William Henry "Billy" Dawson, Jr., 66, of Heathsville, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was well-loved by many in the local community and beyond and known for his sense of humor and love of music. Billy, who farmed land in the Northern Neck for the past three decades, was also active in many different organizations, as well as a conservationist, an entrepreneur, a deacon at Smithland Baptist Church, co-founder of Bay's Best Feed, and a graduate of VCU with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Billy is survived by his mother, Winifred B. Dawson of Heathsville; sister, Karen Jett (Fred) of Ophelia; nieces, Kim O'Bier (Stan) of Sunnybank, Kelly Jett (Edrion) of San Diego, CA and Katherine Jett of Alexandria; two grandnephews, Andrew and Gavin; and three grandnieces, Logan, Mallory, and Grace. A funeral service was held Saturday, February 4, at Smithland Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Smithland Baptist Church, PO Box 25, Heathsville, VA 22473 or Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad, 7990 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA 22473.
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