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David Roland Dawson

David Roland Dawson, age 65, of Mena, Arkansas died on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on Friday, December 16, 1955 to Eugene Floyd Dawson and Ina Mae Prince Dawson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

David was a loving man who spent many years serving the Lord as a pastor in several different places including Ardmore, Oklahoma, Texas, and Cove, Arkansas. His family and God brought him the greatest joy in life. He was especially proud to lead others to the Lord in the sharing of the Gospel of Christ. David was blessed with 45 years of marriage to the love of his life, Darlene. He said her smile was infectious and always brought him great joy. David enjoyed getting to talk on the phone and playing with his grandkids and visit with them while sharing many stories. He loved to see their smiling faces. David was an avid traveler and visited Australia and the Philippines for missionary work and enjoyed camping in New Mexico, Colorado, and many other places with his family. He liked woodworking, fishing, fixing up old cars and playing card games. David took great joy in teaching his grandchildren how to do things and showing them the love of Christ. David was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Eugene Floyd Dawson.

David is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Darlene Dawson of Mena, Arkansas; three sons and daughters in law, David Dwight and Waynette Dawson of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Daniel Eugene and Brandy Dawson of Springer, Oklahoma; Darrell Roland and Nova Dawson of Marlin, Texas; one daughter, Diana Marie Dawson of Mena, Arkansas; his mother, Ina Mae Dawson of Rowlett, Texas; one brother, Doug Dawson of Mesquite, Texas; two sisters and brothers in law, Dawna and Mike Herring of Aledo, Texas and Denise and Greg Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma; thirteen grandchildren, Deanna Dawson, Dayna Dawson, Demi Dawson, Deven Dawson, Dean Dawson, Dwight Dawson, Daylee Dawson, Hannah Dawson, “Little” Daniel Dawson, Benjamin Dawson, Rebekah Dawson, Elizabeth Dawson, and Matthew Dawson; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Zack Johnson officiating. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Paradise Valley Cemetery in Lawton, Oklahoma with Brother David Dawson and Brother Daniel Dawson officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be David Dawson, Daniel Dawson, Darrell Dawson, Deven Dawson, Dwight Gonzales, and Greg Davis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Dawson, Mike Herring, Seth Davis, and Ronnie Kunze.

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