Robert Lee Dawson was born in Bradshaw, WV, on top of Rock Ridge Mountain on April 2, 1943. The oldest son of Lee and Eva Dawson, Bob attended Iaeger High School and also attended McDowell County Vo-Tech. Bob married Lucille Profit on October 21, 1961. They have three daughters.
Bob worked as a truck mechanic from 1961 to 1981, then worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation for 18 years. Bob now works for the City of Suffolk as a Police DOT weigh technician, weighing and inspecting large trucks.
Bob was selected to serve as a building and grounds deacon in July 2015.