Pell City, Ala.-James Michael “Mike” Dawson, 64, died unexpectedly Friday, June 1, 2018 at his residence in Pell City, Ala. Born May 25, l954 in Prattville, Ala. to the late Rheuben Andrew Dawson and Lou Ella Wyatt Dawson, he grew up in Prattville and graduated from Autauga Academy. He attended Auburn University where he received his Bachelor's Degree. Mike had a 34 year career with the Internal Revenue Service in Columbus and Tupelo, Mississippi. He and his wife, Alice, had resided in Starkville for 22 years and, in 2017, purchased a home in Pell City, Ala. on Logan-Martin Lake where they had planned to spend their retirement. Mike most enjoyed spending time with his family but did greatly enjoy sporting events of all types especially his beloved Auburn Tigers. He will be sorely missed.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 PM Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Boone's Chapel United Methodist Church southwest of Okolona with burial to follow in the Church Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Corley, his uncle by marriage, will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 PM-service time Sunday only at the Church. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving the family.
Mike is survived by his wife, Alice Mae Allen “Donnie” Dawson of Starkville and Pell City, Ala-to whom he married Sept. 28, 1980 in Columbus, MS.; his daughter, Brittain Dawson Benton and her husband, Jordan Barry Benton of Oxford, Alabama and his son, Brad Michael Dawson and his wife, Paige Isbill Dawson of Birmingham, Ala. 2 granddaughters, Blaire Isbill Dawson and Brooklynn Ella Benton. 3 siblings, Rhueben Andrew Dawson, Jr (Joyce) of Birmingham, Ala., Jerry Dale Dawson (Diane) of Sylacauga, Ala. and Ricky Nelson Dawson of Prattville, Ala. several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Peg Dawson Sheridan and her husband, Charles, and his in-laws, Wilburn and Frances Corley Allen.
Memorials may be made to Lake Forest Camp, Macon, Mississippi or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 232 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Condolences may be e mailed to email@example.com also loved Mississippi State University and attended all sporting events for many years. He was gifted in restoring antique furniture such as juke boxes, record players and most recently a player piano. His latest project was restoring a 1931 Model A Ford car. David also loved fishing and teaching the Bible, especially as it related to his trip to the Holy Land.
David is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon; daughters, Jennifer Coleman and her husband, James, Jr of Birmingham, Alabama and Lindsay Hall and her husband, Steven of Mt. Orab, Ohio; and sister, Susan McPhail and her husband, Rick; grandchildren, Zachary and Charles Coleman, and Juliana Hall. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Welch and Virginia Smith Welch; and brother, Kenneth Welch.
Services are scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2018 in the Starkville First United Methodist Church sanctuary at 2 p.m. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens Park in Starkville. The Reverend Giles Lindley will conduct the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The MSU Foundation, P. O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or the Starkville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2585, Starkville, MS 39760.
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