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Dallas Herbert Champion

On Saturday, February 26th, 2022, Dallas Herbert Champion of Butner, North Carolina, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 74, in Durham, NC.

Dallas was born in Oxford, North Carolina, and attended Granville County Public Schools before volunteering to serve with the United States Army during the Vietnam War in 1965. Mr. Champion served three tours of duty in Vietnam and while in the country sustained injuries for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Dallas returned to North Carolina in 1968, where he taught Industrial Arts at the North Carolina Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Butner, NC until 1979. He then joined the North Carolina National Guard as a Recruiter and served in that position for over 25 years. Following retirement, Dallas involved himself in numerous community and Veterans organizations. Some of his most recent activities included Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10777 Butner-Creedmoor and the American Legion Post 161 in Creedmoor; Member of the Board of Directors of the South Granville Memorial Gardens; and President of the Camp Butner Society.

Mr. Champion is survived by his wife of 52 years, Emily Corn Champion of Butner, NC, their daughter Leigh Anne Fowler (Timothy), grandchildren: Kara Goss (Seth), Victoria Cash (Geoffrey), Dylan Hughes; his great-grandchildren: Emerson, Hudson, and Ryder, all of Oxford, NC; and brother-in-laws: John Brassell of Butner, NC and Jimmy Wilkins of Stem, NC. He is also survived by several cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends that he considered as family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Walter and Elsie Boyd Champion; siblings: Herman Thomas “HT” Jones, Ann Jones Brassell, and Ellen Jones Wilkins.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 4th, 2022 from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor, NC. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM by Dr. Douglas M. Vaughan. Burial will be held at South Granville Memorial Gardens on Old Route 75 with full Military Honors, immediately following the funeral service.

Dallas Champion was well-loved in his community. Known by many as “Dal” and “Papa” by his grand and great-grandchildren, he positively touched so many lives. It was Dallas’ wish that instead of flowers, he would like any donations to be made to the Community Living Center Unit at the VA Medical Center in Durham, NC, or the Veterans Life Center in Butner, NC.

Attn: Kendra Monden
CLC Unit – Durham VA Medical
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27705

Veterans Life Center
PO Box 37087
Raleigh, NC 27627
Or by telephone: (919) 803-5516
Or online: https://vlcnc.org/donate-online/

24 Comments

  • Connie Mack Harding Posted March 1, 2022 7:28 pm

    Prayers for the Champion family during this time of sorrow. Dallas was the best friend a veteran could have an well be missed by many in Butner. God Bless.

  • Lewis B Tripp Posted March 1, 2022 7:42 pm

    Emily, and Leigh, So sorry for your loss. I spent a lot of time Dallas in NG recruiting. He was a great man and I shall miss him aa will all of us whose life he touched.

  • Mary Ann Lunsford Posted March 1, 2022 10:53 pm

    Dallas Champion will be greatly missed in the Butner community. May all of his family be comforted in this loss.

  • Michael Mercier Posted March 2, 2022 3:25 am

    Thank you Dallas for your knowledge, experience, and dedication to ensuring the story of Camp Butner will never be forgotten. Emily, I don’t need to tell you how much he will be missed and I am honored to have had the chance to call him a friend.

  • Karen carden Posted March 2, 2022 4:32 am

    Emily and Leigh so sorry for your loss Dallas was very good friend and I will miss seeing he smile and your family is in my 🙏 God Bless you all

  • Howard G Herring Posted March 2, 2022 11:42 am

    Emily and Leigh I know you are surrounded by those inseperable twins of Grace and Mercy. I served over twenty years with Dallas and he always sat a family caring example for others to follow and admire.

  • Michael Arnold Posted March 2, 2022 11:57 am

    I remember Dallas well…dropping into my dad’s Gulf service station for a Coke after leaving work at the National Guard. Always a super nice guy.

  • Sue Beasley Posted March 2, 2022 12:31 pm

    A great loss for our community, country, military and all his life endeavors. Dallas was the sweetest person you would ever meet, helpful, involved and so genuine to task. Prayers for his family and friends.

