Zane Lamar Dawson, 84, of Fall Branch, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011, at his home.
Born in Morgantown, WVA, November 3, 1926, living his early years in Homecamp, Pa., and Kingsport, TN, and moving to Fall Branch, TN, in 1936, living there the remainder of his life.
Zane was a WW II Navy veteran serving in the Pacific Theater. He retired from Eastman in 1987 with 40 years of service. Zane was a member of Fall Branch United Methodist Church and the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department, being the last charter member.
He is preceded in death by his father, Charles M. Dawson Sr.; mother, Electa Dressler Dawson; brother, Charles M. Dawson Jr.; and sisters, Gayle Leeper and Eloise Morgan.
Zane is survived by his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 65 years, Wilma Jean Dawson, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith Dawson and wife, Patricia, of Kingsport, Jim Dawson and wife, Betty Jean, of Fall Branch, and Ricky Dawson, of Johnson City; two grandsons and 4 granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2011, at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Fall Branch.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fall Branch United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Barry Lane officiating. Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Lance Dawson, Jared Dawson, Phil Lawlor, Robert Rudder, Darrick Blankenship; friends, Jerry Deakins and George Moody. Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters, Anna Dawson, Rebecca Blankenship, Janet Lawlor and Laura Rudder.
Zane requests that donations be made to the Fall Branch Fire Department, P.O. Box 84, Fall Branch, TN 37656.
Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Zane Lamar Dawson.