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John Albert Dawson

John Dawson John Dawson

(Sept. 25, 1942 - March 25, 2018)

John Albert Dawson, 75, of Powell left us Sunday, March 25, 2018, due to complications with congestive heart failure. 

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.


  • posted by Darina Fuller

    April 12, 2018 12:16 pm

    It was an honor knowing John Albert. He will be greatly missed by many. RIP my friend.

  • posted by Howard Leeper

    April 10, 2018 8:24 pm

    RIP, John.

  • posted by NJ Pawley

    April 09, 2018 10:31 am

    The Dawson blacksmith shop was a wizard's lair filled with intrigue and mystery that drove me to spend my life in pursuit of the blacksmith trade, thank you John for sharing a little of your knowledge with me and being forgiving of a curious kid . I will always rember sharpening those last bean knives under the power hammer. Thank you

  • posted by Don Reel

    April 07, 2018 5:08 pm

    Big John you will be missed by many in the Powell community. It was my good fortune to Have met you many years ago.. Since I didn't get to say a final goodbye this message is my final goodbye. May your soul rest in peace and I hope you are still wearing those cut-offs.

  • posted by Eunice Dunn

    April 04, 2018 10:52 am

    John never met a stranger. He spoke to everyone and also gave his advise and opinions. He has been and will be missed by friends and family and me. You are in paradise now.

  • posted by Beth French

    April 03, 2018 12:04 pm

    Rest in peace John Dawson. It was my pleasure to make you those apple pies and provide you with pinto beans during your lifetime. You were an ornery person. That's what made you so special to me.

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