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Josephine Dawson, age 75, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. She was born on May 28, 1939 to the late George and Katie Langston Welch. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her first husband of 26 years, LeRoy Floyd, her second husband of four years, Dennis Dawson; a son, Millard Tedder; brothers: Merill Welch and Dickie Welch and a grandchild, Devin DuPerry.
Josephine worked as a seamstress for 35 years. She also farmed and raised vegetable gardens, which she really enjoyed. She was very proud of her family. When she wasn’t spending time with them she was talking about them to her friends, especially about her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Josephine had taught Sunday school and was instrumental in starting GA’s at her church in South Carolina. She attended Faith Gospel Church.
Josephine is survived by her children: Freddy Floyd and wife Cindy, Rebecca DuPerry, Vicki Parker, Lemuel Floyd and wife Kim, Scarlet Barnhill and husband Robbie, Anna Hunt and husband Jeff, Katie Holliday and husband Joe, Vender Ann Lee, brothers: Garreth Welch, R. Jay Welch, Alvey Welch and Francis Welch; 35 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and many more special family members and friends.
Funeral services for Josephine Dawson were conducted at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with Pastor Jeffrey Maley and Pastor Ray Slemp officiating. Scripture and special remarks were given by Mr. Tim Nelson. Special music was conducted by daughter, Anna Hunt and Bob and Martine Hope.
Graveside service and interment followed the funeral service on Friday from the Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Terry Slemp, Allen Slemp, Wesley Garland, Mitch Stout, Jack Perkins, Rodney Toney, Jimmy Osborne and John Lowe. Honorary pallbearers were Lavern Parker and Michael Duperry.
The family received friends from 7-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Mountain City Funeral Home.
At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of daughter, Scarlett Barnhill, 121 Dooleys Ridge Road, Mountain City, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Gospel Church, c/o Bob Hope, 138 Hoot Owl Ridge Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.
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The family of Josephine W. Dawson has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.