Fenton Dawson was the kind of man who spent an entire day putting together a swingset for his children, Maddie, 9, and Chase, 6. He was the kind of man who played wheelchair basketball with a close friend, then shocked the crowd by standing up.
He was the kind of man who remained best friends with his wife, Marsha. And he was the kind of man who lit up a room with a smile, even in death.
"There was always a smile there," said Don Mock, a family friend for 37 years, during Dawson's funeral yesterday. "Now it's become an eternal one."
Dawson, 46, worked for Affiliated Computer Services and was en route to Washington, D.C., for a business conference when Comair Flight 5191 crashed.
Friends and family filled a chapel of Southland Christian Church and spilled out into the hallway.
Jim Hewes of Mason, Ohio, remembered telling his friend when he had prostate cancer -- and remembered the compassion Dawson showed him. He recalled competing against him in a pumpkin-carving contest and losing.
He also recalled the first time he met his friend.
"This is a man I need to get to know," Hewes remembered thinking. "And who will touch my life in a profound way."