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May 29, 1926 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Harmon Oliver Dawson, 97, left us peacefully early on the morning of January 19, 2024 in the kind care
of Bacon County Hospital following the struggle of recovery from a stroke on August 24, 2023. He has
been lifted up by friends, family and caretakers supporting him throughout this journey. Harmon rests
now in the arms of our Lord and is reunited with his wife, family and friends that have gone before him.
Harmon O. Dawson was born May 29, 1926 in Hazlehurst, Georgia, to parents Goodlett Wesley Dawson
and Gussie Adela Reagin Dawson. After graduating from high school in Jeff Davis County and following
his parents in a career in farming, loving the land and animals, he married the love of his life Cloteel
Annette Carver, July 7, 1945. Harmon has been singing bass since his teenage years where sings were
held in his childhood home in the Altamaha area of Jeff Davis County. He attended over 17 singing
schools. With his wife, he formed a quartet named the Good News Quartet which included his cousins
Irwin McLendon and Boots Reagin with J. C. Cooper playing the piano. This led them to churches all over
the southeast for Saturday night and Sunday afternoon singing conventions. His children were
immersed in sacred and southern gospel music, the love of which continues today.
Harmon was predeceased by his parents, Goodlett and Gussie Dawson, his sister Christine D. Kelley, and
his wife of 72 years, Cloteel Dawson. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his son Rhonwyn Dawson
(Judy), his daughter Rhonda D. Bennett (John), sole granddaughter Christie D. Marchant (Britt) and sole
great granddaughter Madison M. Carroll (Rhett).
His family always knew that their beloved dad wouldcontinually give unconditional love and encourage and cheer them on in all of their endeavors.
Harmon was active in all things Farm Bureau attending numerous state conventions and several national
conventions. He was a past deacon of First Baptist Church in Hazlehurst where is sang bass in the choir
and in the First Baptist Church Quartet. After the days of the gospel singing conventions passed, he
continued his love of music by never stopping the Good News Quartet, although many members have
changed through the years. The group currently consists of Harmon, Jimmie Ryles, Mike Cothran, John
and Rose Hunt, Sue Sammons, and John and Rhonda Bennett. Jimmie and Arlene Ryles have been
generous in allowing the use of their Syrup House to become a well-known haven where often over 75
lovers of Christian fellowship and music could gather several times a month over many years to sing
Harmon was a devoted husband, father and friend who never missed an opportunity for a wonderful
conversation sharing warmth and long-earned wisdom. He was kind and always content finding great
joy in the simple things of life. He will be missed but often remembered.
A celebration of his life will be held at Hazlehurst First Baptist Church Sanctuary Tuesday, January 23 rd at
2 pm. Interment will be in Hazlehurst City Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, January 22 nd in the
church sanctuary from 5 to 7 pm. Officiating will be Rev. Rick Brown and Rev. Brad Waters along with
special friend Jimmie Ryles. Musical selections will be provided by Brigette Corbin, members of the
Good News Quartet and the congregation. Pallbearers will be Ashley Tyree, Lonnie Roberts, Tim
Callaway, David Clements, Kelley Clements, and Scott Powell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Davis
County Farm Bureau Directors, FBC Men’s Sunday School Class, Deacons and wives, Friends of the Syrup
House Gospel Music, and Caretakers Katie Miller, Kimberly Dowling, Linda Wright Kelly, and Speech
Therapist Millie Hewett.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that the following organizations be considered for donation: St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org/donatetoday or
Tunnels to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or t2t.org/donate .
Wainright and Parlor Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.