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Paul Dawson

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David Paul Dawson was born in Crockett, Texas on April 8, 1948 to Polly and J.E. Dawson. He passed away on January 19, 2019.

Paul graduated from Crockett High School, where he excelled in sports. He lettered in football 4 years and served as team co-captain his senior year. He also lettered in basketball and was the pitcher for the baseball team. Paul was class president and class favorite.

Dawson attended Texas Tech University where he played on the Tech baseball team and pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity. This association was especially important to him, yielding a lifetime of brotherhood and friendships.

After college Paul moved to Dallas where he met and married Carol Story in 1978. The couple moved to Crockett and for the next 40 years he worked as an Independent Insurance Agent for Paul Dawson Insurance. Paul and Carol were two of the founding board members of the Jordan School. He was a Director of the First National Bank and served as President of the Spring Creek Country Club. Paul was also a Rotarian serving as club president and was also named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mr. Dawson was a golfer, fly fisherman and tennis player.  His passion, however, was quail hunting.  He was happiest cooking for his buddies at the bird lease.

Paul is survived by his wife, Carol Story Dawson of Crockett; his son, Brant Dawson of Crockett and girlfriend, Katie Freeman; his daughter, Lauren Dawson of Midland and fiancé, Grant Huckabay; brother, Jim Dawson and wife, Ellen of Crockett ; sister, Polly Ann Morrison and husband, Chuck of Colorado Springs, Colorado ; sister-in-law, Lyn Wood and husband, Bob of Midland; nieces, Christine Allen and husband, Carson, Brittany Burkett; nephews, David Dawson and wife, Shannon, James Morrison, Max Morrison, Charlie Morrison; great-nieces and    great-nephews, Jackson, Wright, Jackie, Ellie Kate, Jake, and Emme. Paul was also survived by his wonderful God children, Nealie Holley, Todd Baker, Emily Incerto and Caitlin Bonner and his special “grandson” Keegan.  He is preceded in death by his parents, J. E. and Polly Dawson.

Memorial services for Paul Dawson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Jim and Nancy Land’s Barn on FM 2160, Crockett (Spring Creek Country Club Rd).  Family will receive friends for visitation Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring Creek Country Club 100-year Fund, P.O. Box 429, Crockett, Tx 75835 or the Jordan School, 1303 East Houston Avenue, Crockett, Tx 75835 or Paul Dawson Phi Delta Theta Memorial Scholarship c/o Epsilon Society, Texas Epsilon Alumni, Texas Tech University, P. O. Box 53431, Lubbock, TX  79453.

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  1. I am so sad to hear of Mr Paul’s passing! He was always such a friendly gentleman, and he always had a smile on his face. Throughout my time at SPCC, he and Mrs Carol were always the shining lights of my days, so sweet and caring. He will be greatly missed. Love you Mrs Carol :)

  2. Dear Carol & Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I have always thought so highly of you and Paul. We are sending heartfelt condolences to you now. Your friend, Barry

  3. Carol and family, so sorry to read this today. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Funny how time does not change your feelings and memories about someone. Paul was that kind of someone. I remember his smile and his kindness. How blessed you are to call him husband, dad and friend. What memories you have. Paul will continue in those memories.

    • Jimmy and Bobbi,
      Thanks so much for reaching out. We appreciate your kind words so very much. We miss him very, very much and are starting the hard job of learning to live without him.

  4. Carol and family,
    We are so sorry to hear this news. Lifting you and the family up in our prayers for peace and comfort that passes all understanding.

  5. Carol, Brant, Lauren & family, I am so saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. I know the pain is overwhelming but I am lifting each of you in prayer. I pray the pain lessens with the days and that the wonderful memories will fill the void. I know my family has good memories of days gone by with your family. I’m thankful for those! I was able to let John Wayne know of this and he sends his condolences as well. Love you all!

    • Annette, your words are especially meaningful since you have walked this lonely road yourself. Thanks for your sweet words and condolences,
      Carol, Brant, and Lauren

  6. We are praying for comfort in this time of loss.
    He was one of the Crockett Icons.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So very sorry for your loss. Crockett lost a wonderful citizen who will always be rent!

  8. I considered Paul to be one of my better friends forever. We played all the sports during high school and Paul was always someone that I looked to which made me a better person. Had not seen Paul in several years, but when I did see him, he always greeted me with that smile and a good ole country handshake. Condolences to all.

  9. Dear Carol and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. My heart goes out to you all in this hour of grief.

  10. Debbie and I will always feel blessed to know Paul as a friend and neighbor. His positive and outgoing spirit will always be remembered.

  11. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Paul Dawson. He will truly be missed! Y.I.T.B. good friend!

    • Thank you Rusty. We are so sorry to have lost touch with you and Jane over these many years. You are so sweet to reach out.

  12. Warmest wishes and prayers for your Family’s comfort in this season of transition.

    It seems so very odd to see a photo of Paul with that silver hair (like mine, now). There were so very many good times back in the 60’s, including numerous Sunday afternoons spent with the throngs of swimmers & skiers at Spring Creek CC, listening to our own laughter and the tunes of the times. Paul was always central to the action!

    I had not seen Paul in years, but remember that we did have the opportunity to visit briefly at some insurance convention or the other a couple of decades ago — before the silver. He still had that great smile and wonderful wit we all remember.

    Sincerest Condolences to Paul’s family,
    Pat Bridgwater

  13. Carol, Bobby snd I are so very sorry about Paul’s Death. I cannot even imagine. And I know there is really nothing that can be said. Just know we are thinking about you and that your whole family is in our prayers. We love you. Cyndy and Bobby

  14. Very sorry to hear the news today. May Paul Rest in peace.

  15. My prayers are with this family. I remember the smiles on his face throughout my high school years. He was a nice person that will be missed by many.

  16. Dear Carol, Brant and Lauren: I am so very saddened to hear about Paul’s passing. He was a kind and generous man who will be missed not only by his family, but by everyone he knew. My prayers are with all of you.

  17. Carol, Brent and Lauren,

    Tom and I are so saddened by the loss of Paul., He will be greatly missed by his buddies, his community and beyond. He was such a smiling presence everywhere we saw him and he certainly made noontime chatter around the lunch table and at rotary a delight.

    You are in our prayers…and our hearts!

    With love,

    Tom and Becky

  18. Dear Carol Brant and Lauren
    Our deepest condolence as you go through this difficult time. May God bring you comfort and peace. We will be thinking of you and praying for you.
    James and Caralyn Cordell

  19. Carol and family:
    We send our deepest sympathies to you all for the loss of your loved one. May the Lord comfort and keep you in the difficult days ahead.

    Paul & Janet Kennedy
    Jacksonville, TX

  20. I am so sad about our loss of dear Paul. I feel so sorry for his awesome family and want them to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers. Paul had such a wonderful family with you, Carol, and two beautiful children. The Dawson family was one of those perfect families in every way. Carol, I am so sad for you and want you to know how much I love your awesome family. So sad about losing Paul. He was such a dear sweet guy!
    Daryl Davis

  21. Thank you, Daryl
    You are too kind. We love you….

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