  • Rusty Clark Posted March 2, 2022 12:38 pm

    Here’s to the best brother and friend I have ever had in life we had a lot of fun times hunting fishing golf games LOL and recruiting together my heart goes out to Emily Leigh Ann and entire family
    Dallas (Moondog) Champion my brother you were a great soldier and I was always blessed to have you as my best friend and brother I see you on the next turn brother 👍

  • Jimmy Strickland Posted March 2, 2022 12:57 pm

    Dallas has left us all way too early. I have known him for years and served with him in the NCNG in Butner and Durham. He had a strong work ethic, high standards, and a pleasure to have worked with him on a daily basis. He gave his all by serving his Country with pride and yes he served in that “Hell Hole”, Vietnam; not once, not twice, but three times. I had a high degree of respect for Dallas, a true “American Hero”. My condolences to Emily and Family.

  • Ben Currin Posted March 2, 2022 1:43 pm

    Dallas Champion is to be commended for the life he lived—-rock solid man, with a tremendous military record & service to his country, his community, and most of all–to his family & God!!!! RIP…..

  • Brenda Champion Posted March 2, 2022 2:57 pm

    Emily and Leigh Anne: I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the family. My he rest in peace!!

  • Mike and Louise Corbett Posted March 2, 2022 4:28 pm

    Emily and Leigh Anne I am sorry for your loss. We will keep you and the family in our prayers

  • KAY STERLING Posted March 2, 2022 7:55 pm

    Emily, Dylan, Victoria and Kara, Wonderful memories of Dallas and the many conventions we all attended. I send my heartful sympathy to the family. Katie, Loren, Caroline and Patrick send their condolences, too.

  • Ada Nelson Posted March 2, 2022 11:21 pm

    Any young man could not find a better role model as an example for living life. He always had a smile, a hug, and a word about life. To the family, know that his rewards will be great and he will watch over each of you. Blessings.

  • GuyTunstalll Posted March 3, 2022 1:57 am

    I got to know Dallas many years ago while we were members in The North Carolina State Employees Association (Now SEANC). He was most helpful to me at the meetings and conventions we attended over the years. My prayers go out to all of the family. May God Bless.

  • Audrey Smith Posted March 3, 2022 5:00 am

    Emily, my friend. I pray for your comfort for you and your family. Please come see me if you need me. ❤️

  • Beryle Lewis Posted March 3, 2022 9:06 pm

    To Mrs. Emily, Leigh Anne, grandchildren and great grandchildren – be there for each other, cherish and be thankful for memories. My condolence to you all.

  • Judy B Holden Gidwitz Posted March 4, 2022 2:16 am

    I will always Remember his smile and kindness for everyone in the community. He will be missed by many people.

  • Lou Clemmer Posted March 4, 2022 3:14 pm

    Emily and Leigh Ann I am so sorry for your loss. Dallas was an outstanding individual, Soldier and a dear friend. I served with him in the Guard in Butner and Raleigh. We also were on the National Guard rifle team several years, had some great times. He is going to be greatly missed. Prayers for Gods comfort and blessing to the whole family.

  • Lou Clemmer Posted March 4, 2022 3:19 pm

    Emily and Leigh Ann I am so sorry for your loss. Dallas was an outstanding individual, Soldier and friend. I served with Dallas in NCNG in Butner and Raleigh. We also were on the National Guard rifle team for several years, had some great times. He is going to be greatly missed. Prayers for God’s comfort and blessing to the family.

  • Jerry Corbett Posted March 4, 2022 3:27 pm

    Emily and Leigh Ann. So sorry for your loss. I served with Dallas iin the National Guard in Butner. He was always comfortable with himself with his calm demeanor. Always could count on him. When meeting with him, he gave a plan and always followed through with his calm manner. I know you will miss him, but always look back and smile for all the good Dallas had in himself.

  • Doug and Cleo Pittard Posted March 4, 2022 4:21 pm

    GODs blessings to the Champion family…Dallas was a great soldier, patriot, and friend. I served with Dallas for 19 years in the NCARNG in Butner and Raleigh, and he was always professional and positive in his work. Dallas was a friend and valued college.

  • James Tony West Posted March 7, 2022 5:49 pm

    Emily and Leigh I am so sorry for your loss. Dallas was a great man and a good soldier and I always enjoyed being his friend and serving with him in recruiting. He was always the same smiling and great personally. He will be missed dearly. I will be praying for you and the family.

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