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Frances McCrackin Dawkins, 91, of Prosperity, died peacefully Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Springfield Place in Newberry with her husband and family at her side.

Born on October 2, 1927 in Newberry, Frances was the daughter of the late David Ramsey and Bernice Adams McCrackin. She was predeceased by her sisters: Sara Elizabeth McCrackin, Agnes McCrackin Wood and Dolly McCrackin McCutcheon.


Mrs. Dawkins was a graduate of Newberry High School and began her career working for Southern Bell and General Electric. She married George William “Billy” Dawkins and worked along side her husband at Dawkins Mercantile. The two of them put in long hours to provide a comfortable home for their family. Mrs. Dawkins was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and a contributing resident of the community. With her captivating smile, she was attentive and compassionate to everyone, often placing their needs before her own. She applied meticulous consideration to detail in everything she achieved for her family. It is no secret she was an outstanding cook and enjoyed planning celebrations; it was gratifying to her as she prepared favorite dishes for family and friends.

Mrs. Dawkins was unwaveringly committed to her family; she taught her children to be polite and respectful, and to always present their best to everyone. She encouraged each to achieve their highest potential and was supportive throughout their struggles. Being a doting grandmother gave her much pleasure; she cherished watching her grandchildren play sports and perform dance recitals as they grew into responsible adults. She loved her soul mate, Billy. Together, they enjoyed family time, sports events, entertaining and traveling, as they created over 7 decades of wonderful memories. Mrs. Dawkins will forever be remembered: the devoted wife and partner to Billy; the compassionate mother who fostered virtuousness in her children; the diligent caregiver to her aging mother; and the valued friend to many. Mama’s love and guidance she bestowed on her family will be missed immensely.

Mrs. Dawkins is survived by her husband of 71 years, George William Dawkins, Sr. She is survived by her daughter: Deena (David) Bowers; sons: Thomas Kirby Dawkins, George William Dawkins, Jr. and John David (Susan) Dawkins; grandchildren: William Jacob (Heather) Bowers, Joshua David (Vicki) Bowers, Casey Deen (Blake Yannuzzi) Dawkins and Cydnee Cole Dawkins; great-grandchildren: Aynsly Bowers, Walker Bowers and Bashtin John Yannuzzi; sisters-in-law: Allene Dawkins and Betty Dawkins; brother-in-law: Earl Wood; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the skilled nursing staff of Springfield Place-Unit 4 and MSA Hospice for their abundance of love and compassion provided to Mrs. Dawkins and her family.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church by the Rev. Michael Price. The family will receive friends from 1:00- 2:45 pm in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund, PO Box 188, Prosperity SC 29127.



#30 Mike & Donna Hall 2019-07-15 14:09
please accept our deepest sympathy to the Dawkins family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#29 Buddy Johnson 2019-07-14 11:26
John David so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. We’re thinking of you, your dad and family and know you cherish her life and memory.
#28 Johnny C frick 2019-07-14 07:36
Johnny and family,sorry for your loss. Know that our God will provide peace and comfort during this difficult time. Johnny Frick
#27 Tommy Herndon 2019-07-13 12:04
So saddened at Ms. Francis,s passing.
Always cherish she and Billy,s friendship.
Francis was so special. When Linda and I moved to Main Street Prosperity Billie and Francis quickly became friends. Thankful for the experience.
#26 Toni Hills Dennis 2019-07-13 05:49
Deepest condolences to the family on the passing of Mrs. Frances. What a grand example of a fine southern woman. She graciously shared some of her favorite recipes in our Dawkins Family Cookbook.
#25 Buck and Luke Black 2019-07-12 21:22
Deepest sympathy to the entire Dawkins family
#24 Lisa Gallman-Elkins 2019-07-12 11:49
My family and I extend our deepest condolences to all of you. My mother and father were true patrons of Mr. Billy and Mrs. Frances. I carry many fond childhood memories!!!
#23 Rosann Lester 2019-07-12 09:49
Billy Deanna Tommy George and Johnny So sorry to hear of Frances’ passing! Bobby and I thought so much of her and the family! She always had a smile on her face and was a gracious Southern lady! Love to you all!
#22 Lynn W Wessinger 2019-07-12 08:01
We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mr. Billy, and your family. No one can replace her and there are no words to heal your heart; but I pray that knowing others care and hurt with you will help bring comfort and healing. With our love, Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#21 Neal & Kathey Eargle 2019-07-11 10:01
Uplifting prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Our memories of Miss Frances will always include her sweet smile, gentle voice and obvious love of her family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of Miss Frances.
#20 Paula Yannuzzi 2019-07-10 23:24
The Yannuzzi Family sends there deepest condolences. Beyond grateful that Blake and Bash were able to meet such a beautiful member of the family.
#19 Thelma & Larry Morris 2019-07-10 20:44
Deena and family, sending you sincere sympathy and prayers on the loss of Mrs. Frances. She was always a sweet kind lady, full of joy. She certainly will be missed.
#18 Karen Lindler Smith 2019-07-10 14:32
Sending prayers to your Family during this difficult time! Love Joey and Karen Lindler Smith
#17 Robert Shelia Martin 2019-07-10 14:13
Mr Billy, Deena, John David, Tommy,& George and all the family we are very saddened to here about Mrs Frances. She always had a smile and kind words for everyone. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#16 PAULA STEWART 2019-07-10 12:56

