‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Dawson "Doc"'s visitation.

Dawson "Doc" Popejoy

Dawson “Doc” Popejoy, 92 of Sunray, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Lane Memorial Cemetery. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Sunray High School Gymnasium with Dave Ruth and Bruce Broxson, officiating. Dawson will be available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at Morrison Memorial Chapel in Sunray. Arrangements are under the direction of Beeson Morrison Funeral Directors.

Dawson was born on July 28, 1929, the only boy of triplets, to Tobe and Beatrice (West) Popejoy in Bryant, OK. He graduated from Henrietta High School then in 1950 he moved to Sunray, TX. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army and on November 18 of the same year he married the love of his life Rena Engram.

Dawson worked for Diamond Shamrock for 41 years until his retirement. He then went on to drive a school bus for Sunray schools for another 25 years. Dawson loved filming the football games which he did for over 60 years. He finally gave up filming at the age of 90. He loved and cared for every kid that went through the Sunray school system. His blood ran Blue and Gold. Dawson was well loved in Sunray and they proclaimed December 14 “Dawson Popejoy Day.” His other accomplishments included starting Sunray Little League with Billy Bell and Don Woodard. He was a volunteer for the Sunray Fire Department for 25 years and was a member of Dumas Masonic Lodge. Dawson will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rena; grandson: Jared Goolsby; parents: Beatrice and Amos West; brother: Kenneth Popejoy; sisters: Deloris Stubbs, Doris Kuykendall, and Rosa Lee Stubbs.

Dawson is survived by his daughter: Pam Goolsby and husband Danny of Sunray, TX; sons: Rocky Popejoy and wife Lisa of Amarillo, TX, Mickey Popejoy of Dallas, TX; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister: Christine Tomlinson and numerous nieces and nephews.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dawson "Doc" Popejoy, please visit our flower store.


God's servant! Doc blessed all who knew him and his warm greetings.

Johnny Raymond Jul 21 2022 1:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dawson "Doc" Popejoy

Heather George Jul 15 2022 12:47 PM

So sorry to hear of Doc's passing. He has left mighty big shoes to fill and has made a lasting positive impression on so many. He will be missed.

Todd McSpadden Jul 15 2022 11:12 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dawson "Doc" Popejoy

Donna Ruth Jul 15 2022 9:24 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dawson "Doc" Popejoy

sandy engram Jul 14 2022 12:53 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Doc was one of a kind!

Gail Smith Jul 13 2022 8:51 PM

He and Rena were awesome people they will be dearly missed

Carol Nevarez Jul 13 2022 12:49 PM

Sunray lost a legend and all of us will miss him. Dawson was such a great man. He was a Sunray Bobcat # 1 Fan. I remember him filming for many years even my kid's games. He was always laughing and cutting up with everyone. I will miss getting my hug from him when we saw each other. Fly high Dawson and keep a watch over us. My prayers are with all of his Family.

Sharon LaFever Gill Jul 11 2022 10:58 PM

Sorry, I put the wrong name with Karen, I also had a Peggy in my life. I didn't realize Karen was a doctor, nor did I know she had passed away. I moved from Sunray in 6th grade and lost contacts. May God bless all.

Jackie Green Sheldon Jul 9 2022 10:56 PM

Sweet sweet man💕💕💕Always laughing and always spreading happy…

Sandy engram Jul 9 2022 9:31 AM

Show More Entries