Barber Calvin Dawson Has Passed Away. He Cut Hair In Cantonment For 65 Years.

May 4, 2021

A longtime Cantonment barber has passed away.

Calvin Dawson passed away at his home on April 29 at age 96.

After military service in the Navy and Army National Guard, he moved to Cantonment and purchased his barbershop in 1955. He sold Dawson’s Barbershop in 2002, but continued to work at the renamed Cantonment Barber Shop until January 2020. That’s 65 years.

Visitation and a funeral service will be held on May 13. For the complete obituary, click here.

Pictured above: Barber Calvin Dawson. Pictured below: Calvin Dawson in an update photograph with his wife, Voncille Miller Dawson. They were married in 1946 and had one daughter and three sons. She passed away in 1999. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.


19 Responses to “Barber Calvin Dawson Has Passed Away. He Cut Hair In Cantonment For 65 Years.”

  1. Rufus on May 5th, 2021 10:56 pm

    Thank you sir, for your service to our country and your service to our community.

  2. Sandra Kent on May 5th, 2021 9:48 pm

    Mr. Dawson was a very kind man. He cut my Dad’s and brothers hair. I took my son to him a few times. My son keeps it like Mr. Dawson cut it.
    Praying for his family. He loved his family very much. He was always talking about them.

  3. William Pitts on May 5th, 2021 4:22 pm

    Uncle Calvin rest in peace love you Calvin Pitts

  4. Maxie Magnole on May 5th, 2021 2:22 pm

    Uncle Calvin was an amazing man. He loved his family and he will be miss by many. On thing for sure My Uncle Calvin will always be remembered and in our hearts.
    RIP Uncle Calvin I love you and miss you already. You niece Maxie

  5. Bonnie Exner on May 4th, 2021 9:38 pm

    Mr.Dawson cut 3 generations of EXNERS
    CARL, CRAIG and ANNA EXNER GILLEY..he was a true southern gentleman who loved Craig’s fish..he will be missed!

  6. Local History on May 4th, 2021 4:43 pm

    I have a copy of the “Harvester” newspaper with the story and photos of the fire. The man who was killed was Clyde F. Stinebiser, a Navy veteran who came from Philadelphia. He passed away on 3/10/1962.

    Regarding Mr. Dawson’s passing: he also cut mine and my father’s hair for many years. He was a nice man and he was also fun to talk with, along with Bedford. Rest in peace sir!

  7. Jack Claypoole on May 4th, 2021 4:00 pm

    Mr Dawson, you were good to all who knew you. A great friend to my family. God rest your soul.

  8. Bubba Griffith on May 4th, 2021 1:42 pm

    He was a great man and a big part of Cantonment history!! We aren’t replacing these kind of people with the same caliber people!! Prayers for the family and he will be missed!!

  9. Super Human on May 4th, 2021 1:24 pm

    Greatest Generation

  10. Tee bug on May 4th, 2021 11:21 am

    Mr Dawson cut both my grandfather’s hair, my father’s hair, my hair and my son’s hair woww 4 generations plus numerous uncles cousins and friends this is a legacy you could go in and ask him could he give you a flat top and he would reply I can give you one even if you ain’t got but I hair ! A good man and will be missed

  11. Wayne Perry on May 4th, 2021 11:20 am

    Cut my hair many years. R.I.P. Mr. Dawson

  12. Jesse House on May 4th, 2021 8:22 am

    This man gave me my first haircut almost 35 years ago.

  13. tg on May 4th, 2021 7:30 am

    If only everyone could be like Mr Dawson what a wonderful world this would be RIP.

  14. 429SCJ on May 4th, 2021 7:08 am

    I have know Mr Dawson since I was eight years old, a fine gentleman.

    The end of an era.

  15. daniel on May 4th, 2021 6:56 am

    The man cut my hair for over 20 years. I enjoyed our conversations. My he rest in peace!

  16. Whisperjet on May 4th, 2021 6:33 am

    ..Mr Dawson cut my hair for many years…one of the nicest guys in the Cantonment area…He was always upbeat and happy to see you walk in the door..,He was cutting my hair the day that St. REGIS paper company fire started and burned for many hours..there was one fatality in that fire , started by welding sparks in paper dust..
    ..We will always miss Calvin…a really good man…

  17. JTV on May 4th, 2021 3:45 am

    Rest In Peace Sir

  18. Brandon on May 4th, 2021 3:28 am

    Mr. Dawson was awesome…. Use to love sharing stories with him while getting my ears lowered… He always recalled previous conversations and showed interest by asking how things were unfolding… A true gentleman and absolute delight, I was honored for him to have me as his customer…. RIP Mr. Dawson

  19. D. Flowers on May 4th, 2021 1:02 am

    R.I.P. Mr. Dawson. You were a good man.

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