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YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday at the Antioch Baptist Church for Tommie Dawson.
Tommie Dawson was born on Oct. 3, 1923, in Abbeville, S.C. He was the third child born to the late Robert and Kate Childs-Dawson.
He attended Allen public schools in South Carolina.
He was married to the late Lillie Mae Alexander. They relocated to Youngstown from Greeneville, S.C. Together, they reared five children, Romona (James) Walker, Fredrick, Timothy Dawson, Manuel and Valeria (Goncalves).
He leaves behind, two brothers, Willie Dawson (Eleanor) of Greeneville and ODell Dawson (Lillie) of Detroit; a sister, Gladys (Paul) Eleazer of Rahway, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He will be missed immensely.
Tommie was employed by McKelvy Department Store, Youngstown Steel-Door, Russ Service Station, United Methodist Center and the YMCA.
Mr. Dawson was a devoted member at the Antioch Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and on the deacon board.
As a young man, he served his country faithfully and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. A friend to everyone he met, it was said of him that he never met a stranger and was always willing to give a helping hand.
He was preceded in death by his sister, MaryAnn Burt and brothers, John, James, Arthur, Roy and Charles Dawson.