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.