will be missed.

Janet Phillips

January 10, 2021

Bob was a very good man. His family has been involved in several civic and charitable endeavors for many years. He will be missed. His family is in my prayers.

Janice Slyman

January 10, 2021

Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a good man and you were blessed with many years together. Prayers for you during this difficult time.
Janice Slyman

Robert Dawson

January 10, 2021

Dad , I have always been so proud of you and all the things you have done. Everyone I have ever met has spoken highly of you. Your accomplishments are to many to list . I have enjoyed the times and things we done together . We have lots of good memories .
I will miss you so much and look forward to seeing you again someday.
Love You .
Your Son
Robert jr.

Louise Petree

January 9, 2021

My sympathy to the family. Bob had many friends and will be missed.


January 9, 2021

My deepest sympathy on your loss. May God comfort you and give you peace at this very difficult time.
Ruby Brewer McQuain

steve diggs

January 9, 2021

Myself, my family, and many children in our city have been blessed by Bob Dawson's generosity.
Steve Diggs

Michelle Smallen

January 8, 2021

My favorite uncle, boy could he tell stories with a straight face. Since I was little I looked up to my uncle Bob. I remember as a kid getting so excited about seeing my aunt Pat and uncle Bob anytime they would visit. They were always a team , never seen one without the other. Never heard a harsh word from him. Always funny.