Lamar W. Dawkins Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Lamar W. Dawkins Sr. of 2323 Belleville Road, Orangeburg, will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Williams Chapel AME Church, 1198 Glover St., Orangeburg. The Rev. Cesar R. Richburg will officiate. Burial will follow in Belleville Memorial Gardens.
A Wake service will also be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the church.
Mr. Dawkins died August 29, 2009 in the Regional Medical Center.
Lamar Warren Dawkins Sr. of Orangeburg, was born in Union County, "Red Point," the seventh of nine children of the late G. Berry and Ethel Dawkins. He attended Dawkins Memorial School, Sims High School and graduated from South Carolina State College in 1944 with a B.A. degree in mechanical arts. He was recognized for his service to his alma mater by receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and honored as a Stellar Alumnus in 2007.
Mr. Dawkins was a successful businessman in the Orangeburg community for nearly 60 years. Over the years, his business ventures included a college soda shop, four package stores, a party supply store, a restaurant, a beauty shop and a number of land holdings. He was also a farmer, a passion that began during his "Red Point" upbringing. Of these endeavors, he is probably best known for his restaurant, Lamar's, a bar and grill situated between the two campuses of S.C. State and Claflin University that served and provided jobs for many aspiring students, struggling musicians and local citizens. He is also remembered for mentoring to young college students and other aspiring business leaders in the community.
He was a very active leader in local and state community and civic organizations and projects, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Lower Savannah Council of Government, the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Foundation Board, Advisory Committee for Orangeburg Schools, the United Way, the Orangeburg Democratic Party, the Albermarle Corporation, First National Bank, Seaside Development Corporation, the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department and the S.C. Forestry Commission. He was a member and past trustee of Williams Chapel AME church. He became a life member of the S.C. State National Alumni Association, the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and the NAACP. He was also a member of the Elks and the Shriners. From these and other endeavors, he has been honored over the years with numerous awards and accolades.
Mr. Dawkins was dedicated to fostering the positive growth and development of the youth of the community. In earlier years, he provided equipment for several area playgrounds, issued fruit and fireworks to children at Christmas time, hosted a yearly neighborhood and community Easter egg hunt at his home and sponsored a local team in the National Youth Sports Program.
Despite his very busy schedule, Mr. Dawkins was an avid hunter and sports enthusiast. He was a loyal fan of the Bulldog football team from his college alma mater, S.C. State. He and several of his close friends and alumni became affectionately known as "The Bulldog Swingers," loyally following the team on the road by bus for 27 years.
Mr. Dawkins was a devoted family man. He was married to the late Loretta Harper, and was the father of four children.
He leaves to cherish a life of special memories, daughters, Pennye D. (Charles) Hamilton, Lisa Dawkins, Lauren Dawkins; son, Lamar (Enid) Dawkins Jr.; five grandchildren, Leslie, Taylor, David, Lamar III "Trey," and Jalen; a brother, R. Perrin Dawkins; a sister, Virginia D. Pickard; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other dear family members and friends.
Bythewood Funeral Home of Orangeburg is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Lamar W. Dawkins Sr. may be made to South Carolina State University Alumni Scholarship Fund, In Memory of Lamar W. Dawkins Sr., Division of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 7305, SCSU, Orangeburg, SC 29117; The Regional Medical Center Foundation, 3000 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, SC 29115; Williams Chapel AME Church, 1198 Glover St., Orangeburg, SC 29115; Paradise AME Church, c/o Marilyn Gibson, 208 Hamlet St., Union, SC 29379.
Friends may call at the residence and Bythewood Funeral Home.