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Joseph Dawson Bourne
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • East Cooper Baptist Church
    361 Egypt Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Boy Scout Troop 502, c/o First United Methodist Church
    12 21st Avenue
    Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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“jimmy and i were sorry to hear about your son. our thoughts and prayers and love are with all of your family, alice and jimmy cromartie ”
1 of 49 | Posted by: alice and jimmy cromartie

“Charlie and Sheryl I am so very sorry for you and your family ,may God give you strength,your family will be in my prayers tonight. ...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: KELLEY CRAWFORD - MONCKS CORNER, SC

“Charlie, Im so sorry. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. ”
3 of 49 | Posted by: Suzanne Cinelli - Sevierville, TN

“Charlie and Sheryl:May the God of all -- comfort you during this time.Princess Mason ”
4 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Words cannot express our sorrow upon hearing about Dawson. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 49 | Posted by: Neil and Lori Dawson - Savannah, GA

“Sending deepest condolences and prayers on behalf of Pack 725 in Summerville. ”
6 of 49 | Posted by: Ryan Hauck - Summerville, SC

“My deepest sympathies to the family. May the God of all comfort be with you always. ”
7 of 49 | Posted by: R. Edwards

“Charlie & Cheryl, Jimmy and I were so saddened to hear about Dawson. We fondly remember the "Bourne boys", how sweet and precious they were when...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Jimmy and Tammy Kicklighter - GA

“I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sending prayers for your family. ”
9 of 49 | Posted by: Mike Bailie - Columbia, SC

“Troop #329 Andrews SC is very sorry for your loss. We were proud & honored to have Joseph in our lives and our BSA program. ”
10 of 49 | Posted by: Jeff Richardson - Georgetown, SC

“Praying your family finds comfort and peace in memories of DawsonDeepest sympathies, ”
11 of 49 | Posted by: Dawn Wilson - Goose Creek, SC

“So very sorry for the loss of your precious son, Cheryl, Mrs. Benton and Family. ”
12 of 49 | Posted by: Happy (Reid) Land - Georgetown, SC

“May the Lord grant you His peace and strength at this difficult time. ”
13 of 49 | Posted by: David Vath - Charleston, SC


14 of 49 | Posted by: Clyde & Frances Gorsuch - Clemson, SC

“To the Bourne family. Dawson has been in my prayers for many months at the request of my friend Carol Jean Frye, Dawson's beloved great aunt. From...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Frances Gorsuch - Clemson, SC

“Sheryl and Charlie, My heart breaks for the two of you. I'm so sorry for your loss and the pain and heartache that comes with it. I'm thankful that...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Karen Rowell Delagrange - GA

“Dear Mr. Bourne, Dawson's obituary is beautiful. He accomplished so much during his life. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as as...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that our Lord and Savior will comfort and sustain you today and in the days to come. ”
18 of 49 | Posted by: Barbara Murcier Bowens - Irmo, SC

“Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time. ”
19 of 49 | Posted by: White - SC

“I am a friend of Carol Jean Frye and have known Betty Bourne all my life. Dawson has been in my prayers for many months and I had high hopes for his...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Frances Gorsuch - Clemson, SC

“My heart goes out to your family. Having taught all of your boys, I know what a loving and faithful family you are and I know that you will hold...Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: Shari Alford - Mt. Pleasant, SC

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22 of 49 | Posted by: Carol Melton - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Charlie, Sheryl and Family, we were so sorry to hear of Dawson's passing. Dawson was an amazing young man. He gave off such strength, warmth and...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Lindsay Berman-Hansell - Savannah, GA

“I know that you do not know me, but my son Douglas is a friend of Grayson's and he has been telling me about Dawson. I am so very sorry for your...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Nancy Wilkie - Ninety Six, SC

“Betty so sorry for you loss. ”
25 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Richardson - Georgetown, SC

“Charlie and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Sincerely,Emily Garrard ”
26 of 49 | Posted by: A friend


27 of 49 | Posted by: Jeff Jones - Munt Pleasant, SC

“To Charlie, Cheryl and Siblings, My heart is touched that Dawson's Light will no longer shine among us. He carried the Torch of Faith throughout his...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Iverna S Campbell - Savannah, GA

“Sorry we did not know Dawson - he sounds like a wonderful young man and is now free of pain in heaven with Jesus. Just wanted you to know that my...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Ann Traver - Richmond Hill, GA

“Charlie, My heart is broken for you and your wife and family. I pray God's peace and comforting presence for you today, and in the days and weeks...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Carol Melton - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Sheryl and Charlie, I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget how much joy all of your boys gave me when we were neighbors in Savannah. My...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Kathy Butler - Savannah, GA

“Charlie,I said a prayer for you and your family today, just as I will in the days to come, that God will touch you with His healing hand and give you...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Sherri Flanders - Savannah, GA

