Rick David Dawson passed away August 19, 2018
On August 19, 2018, the world lost a great man of God, Rick David Dawson. Rick was born on September 10, 1954, in Christopher, Illinois, to Tom & Jo Dawson of West Frankfort, Illinois. Rick graduated from Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, Illinois, in 1972. He attended Liberty University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976. He was granted an honorary doctorate degree from Oklahoma Baptist College. He worked at Oak Forest Baptist Temple 1976-1978. He married Janet Gay from Harvey, Illinois, on April 16, 1977. They moved to Marion, Illinois, in 1979, and worked as a youth pastor and school teacher at Calvary Baptist Church from 1979-1984. In 1984, Rick founded Victory Baptist Church, Carterville, Illinois. God led Rick to Clearview Baptist Church, Heber Springs, in 2008, where he served as pastor until his untimely death. Throughout the 42 years of his ministry, Rick has preached around the world in Africa, Philippines, Mexico, Canada, and across the continental United States.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Janet, six children, and eleven grandchildren: Amber & Blake Dale, Autumn, KB, and Emma Jo; David & Brooke Dawson, MacKenzie, Nataley, & Lucas; Jonathan & Lexi Dawson; Joseph & Bridgette Dawson, Heidi, & Summer; Richard & Meghan Dawson, Maggie; Amy & Ben Turner, Claira & Allie; and loving sister, Andra & Kevin Collier. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held at Clearview Baptist Church, Heber Springs, Arkansas, on Tuesday, August 21,2018, from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Clearview Baptist Church, Heber Springs,
Arkansas, on Wednesday, August 22,2018, at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home. www.olmstead.cc