Dr. Eddie E. Dawson
It was on Saturday, August 31, 2019, that Dr. Eddie Eugene Dawson received his “Wings”, but not before reminding his granddaughters of the importance of education. Anyone and everyone that had a conversation with Eddie knew of his passion for learning.
Eddie Eugene Dawson was born on December 11, 1934, in Magnolia, Mississippi to the late Hollis Dawson, Sr. and Alma Williams. Educated in the public schools of Pike County, Mississippi, he played on the basketball and baseball teams. He expressed his love for the Lord, by joining church in Pike County, at a very early age. After his high school graduation, he joined the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper, for the next few years. Upon his honorable discharge, Eddie decided that it was time for him to continue his quest for higher learning. He received his undergraduate degree in Adult Education from Tougaloo College, followed by his Masters’ Degree from Jackson State University. He did not stop there. To further pursue his educational goals, he and his family would regularly spend summers at various colleges and universities around the country. He received his Doctorate from the University of Kansas, making his entire family proud by being the first to receive a Doctorate degree.
Eddie’s life will be forever remembered by his wife, Jessie Cadney Dawson, whom he united in marriage on June 16, 1962. Together, they joined the St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church. They were the proud parents of three children: Robert Dale (deceased), Valarie and Keith. He was very proud of his children. Until his death, Eddie was very active at church. He served as a Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, Deacon, in addition being a member of the Men’s Choir, as he always loved to sing. On any day, Eddie could be caught listening to the Rev. James Cleveland or Shirley Caesar.
Eddie taught at various schools, colleges and universities in Mississippi, including Utica Junior College, Hinds Community College, and Alcorn State University. He worked until his health dictated that it was time for him to take things a little slower. He also organized continuing education programs, designed to reach those who were not able to attend college, which included outreach programs at local prisons.
Eddie leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 57 years, Jessie Dawson; daughter, Valarie Dawson Doye (Gerald) and son, Keith Eugene Dawson (Mavis); nine grandchildren: Robert Jr, Alexander, Jaidyn, Brittany, Joshua, Jonathan, Keishauna, Jordan and Saniyaa; two great - grandchildren: Akem and Alcur; one brother, Steven Dawson (Bettye), sisters: Betty Handy (Willie), Annie Brown (Gary), Patricia Gage and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Visitation hours will be Friday, September 6, 2019, 12-7 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home, located at 886 N. Farrish Street - Jackson, Mississippi 39202
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at St Matthews M.B. Church, located at 3660 Fontaine Ave - Jackson, Mississippi 39213
Interment: Garden Memorial Cemetery - Hwy 49 N - Jackson, Mississippi 39209
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