“Dear Charlie, Sheryl and Family: Ashley and I were so sorry to learn of the loss of your son Dawson. What a brave soul he was. We know that your...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: Delora Kennebrew - Washington, DC

“Charlie and Sheryl, so sad to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers. Love. ”
34 of 49 | Posted by: Chad Larrabee - Huntersville, NC

“Dear Charlie, Sheryl & Family: Our hearts grieve with you in the loss of your beloved son, Dawson. What a brave soul he was and we know that your...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Delora Kennebrew - Washington, DC

“Amy and I are so very sorry to hear this news. We know that this loss must be crushing, but your faith, which has been such an inspiration to many of...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Bob Haley - Charleston, SC

“One of the greatest kids I ever taught. He made me laugh constantly in the class room. He was polite, hardworking, and just made my day better...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: William Dooley - Mount Pleasant, SC

“We are all so sorry to hear of your loss, and will be keeping you in our thoughts. ”
38 of 49 | Posted by: Tim Carier - Columbia, SC

“Your in our thoughts and prayers, Jay and Trudy ”
39 of 49 | Posted by: Jay Bazemore - Georgetown, SC

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss- I met him a couple of times, when he came to the job, such a pleasant young man-- SIP- with the angels now, I...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: Davina Loewe - Awendaw, SC

“Dawson spread joy wherever he went. He was an optimistic ten-year old and continued that same optimistic strength through his illness. His love of...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Eva Stratos - SULLIVANS ISLAND, SC

“We know Dawson is healthy now and is with Jesus, but our hearts go out to you for your loss. You are continually in our thoughts and prayers. ”
42 of 49 | Posted by: The Pedersen Family - SC

“We were heartbroken to hear if Dawson's passing. Dawson and the Bourne family, you are all in our prayers. Dawson was such an amazing young man and...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Lindsay Berman-Hansell - Savannah, GA

“I was so very sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved Dawson. Just seeing the Scout troop's head shaving, I know that he was loved both in- and...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: Carolyn Bourne-Biggers - SC

“When Matthew told me of Dawson's passing, I cried tears of sorrow for your loss, but tears of joy that, His precious Soul is with Our Father. He and...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Charles Rollins - Saluda, S C

“Charlie... so very sorry for your loss but so glad that you have the Blessed Assurance of where he is today. Ken ”
46 of 49 | Posted by: Ken Zint - Columbia, SC

“Tom and I are so very sorry. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
47 of 49 | Posted by: Noel Morton - Bradenton, FL

“So, so sorry for your loss. Dawson was as kind, sweet, motivated, unselfish and inspirational as any kid I have ever known. ”
48 of 49 | Posted by: Gene Sapakoff - Mount Pleasan, SC

“You lit up our lives for 17 wonderful years!! We will miss you greatly but know that you are with God and out of pain. ”
49 of 49 | Posted by: Dad and Mom - Mt Pleasant, SC


Joseph Dawson Bourne, 17, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, passed on to heaven peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was at home surrounded by his loving family. His Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at East Cooper Baptist Church, 361 Egypt Road, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Georgetown, at 4:00 pm. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.

Dawson was born February 6, 1998 in Savannah, Georgia, son of Carlton "Charlie" R. Bourne, Jr. and Sheryl Benton Bourne. Dawson was a Junior at Wando High School and was a member of the Beta Club and the Wando Theatre. He was an Honor Roll student. He was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 502 on the Isle of Palms and earned the highest honor of Eagle Scout before age 15. Dawson was an active member of East Cooper Baptist Church where he was very involved in his Youth Group and Sunday School class.

Dawson loved Clemson football, going to oyster roasts, and playing on his iPad. He loved being in the Boy Scouts and going camping. After his illness was diagnosed, almost 20 fellow scouts shaved their heads to show their support for Dawson during his chemo treatment.

He is survived by his parents of Mount Pleasant, SC, two brothers, Grayson Bourne and Parker Bourne, both of Clemson, SC; sister, Bethany Bourne of Mount Pleasant, SC; paternal grandparents, Carlton & Betty Bourne of Georgetown, SC; maternal grandmother, Roberta Benton of Georgetown, SC; two aunts, Sarah Ellen Bourne and Ann Ward, both of Georgetown, SC; two uncles, Sonny (Kealy) Benton and Joseph Benton, both of Georgetown, SC; and one of his favorite great aunts, Carol Jean Frye of Indio, CA.

His family is especially grateful to his nurse Markita, and the nurses and staff on 7B of the Children's Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Cooper Baptist Church, 361 Egypt Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 or Boy Scout Troop 502 - Scholarship Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, 12 21st Avenue, Isle of Palms, SC 29451.