Thelma Frances Thompson Dawkins, 83, affectionately known as “Big Mama”, was born in Spartanburg, SC on Sunday, March 18, 1934. She was the daughter of the late Harvey Thompson, Sr. and Lillie Byrd Thompson. She was the wife of the late Mr. Haywood Dawkins, Sr. Mrs. Dawkins was preceded in death by: her daughter, Ms. Melinda D. Jones; her son, Mr. Terrell Dawkins; one granddaughter; six sisters; and three brothers. She was a loving inspiration to those she met. Her faith was manifested by her service to the Lord through church and community organizations. She was a member of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church. For many years she served as a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church and Sunday school #27, Susie Joyce Circle, Wilson Gospel Chorus, Ward #4, Boy Scouts of America, Bee Street Sympathy Club and many other organizations. She was a member of the Sisters of Eden Order of Eastern Star #085. As a resident of the White Oak Manor Long Term Care at North Grove, she continued her service as a member of the Patient Advocate Committee. Left to cherish fond and loving memories are: one daughter, Ms. Marilyn Dawkins; two sons, Mr. James (Nancy) Dawkins and Minister Haywood (Brenda) Dawkins, Jr. all of Spartanburg, SC; five grandaughters, Felicia (Koby) Wilkins, Vanisha (Rev. Rosavelt) Copeland, Kim (Tim) Mills, Shalena (Ray) Pearsall, and Maria (Andrew) Poole; six grandsons, Roderick Dawkins, Omar (Renee) Dawkins, Haywood (Deneice) Dawkins, III, James Dawkins, Alexis Dawkins and Asante Dawkins; twenty great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Doris Kennedy; eleven nieces; five nephews; and a host of other beloved family members. The Dawkins family will receive friends on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the home, 107 Wrightson Avenue, Spartanburg, SC. A Celebration of the Life of Thelma Frances Thompson Dawkins will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 445 S. Church St., Spartanburg, SC. The Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Snoddy will officiate. Burial will be in the Heritage Memorial Gardens, 3901 S. Church St., Roebuck, SC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 445 South Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306. J. W. Woodward Funeral Home
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