Lt. Col. (Ret) Jack
January 9, 1947-
January 11, 2014
Hamilton, GA- Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jack Dawson, 67, of Hamilton, GA died January 11, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA.
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Pine Mountain, GA with military honors. The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 pm up to the start of the Rosary service at 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 14, at Cox Funeral Home in Hamilton, GA.
Lt. Col. Dawson was born January 9, 1947 in Ft. Benning, GA the son of the late Frederick Dawson and Eleanor Ruth McKinney Dawson. He was retired from the U. S. Army as a Lt. Col. after serving in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. He received numerous medals and accommodations including his two Purple Hearts during his time in Vietnam. Lt. Col. Dawson was attached to several units during his Army career including LRRP in Vietnam, Airborne Green Beret, and Rangers Special Forces. Lt. Col. Dawson was a former member of the Columbus Police Department and an investigator with the Chattahoochee District Attorney's Office. He taught criminal justice at both Shaw and Baker High Schools and was a former ROTC instructor with Crawford County Schools. Lt. Col. Dawson was also a Truck Driver. He was a devoted member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Pine Mountain, GA.
He is survived by his wife Veronica Ann Lear Dawson of Hamilton; sons: Heath Dawson of Hamilton and Jacques Dawson of Cumming, GA; daughters: Veronica Dawson of Charlottesville, VA and Tara Dawson and her husband, Larry Loring of Ft. Lewis, WA; one sister: Jennifer Merideth of Georgetown, GA; and mother-in-law: Dorothy B. Lear of Tylertown, MS.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be given in memory of Lt. Col. Jack Dawson to the Sister Philomena Learning & Outreach Centers c/o Christ the King Catholic Church, P.O. Box 899 Pine Mountain, GA 31822.
Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton in charge of the arrangements. Please visit www.coxfh.com to leave online condolences for the family.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Jan. 14, 2014