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Published on: 11/17/2017

Russell Eugene Dawes

Davis Funeral Home



Russell Eugene Dawes, age 101, a long-time resident of Cushing, Oklahoma and late of Tullahoma, Tennessee, died peacefully on November 13, 2017, at his daughter’s residence in Tullahoma.

Gene was born on September 11, 1916, to Walter Easley Dawes and Cora Johnson Dawes in Yale, Oklahoma. He grew up in the Yale area.

He was a member of the greatest generation serving in WWII in Pearl Harbor and the Philippines for two years two months. He always said that he had good duty, and he enjoyed telling stories of his experience.

Gene outlived three wives: Leota Loftis, Nina Robb and Fay Fowler. He had two daughters, Sonja Mae McFarland (deceased) and Janna Washington.

He worked as a platform operator for Midland Refinery in Cushing for 30 years until his retirement. He took pride in never missing a workday.

Gene loved to fish, play cards and play dominoes, and he loved to go to new places and meet new people. He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Cushing always the designated driver for the Keenagers’ outings. He was an active member of the Cushing Masonic Lodge for many years as a 32nd degree Mason.

He was preceded in death by a long list of beloved family members and close friends. He is survived by his daughter, Janna Washington of Tullahoma, Tennessee, and granddaughter, Anjarae, of San Francisco, California. He has two brothers, Leonard Dawes of Auburn, California and Edward Boyd, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Davis Memorial Chapel with Reverend Jim Reynolds officiating. A visitation will be held prior to services, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, at the Davis Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 187 Cushing Oklahoma 74023, or to the charity of your choice.

You may share your condolences with the Dawes family at www.davisfh.net.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.