Ernie Dawson lead singer of Southern Gospel band Heirline has passed away. He died on July 26, 2020. Dawson had faced multiple significant health challenges in recent years. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and sons Eric and Landon.
Ernie Dawson has written many of the songs the group sings. Many of the songs have been in the top ten and top twenty of the Singing News Magazine Chart. He is best known for writing such songs as "My Mama's Prayer," "He's Alive," "Lord Send Me A Refuge," "She's Not Crying Anymore," and a song he co-wrote with his son Eric, "Jesus Has Conquered The Grave," which was their first top ten song.
Ernie Dawson was raised by his Aunt and Uncle, Grace and Robert Cleveland, in Orme, Tn. Their were 11 children raised in a three room house along with his birth Mom, Bertha Dawson, she is Deaf, she was struck by lightning as a little girl. Ernie had never known his birth Dad. He was raised very poor, taking baths in an old metal tub, wearing clothes with holes in them, wearing shoes with cardboard in the bottom so his feet wouldn't blister. Being ridiculed for not having a daddy. Many times having to go without a meal because there was no food in the house. Hard times are something he has grown accustom to, but God has kept him going through it all.
Graveside services for Ernie Dawson will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Bridgeport, Alabama. The funeral procession will begin at Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home (Whitwell, Tennessee) at 12:15 p.m. The funeral home is located at 795 Morrison Spring Road in Whitwell.
Due to COVID and social distancing guidelines that are in place, the family intends to schedule a memorial service at a later date. The family appreciates your continued prayers.