Virginia Sue McLawhorn Dawson

August 14, 1961 - November 12, 2023

08/14/1961 - 11/12/2023

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Funeral Service
Saturday November 25, 2023
11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
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The family will receive friends following the service.

COLERAIN, NC – Virginia Sue McLawhorn Dawson, age 62, of Perry School Rd, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2023. She was born on August 14, 1961, in Hertford County, North Carolina, to the late Henry McGarvey McLawhorn and Martha Evans Smith McLawhorn.

Virginia dedicated over 30 years of her life as a nurse, caring for others with compassion and kindness. Her work brought comfort to countless individuals during their times of need.

Outside of her professional life, Virginia found immense joy in her large family. Her grandchildren held a special place in her heart, with her beloved Humming Bird being the apple of her eye. Virginia even took children into her care and raised them as her own, showing her selflessness and unconditional love.

Virginia was preceded in death by her father, Henry McGarvey McLawhorn, her mother, Martha Evans Smith McLawhorn, and her brother, Jimmy McLawhorn. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her surviving family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Charity (Eddie) Parker of Edenton, NC, Michelle (Calvin) Warren of Kinston, NC, Sonja (Andy) Messick of Greenville, NC, Cynthia (Mike) Norman of Winterville, NC, Ginger Dawson of Elm Grove, NC, Jill (Les) Evans of Elm Grove, NC; her son, Jeremy (Anna) Dawson of Ahoskie, NC; her sisters, Retta (Gene) Doggett of Washington, NC, Ada (Linwood) Brinkley of Roxobel, NC, Dottie (Damon) McGregory of Vanburen, AR; her brothers, Rev. Willie (Diane) McLawhorn of Conway, NC, Richard (Rosa) McLawhorn of Gainesville, GA; nine grandchildren, Faith (Humming Bird) Parker of Edenton, NC, Brittany (Daniel) Howell of Elm City, NC, Alana (Alex) Paredes of Greenville, NC, Misty Warren of Greenville, NC, Marlana Warren of Greenville, NC, Matthew Evans of Ahoskie, NC, Katie, Logan, and Karsyn Evans, all of Elm Grove, NC; three great-grandchildren, Grace Howell and Drew Howell III, both of Elm City, NC, and Audrey Spivey of Elm Grove, NC; as well as a long list of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly; and her spouse, Wayne Dawson.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 11 AM at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie Chapel with the Rev. Willie McLawhorn officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service will be handling arrangements for the Dawson family. To offer condolences to the family or share cherished memories, please visit

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Sharon Slade
5 months ago

So sorry to hear of Virginia Sue’s passing. Bertie High School Class of 79 sends our heart felt condolences.

Elizabeth Harrell
5 months ago

Jill and family,

So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers to all.

Sincere Condolences,

Elizabeth Harrell

Robert Bickle (Bobby)
5 months ago

I replay memories all the time of my childhood days of living in Roxobel and Bertie Jr and Sr High. The best memories ever which includes you Sue.
I would have gladly taken your place but it was your time to rest easy, not mine..yet.
Even though distance separated our friendship over the years, I never forgot your kindness, unconditional love, and the peaceful soul you possessed back then and even after I left.
You’re one of a kind and though you are about to be laid to rest, your memories will go on in all the people’s hearts you’ve touched.
Rest easy now Virginia Sue. I will miss you not being here especially with your family.
Though you are gone, you left a legacy of love behind like so many others who have touched my life.
Say “Hi” to pop Huthmacher for me and how sorry I am for not understanding some of the things I was going through for years back the n.
Fly high, Sue, knowing you will never be forgotten.

Patti (Northcott) Henning
5 months ago

I am so saddened to learn of Virginia Sue’s passing. She was a beautiful person, a heart of gold full of compassion for others, wit and humor to put a smile on the faces of others.
I have so many fond memories of her from our years together in school at Bertie Sr High. She always spoke what was on her mind and found humor in every situation. I’m so glad that we reconnected years later on social media.
Prayers for her family as they continue their journeys without their loved one. May God bring each of you comfort and peace.
Rest easy now, Virginia Sue.