Ava Watson Dawson, 82, of 155 Triple R Farm Road, Hurt, departed this life on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Autumn Care of Altavista. She was the wife of the late Albert Calvin Dawson for over 60 years. She was born on March 17, 1937, in Pittsylvania County, a daughter of the late Edward Purcell Watson and Wilmouth Irby Watson. She was a member of St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church and retired from General Electric with thirty-six years of service. She loved her family deeply and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Ava loved music, cooking and vacations in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Anyone who entered the doors of her home would enjoy being spoiled. She passed peacefully and was surrounded by her family. She is survived by three sons, Keith Dawson and his wife, Robbin, of Lynchburg, Wendell Dawson and his wife, Stephanie, of Gretna, and Twyman Dawson of Hurt; one daughter, Karen Bowling and her husband, Tony, of Gretna; one brother, Alvis Watson and his wife, Jean, of Hurt; five sisters, Phyllis LaBrie of Lynchburg, Jane Falls of Appomattox, Cecil Smith of Gretna, Mabel Cross of S.C., and Betty Wilborn of Rustburg; two grandchildren, Lauren Keesee and her husband, Mark, of Altavista, and Brent Dawson and his wife, Courtney, of Gretna; one great-grandchild, Mak Keesee; along with many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Calvin Watson; and a sister, Fannie Newton. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Tim Lane officiating. Interment will follow in Altavista Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and other times at the residence. The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church, 6658 Dews Road, Hurt, VA 24563, or Gideon's International, Altavista Camp, P.O. Box 193, Altavista, VA 24517. Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.
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