Mrs. JoAnn Overton Dawson

Mrs. JoAnn Overton Dawson

Apr 02, 1934 - Mar 27, 2021
Charleston, WV

Mrs. JoAnn Overton Dawson

Apr 02, 1934 - Mar 27, 2021
Charleston, WV


JoAnn Overton Dawson, 86, of Charleston, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021 after a short illness. JoAnn was born on April 2, 1934 in Lone Mountain, TN. She attended Berea College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Upon earning her degree, she taught school at Emma Willard in Troy NY, she then moved to Charleston WV where she worked at the Union Carbide Institute Plant for 20 years.

Throughout her life she enjoyed spending time with her friends, especially playing bridge, and gardening. She was very proud to earn the designation as a West Virginia Master Gardener, and her home garden was a source of pride and joy. She enjoyed traveling and had spanned the globe with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henley and Ida Overton, her brothers Tyne and Clarence, and her sisters Cornelia Overton, Irene Scott, Mildred Collacott, and Ruth Suffrage, and is survived by her sisters Grace Buis and Betty Venable.
She is also survived by her children Kathrine (Mark) Von Handorf and Thomas (Tanya) Dawson, as well as her grandchildren, Kyle (Christina), Keith, and Kevin and great-grandchild, Conrad.

As per her wish, she will be cremated.

Due to COVID, there will be a small, private service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to First Presbyterian Church (16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301), Manna Meal (1105 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301), or Berea College (

Condolences may be sent to the family at .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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8 responses to Mrs. JoAnn Overton Dawson

  1. Becky Thayer says:

    Joanne was a nice person and I really enjoyed working for her at Union Carbide and learnt a lot from her. RIP Joanne.

  2. JoAnn will be greatly missed by the Kanawha County Extension Master Gardeners Association. She was a positive light at our monthly meetings and a significant contributor of plants from her yard for our annual plant sale. Her photo here is just how we remember her — friendly and ready for action.

  3. I agree that the picture of Joanne captures her kind and joyful spirit. I have enjoyed her gardens around her house. I enjoyed sharing swimming activities at Windermere pool with her family.
    We shared Thanksgiving together and she has a fantastic sweet potato casserole and fruit pizza. I was inspired by her to start a fish tank aquarium that I have to this day.

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