Gorden Edward “Ed” Dawson, 77, of Amherst passed away, Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home.
Born February 22, 1942 in Loueka, West Virginia, Ed was the son of the late Edward Nicholas and Pearl Crane Dawson. Ed was retired as a heavy equipment operator, and the owner of Ed’s Garage in Madison Heights, a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served in Vietnam and a member of Clifford Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Coleman Dawson, and three sisters: Rosalee Dawson, Wilda Dawson, and Loretta Dawson.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie Jean Rieger Dawson of Amherst; one son, Keith Dawson (Olga) of Amherst; five daughters: Leela Gray (Tony) of Tampa, FL, Laura Lee Auriemma (George) of Seminole, FL, Heather Walker of Lindsay, OK, Jenny Desko (Bill) of Midlothian, VA and Vanessa Kennmur (Justin) of Tallahassee Fl; two sisters: Audrey Kelly (Larry) of Winter Park, FL, Louella Cotton (Larry) of Thibodaux, LA; four brothers: Randy Dawson (Pattie) of Middlebourne, WV, Warren Dawson of Reader, WV, John Dawson (Jennifer) of Forest, VA and Wiley Dawson (Kathy) of Benwood, WV; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Ed also played a special role in the lives of The Samuels Brothers and their respective families.
The funeral was held on Thursday August 15, 2019 at Clifford Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Michael Fitzgerald officiated. Interment was at the Dawson Family Cemetery.