#15 Peggy Bowerd 2019-07-10 11:58
Mr. Billy, Deena, Tom, George, & John, Our sincere sympathy to each of you in the loss of your sweet Mom! May you find comfort in knowing that she is at peace now. Sincerely, Monte & Peggy
#14 Sheriff Lee Foster 2019-07-10 06:56
Our family offers our condolences on the passing of Mrs. Frances. She was a wonderful lady of Prosperity, hard working and most of all always so neat. I cannot recall a time that I did not see her dressed so professionally and beautifully. She was a good mother and worked hard to provide. She certainly will always be one of the people that I will remember from growing up in Prosperity. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#13 Debbie Shealy 2019-07-10 06:48
Deena, Johnny and family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was everything we think of to describe the perfect southern lady. I know each of you are heartbroken. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers.
Debbie and Kenneth Shealy.
#12 Werts Family 2019-07-09 21:25
"Miss" Frances always had a smile on her face and definitely loved her family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Joe, Kim and Hunter
#11 Shelley Remion 2019-07-09 20:36
Mr. Billy, John and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this sad time.

Todd, Shelley, Caleb & Collins Remion
#10 Wendy Lester Riley 2019-07-09 20:30
To the Dawkins family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I will always remember Ms. Francis at the store, smiling and asking about the family in her kind quiet way.

Wendy & Michael Riley
#9 Sammie C Graham 2019-07-09 20:25
My deepest sympathy to the family of Ms Frances. May love and prayers be of comfort during this time of grief and sadness.
#8 Roberta Mann 2019-07-09 20:06
I am so sorry to read about your mom. I am sure she was an amazing woman and raised an amazing son.
Thinking of you and your family

#7 Rhonda Lindler 2019-07-09 19:45
Mrs. Francis was a lovely lady with a very kind heart. You are all in my prayers.
Rhonda Lindler.
#6 2019-07-09 18:54
George, my sincere sympathy for the loss of your Mom.
She was a wonderful person and a favorite of my parents.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dianne Keisler Stewart
#5 Jenny E. Braswell 2019-07-09 17:44
To all of the Dawkins Family, Jimmy and I are so sorry for your loss of Miss Frances. I always enjoyed visiting with her and Mr. Billy, while my mother was at Springfield. Having grown up with their children and members of the same church, I felt a special kinship with them. Miss Frances was such a comforting person and I will always remember her sweet, sweet smile! You all were blessed to have such as wonderful woman in your lives.
#4 Janis Taylor Purvis 2019-07-09 17:39
Tommy,George,De ena and Johnny all of the Taylors are so sad to hear of France’s passing. We remember her loving nature and the good times we had at the Dawkin’s reunions all those years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad during this very sad time.
#3 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2019-07-09 16:19
Mr. Billy, Deena, Tom, George, John & Families, so sorry to hear of "Miss" Frances' passing. She was a beautiful, wonderful, & kind lady. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing others care.
Dan & Robbie
#2 Tim & Nancy Owen 2019-07-09 16:15
Dearest Mr Billy, John David and all the loving family of Mrs Frances,
What a dear sweet and kind gentle lady is your beloved Mrs Frances. She was always so uplifting to be in her presence. My heart grieves for each one of you and we shall keep you all in our prayers. May your beautiful precious memories give you comfort and knowing your own Special Angel is watching over al of you remind you of our promise of eternal life. Not even death can break the bonds of love. I love each one of you, my Adams’ cousins. All our love and prayers, Nancy and Tim Owen
#1 Lynn Riber 2019-07-09 15:43
Deena and Family,
You have my sincere condolences. May God grant you peace and comfort.