Wayne A. Dawson
Hattiesburg, MS - Wayne Alexander Dawson passed away peacefully at Merit Health Hospital on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 85.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Sue Dawson; his parents, Winnie Alexander Dawson and Lillie Mae Dawson of Magnolia, MS; and his brother, Howard Baker Dawson of Petal, MS. and his sister, Dorothy Louise Dawson of Magnolia, MS.
Mr. Dawson is lovingly remembered by his children, Wayne Dawson, Jr. (Cynthia Dawson), Robert Dawson (Tammy Dawson), Michael Dawson (Barbara Dawson), Joseph Dawson and Michelle Fish (Jeremiah Fish).
He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Kelli Dawson, Zachary Dawson, Laura-Catherine Dawson, Alexandra Edwards. Gavyn Fish, Eastyn Fish, Sawyer Fish, and Lyla Fish.
Mr. Dawson was a graduate of University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. After graduation, Mr. Dawson served as a pharmacist in the United States Army at the Nike Base in Pontiac Michigan where he met the love of his life, Bonnie Sue Revoir. After his service ended, he moved back to his home state of Mississippi were he, along with his brother, Howard, founded and operated Dawson Pharmacies in Petal and Hattiesburg until 1969. At that time, he started his second career as a Financial Advisor with A.G Edwards and Sons. In 1970, along with Robert Dreyfus, he founded the Hattiesburg office of Howard Weil Labouisse Friedrichs, which, after a series of mergers, would become Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where he retired in 2005.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, he was an avid sportsman. He was devoted to his beloved University of Mississippi where he lettered on the Ole Miss Tennis Team each year of his collegiate time. He was an avid golfer, playing the sport well into his 70s at the Hattiesburg Country Club, where he was a long-time member. He was also a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg where he served as a Deacon.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Brookdale Assisted Living Center where Mr. Dawson spent the last five years of his life. He was cared for and treated as a member of their family with dignity and compassion. Even in his declining years, Mr. Dawson was full of fun and charmed the hearts of the people who helped take care of him.
The visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS, on Thursday, January 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and Friday, January 4th, at 9:30 a.m – 10:45 with funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg immediately following the service. Military Rights will be performed by VFW Post 3036 Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.