John was born in Powell Sept. 25, 1942, to Berniece and Wayne Dawson. John attended Powell High School, excelling at football, track and basketball. He also played some football at NWCC.
John was awarded the National Defense Service Medal after serving two years in the Army during the Vietnam War.
John was the town blacksmith for decades. The blacksmith shop was located on Main Street near the Powell Fire Department, where he served the community for a number of years as a volunteer firefighter.
John loved pranks and stirring up trouble wherever he could. Although John Albert never married, he helped raise many children and was considered family to countless people in the community.
John was preceded in death by his mother and father, his step-father Rusty and great-grandchild Denali.
John is survived by his brother Wayne, his wife Angelina, and their children Julie, Barbara and Betina. Among his adopted family, John is survived by Karen Walthall, her children Shirley, Gene, Debbie, Billy and Travis. Grandchildren include Lindsay, Lexie, Sarah, Ryan, Edward, Emily, Annabelle, and great-grandchildren Noah and Amir (Little John).
John was honest, wise and giving, but mostly just plain ornery. He will be missed by all — may he rest in peace.
A special thank you to Mike Dawson and Vicki Dunaway for help with John’s life plans and friendship.
A celebration of life will be held at the Elks Lodge in Powell May 25 from 1-3 p.m., followed by graveside services at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.