2018-04-16 / Obituaries

Deacon Calvin Dawkins

Deacon Calvin Steve Dawkins, age 69, of 311 U.S. Highway, 221 A, Lot 2, Forest City, North Carolina, husband of Mrs. Betty Gaston Dawkins, answered the Master’s call on Thursday afternoon, April 12, 2018, at 12:30 P.M. at his residence.

Son of the late B. J. Meeks and the late Rosa A. Dawkins, he was born on September 2, 1948, in Cleveland County, North Carolina. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Grady and Flora Watkins; and a brother, Clarence Dawkins.

At an early age he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and joined Suck Creek Baptist Church where he was an active and dedicated member serving as a Deacon, President of the Brotherhood, Member of the All Male Choir and Men’s Sunday School Class, former President of the Usher Board and Past Bus Chairman. In the community he was active as well. He was a member of Victor Lodge #141 and served as a Past Secretary; Past High Priest of Royal Arch #56; and was a 32 Degree Mason Commanding Chief. He was employed for fifteen years at Vic’s Tire as a tire serviceman and fifteen years at J. G. Randolph Trucking as Truck Driver.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish fond memories, his children, Anthony M. Dawkins (Leah) and Geraldine Dawkins, both of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Kenneth “Kenny” Dawkins of New York, Treva M. Humpries of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Katina H. Evans of San Diego, California, Rosalind Y. Dawkins (his caregiver) of the home; two grandchildren who were reared in the home, Dracarus T. McBrayer and Kennedi N. Dawkins; his siblings, Grady Dawkins (Wanda), Johnny Ray Dawkins and Lucy Littlejohn, all of Gaffney, South Carolina, I. V. Edwards (Melson) of New York, Mahilda Brooks (Alford), Thomas Meeks (Sunday), Dennis Meeks (Elaine) and Wayne Meeks (Brenda), all of Grover, North Carolina; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a cousin who was like a brother, Deacon Willie L. Littlejohn; his aunts and uncles, Monque Meeks, Emmanuel Meeks, Shirley Smith and Ozzie Smith, all of Grover, North Carolina; his godchild, Tabitha Jefferies; Calvin and Betty embraced others as their own, Lynette and Tavon Dover, Reverend Meika Jones, Marchelle Garrett, Kamisha Degree, Marchele Bronson, Kristie Davis, Debra Phillips and Hope Abraham; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, April 16th, at 2 p.m. at Suck Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Tony Macomson officiating. He will lie instate at 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 311 U.S. Highway, 221 A, Lot 2, Forest City, North Carolina.

Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney, South Carolina, in charge of arrangements.

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