Bill Linn Dawson, 70, of Katy Hill, Fairmont, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 19, 1948, in Fairmont, a son of the late William Stoie Dawson and Beulah Freda Prince Whitecotton.
He is survived by his wife, Diana “Cookie” Dawson. They celebrated 48 years of marriage on Oct. 28.
Also surviving are his children, Sabrina Efaw and husband, Steve, of Mannington, Holly Martin and husband, Jackie, of Four States, Shane Dawson and wife, Kimberly, of Fairmont, Melissa Streets and boyfriend, Sean Stiles, of Morgantown; a brother, Jimmy “JD” Dawson, of Fairmont; and sister, Crystal “Sissy” Wolfe, of Fairmont; his grandchildren, Travis and Kayla Miller, of Morgantown, Heather and James Wright, of Mill Fall, Jessica Miller and fiancé, Tyler Poling, of Morgantown, Chad Efaw, of Pittsburgh, Alex and Devon Efaw, of Mannington, Kelsie Martin, of Four States, Devon Martin, of Morgantown, Christian Michael Dawson, of Reisterstown, Md., Christy Collins, of Barrackville, William “Billy” Streets, of Pine Grove, and Levi Seth Streets, of Pine Grove; great-grandchildren, Sophia Wright, Owen Miller, Anna Miller, Elijah Collins and Hyden Collins; a niece, Tabitha “Tabby” Wolfe; nephews, Allen and Jeremy Lacaria; his life-long friend and “adopted” son, Dave Cross and wife, Linda, of Stonewood; one cousin, Martha Ann Gaydos, of Ohio; his dog, Snuggles; and cats, Stormy and Sampson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Ida Miller.
Bill served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Taconic. He was a member of AF & AM Masonic Lodge 31, in Mannington, as a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Osiris Shriner of Wheeling. He was formerly employed at Owens Illinois Glass Plant as a sergeant at the Mannington Police Department and served as mayor of the City of Mannington.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching “Days of Our Lives” and playing video lottery machines. Until his health failed, he enjoyed bowling and fishing.
Cremation was chosen as Bill’s final disposition. A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at the Jewel City Church, in Meadowbrook, with visitation starting at 11 a.m. followed by the memorial service at noon, Friday, April 20. A luncheon will be held directly after the service.
The family would like to thank Fairmont Marion County Transit Authority, Fresenius Kidney Dialysis Center, Marion County Sheriff Dept., Marion County Rescue Squad and Dr. Karen MacKay.