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/