Bruce E. Dawson, age 64, departed his earthly life, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at his residence in Albemarle, North Carolina, surrounded by loving and devoted family. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, September 17, 1954; and was the son of the late James Gussie and Zola Mae Tyson Dawson. We give honor and thanks for our beloved’s life and will be forever grateful for the years we shared.
He attended the New Haven public schools and was a 1972 graduate of Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted and served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. After relocating to North Carolina, Bruce was employed as a cast iron inspector with The Foundry, Biscoe, North Carolina. He also taught an afterschool program with the E. E. Waddell Community Center, Albemarle. He had a passion for mentoring and encouraging our community’s youth.
For many years Bruce and his family were affiliated with New Shiloh A.M.E. Church, Mt. Gilead, North Carolina where he was a member of the Deacon Board. In his leisure, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He encouraged his children and grandchildren concerning the importance of education and doing their best in their chosen employment and other endeavors. Another favorite pastime was playing the drums.
Bruce and Peggy Jean Little Dawson were a devoted couple who enjoyed 32 years of marriage. They enjoyed rearing their children and spending quality time with them.
A legacy of love and devotion will be remembered and treasured by: his wife, Peggy L. Dawson, Albemarle; children: La Sandra (Samuel) Little, Nikeya Little, Hope Robinson and Derrick Little, all of Albemarle; 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brother, James (Dorothy) Dawson, Lancaster, California; sister, Ernestine Jackson, West Haven, Connecticut; special nephews: Donald Jackson, Herbert Jackson, Raymond Jackson and Robert Jackson; mother-in-law, Catherine Steed; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lacy (Verlyn) Robinson, Mamie Bowden, Marsha Bowden, Ernest Little and Deon (April) Little; special friends: Cedric “Pretty Boy” Drake, Tashiana Goins, Marvin McCally, and Glenn Brooks; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.