MELVIN DOUGLAS “DUCK” DAWSON, the fourth child of John and Bertha Dawson, was born on June 20, 1943, in Littleton, North Carolina, and entered into eternal rest and peace on Monday, March 21, 2016, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
“Duck” and his siblings grew up on East End Avenue in Littleton, and joined the South Street Baptist Church. His formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and he graduated from the former McIver High School with the class of 1961. While at McIver, he formed many friendships that spanned for a lifetime, and he was an outstanding basketball player. More recently, he was crowned as Mr. McIver Alumni in 2013. Those who knew him well will always remember him as a strong independent spirit with a high regard for his own opinion.
After graduating from high school, “Duck” entered the United States Air Force and served for four years. He and other comrades were recognized in June 2013, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for their service in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency over fifty years prior.
In 1965, upon completion of his military duties, “Duck” was employed briefly with the former J.P. Stevens and Company in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He later worked under the various names for the company currently known as Kapstone in Roanoke Rapids, where he remained until his retirement in 1996, after thirty-nine years of loyal service. “Duck” then spent his time enjoying family and friends, including one of his closest and most dedicated friends, Wilson “Bill” Williams. During his four year illness, Bill performed chauffeur duties as the two friends roamed all over North Carolina and surrounding states.
Those remaining to forever treasure the many precious memories of his life and love are his endearing wife of almost forty-two years, Evelyn Sweatt Dawson; his caring sons, Melvin, Jr. “Mel” and Cameron “Cam”; his adoring granddaughters, NyAsia, Jakayla, and Kamryn Dawson; his loving sisters, Almeta Dawson, Shelia Minggia, and Faye Dawson, who made sure his dietary needs were met; his concerned brothers, John, Waddell, and Robert “Bobby” Dawson; his beloved nieces and nephews, Iesha Dawson, Felicia Whitehead, Chiquetta Silver, Charles and Raven Minggia, Sabrina Hunter, Tonita Ross, Lonnie Paige and Katoe Harris; his devoted sisters-in-law, Martha Sweatt Paige, Ermagene Sweatt Ross, and Veronica “Ronnie” Dawson; his concerned brother-in-law, Charles Minggia; his faithful caregiver, friend, and neighbor, Matt Boone; his longtime friend, Thornton Majette; and many other supportive family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 25, 2016, at the Twilight Missionary Baptist Church in Weldon, North Carolina. The Pastor, Rev. Danny Jones, will officiate, and Rev. Jack Reese will deliver the eulogy and burial will follow in the Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 P.M.– 8:00 P.M. on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016. The body will repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.