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William Odell Dawson died Wednesday in Torrance, California.

Formerly of Goldsboro, Mr. Dawson was the son of the late Lonnie Dawson Sr. and Essie Dawson Kelly and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. After graduating from Dillard High School in 1956, he moved to Los Angeles, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dollie Dawson; three daughters, Yolanda Jones of Raleigh and Theresa Dawson and Veronica Dawson of Carson, Calif.; one son, William Dawson Jr. of Long Beach, Calif.; one brother, the Rev. Dr. Lonnie Dawson of Compton, Calif.; one sister, Mary Gunther of Godlsboro; and four grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Calif.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 20218 Enslow Drive, Carson City, Calif., 90746.

Published in Obituaries on September 30, 2004 1:46 PM