Lucille Fontaine Wheeler Dawson White, 96, of Valdosta died on Friday, June 11, 2010 at South Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born in Bainbridge, GA on August 15, 1913 to the late William Alfred and Mary Alice Waller Wheeler. She graduated from Bainbridge High School and began working at Miller-Hydro Bottling Co. in Bainbridge. She later became a dental assistant in Bainbridge. She married Jack Dawson from Charleston, S.C. in 1940 and they moved to Valdosta in 1942 where she spent the remainder of her life. She was later married to Jake White from 1976 until his death in 1981. She worked in a variety of jobs in Valdosta, such as kindergarten teacher, secretary in the law firm of Franklin, Coleman, Elliott and Blackburn, sales associate at Pink Petunia Dress Shop and at Creative Interiors. She was a loyal supporter and volunteer at The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts and at the age of 80, she became quite an accomplished artist with her paintings in water-color and oils. As an artist, she entered her works in the annual “Spring Into Art” for many years. She also was an avid bridge player and loved to work cross-word puzzles. Most of all, she loved her family and she loved people, and was dearly loved by everyone who knew her. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church from 1942 until her death. She was the best mother and friend anyone could ever have and will be forever missed by all.
She is survived by a son, William Alfred Dawson of Huntington, W.V., a daughter, Lucille Dawson Sineath and her husband William T. Sineath of Valdosta, and a son Rhett Motte Dawson of Austin, TX; nine grandchildren, John Lawrence Dawson III, Joanna Dawson Enck, and James Cavan Dawson, sons and daughter of John Lawrence Dawson, Jr.; Kathryn Ellen Dawson and William Alfred Dawson, Jr., daughter and son of William Alfred Dawson; Lucille Elizabeth Ulm and Sara Alice Fraleigh, daughters of Lucille Dawson Sineath; Brandon Keller Dawson and Alison Ann Dawson, son and daughter of Rhett Motte Dawson; four great grandchildren; and a niece, Ann Reid Collins of Flowery Branch, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband John Lawrence Dawson, her second husband John Keller White, a brother and two sisters and her oldest son, John Lawrence Dawson, Jr.
Services for Lucille Dawson White will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2010 at Christ Episcopal Church with The Rev. Peter Ingeman officiating. The committal will follow in the Christ Episcopal Church Urn Garden. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Carson McLane Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 1521 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31602 or The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31601. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanefuneralservices.com. Carson McLane.
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