Mike Daw­son

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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 hol­land­fu­neraldirec­tors@com­cast.net 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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