William "Bill" Dawson Jr., 74, of Lexington died July 20

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William “Bill” Castleman Dawson Jr., 74, died Friday, July 20, 2018, of cancer at his home in Lexington.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Latha (Bedre) Dawson; his daughters, Linda and Grace; his sister, Margaret O’Kain, brother-in-law, Bill O’Kain; and two devoted cats.

Born July 14, 1944, in Frankfort, Ky., the son of William Dawson Sr. and Edna (Brown) Dawson, Bill was raised in Ft. Mitchell, Ky. He graduated from Hanover College and received his master’s degree in international relations from American University.

Bill spent much of his life overseas, in the Peace Corps and with the Department of State. He met his wife Latha while on assignment in Madras, India.

Retiring to Lexington in 2000, he enthusiastically pursued his interest in American history through his involvement with the Lee Chapel, the Stonewall Jackson House, the Rockbridge Civil War Round Table, and as a member of the SAR.

He will be remembered by friends in Lexington and around the world for his unique sense of humor and his competitiveness on the tennis court.

A memorial service will be held at Lexington Presbyterian Church on Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. with a short reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St, Lexington, VA 24450.

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