In Memoriam: William “Bill” C. Dawkins

MARCH 26, 1928 ~ SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 (AGE 91)

Bill was born on March 26, 1928 to the late William C. Dawkins and Alice (Fasnacht) Moore.

Bill had many accomplishments during his life.   He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion, VFW and Delaware Standard Bred Owners Association.  As a young man he was a gymnast, competing in many gymnastic competitions.  As a PFC in the United States Marine Corp. Bill began boxing, which he ended up having a passion for his entire life.   Later in life Bill met and married the love of his life Ann and they started their family together on a farm in Clayton.  Bill and Ann started their life together living in an early 1800’s log cabin which sits on the farm.  Bill later restored the log cabin to its original status.   He took pleasure in knowing that the log cabin would be forever on the farm.    They turned a few acres of the farm into what was once known as Pacer Park, a place where people would come to hang out and have a great time.  It was at that time that Bill took an interest in politics, even running as a candidate for State Representative of his District.   Bill began training and driving harness horses while running his family farm.  He received his pilot’s license and purchased a small airplane so he could easily travel from track to track across the country.  Later Bill’s son John joined him as a harness horse trainer and driver and together they spent many years traveling the country racing together.  Many of Bill’s other accomplishments included auctioneering, being a commercial crabber with his John as his first mate and being an avid fisherman.  After his retirement Bill and Ann purchased an RV and traveled the country.  They became very fond of a resort in Gautier, Mississippi where they ended up spending most of their time with new found friends.  Many of those friends would come to visit and end up staying for a duration because Bill made them feel like family.  Bill’s family has said he never met a stranger, as he would befriend everyone he met immediately.  Bill joined the Delaware Senior Olympics where he spent many years competing in competitions which included racquetball, javelin shot put and swimming.  Bill won many gold metals competing.   Since retiring from the Senior Olympics a few years ago, Bill has spent his time enjoying life at home with his family on the farm.  Bill was a jack of all trades and he accomplished everything he set out to do in life.

Bill is proceeded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Anna C. Dawkins, hiis son William “Connie” Dawkins and his sister, Grace Martin. 

Bill is survived by his son John Griffin and his wife Lynn of Clayton, DE.  His granddaughters, Debbie Griffin Sommers and Laura Rumfelt and her husband Robert, of Clayton, DE.  His great-granddaughter Samantha Griffin Sommers and his great-grandson Austin “AJ” Rumfelt.   He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who Bill thought of as his own children.  

A viewing will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10 am at Faries Funeral Home, located at 29 S. Main Street in Smyrna. Funeral services will begin at 11 am.

Please come as Bill knew you and how he lived his life, dress comfortably.   There will be a reception at the American Legion in Smyrna, Delaware immediately following the service.  

Bill will have a private burial service at the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery in Bear, Delaware at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Delaware Senior Olympics or Hospice of Delaware.  

Arrangements are by Faries Funeral Home and Crematorium.