Calvin Dawson • April 29, 2021

Long time Cantonment resident and barber, Calvin Dawson, passed away at home on the 29th of April, 2021, at the age of 96.

Calvin was born in Alabama on June 28, 1924. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Jackson (Eddie); sons, Jimmy Dawson (Janice), Calvin Wayne Dawson, and William Thomas Dawson (Emely); 11 grandchildren, Larry, Lindsay, Ron, Rachel, Jennifer, Jill, Tanya, Jaquelin, Carlos, Michael, and Rick; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Dawson joined the US Navy on October 21, 1942 and served until January 20, 1946. Two of those years were served on the USS Neville APA9 during WWII. They invaded Sicily in July of 1943. They then traveled to the South Pacific. It took them 30 days to travel to Africa.

Mr. Dawson rejoined the Navy in 1948 for 1 year. He was one of the first to serve on the USS New Port News when it was built in 1949.

Mr. Dawson enlisted in the Army National Guard and served for approximately 1 year in 1950 as a staff sergeant.

Calvin Dawson and Voncille Miller were married on August 17, 1946 and had 1 daughter and 3 sons. He was preceded in death by Voncille on the 26th of March 1999.

Mr. Dawson moved his family from Alabama to Cantonment in 1955 when he bought the Cantonment Barber Shop. Mr. Dawson sold the barber shop in 2002, but he continued to work there until January 2020.

Mr. Dawson received his 60 year certificate in 2017 as a Master Mason of the Cantonment Lodge #322.

Calvin Dawson was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and member of the Cantonment community. He will truly be missed.

A visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home on Thursday, May 13, 2021 beginning at 12:00PM, followed by a service of remembrance at 1:00PM.

The service will be available via live webcast for anyone that cannot attend. You may watch the webcast live and/or for 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/iPhone):

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  1. Maxie Magnole says:

    Uncle Calvin, I can’t believe you are gone, you will be missed forever. Fly high with the angels. Love you and you will always be remembered. Love you. RIP Uncle Calvin
    Your Niece Maxie

  2. Pitts says:

    Uncle Calvin you will be missed we love you and hope to see you on the other side till we meet again RIP Calvin and Norma Pitts

  3. Georgette Harris says:

    Mr Dawson was my hero! My heart is broken with your passing. We had a lot of good times together and you always said you were gonna live to be 120 and get shot by a jealous husband. I guess God needed another angel and took you home. You will be missed but I will think of you with every sunbeam. Forever loved, Georgette

  4. Cimberly Quinlan says:

    Uncle Calvin I am just heartbroken to hear of your passing. You are truly a gentle soul, and loved by so many. Until we meet again…much love

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