Donald R. "Don" Dawson, 81, of Parkersburg, passed away Aug. 17, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.
He was born Dec. 22, 1930 in Wood County, a son of the late Arza and Hallie Miller Dawson. He attended Gates Ridge United Methodist Church, where he had taught the adult Sunday School Class and he retired from DuPont in 1992. He was known as a fix it man, being able to repair most anything.
He is survived by his wife, Dora Thompson Dawson; one son, Donald E. "Donnie" (Lois) Dawson of Pettyville; one daughter, Linda D. Province of Parkersburg; a step-son, Terry (Marla) Life of Mineral Wells; son-in-law, John E. Carder of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Eric (Amanda) Life, Tracie (Hunter) Sams, Travis (Jenifer) Carder, Paul (Ashley) Province and Adam (Sunni) Province; and seven great-grandchildren, Noah Life, Brantley Sams, Wyatt Province, Austin Province, Peyton Province, Kelsey Eagle and Kaylyn Wigal. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dawson; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Sheila Carder; brothers, Carl (Dorothy) Dawson and Herbert (Joan) Dawson; and a sister, Ethel (Charles) McMurray.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Kimes Funeral Home and burial will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery. The visitation will be on Sunday from 2-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.kimesfh.com