Morven – Mr. Samuel Walter “Watt” Dawkins, Jr. died Saturday, November 21, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 12:30PM on Sunday, November 29th, in Morven Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the service.
A native of Anson County, Watt was a son of the late Samuel Walter and Mary Kathleen Douglas Dawkins. He served 23 years in the United States Navy before retiring and returning home. While in the Navy, he was a sailor on the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise and made at least three trips around the world. Back in Anson County, Watt went to work for the US Postal Service where he worked an additional 20 years before retiring for good. Always community minded, Watt served many years as a fireman for the Morven Volunteer Fire Department. Fishing was probably his best loved hobby and he had all the comforts of home (a refrigerator and television) hooked up by his pond so he wouldn’t miss out on anything. Forever a prankster, Watt never tired of pulling a practical joke on an unsuspecting family member or friend. He also enjoyed genealogy and would spend hours researching family histories whether it be his family or another.
Survivors include his son, Samuel Walter “Sammy” Dawkins, III (Sharon) of Morven, his daughter, Lynn D. Merrell (Kent) of Myrtle Beach, SC; 7 grandchildren, Justin Merrell, Katherine Merrell, Ashton King, Josh King, Melissa Burr (David), Shelley Jarman (Justin), and Maggie Crider; and seven great-grandchildren, Sam Merrell, Mary Dawkins Merrell, Parker King, Sawyer Burr, Ross Burr, Avery Jarman, and Risden Crider.
Also surviving are two sisters, Barbara Ann short (Preston) and Harriet Wheeler (Bill); and a brother-in-law, Carl Blum. In addition to his parents, Watt was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Inez Gaddy Dawkins.
The family suggest memorials be made to Morven Presbyterian Church, PO Box 274, Morven, NC 28119.