Coach Dawkins was born on May 17th, 1922. His parents moved their family to Thomaston when he was six years old, and he attended East Thomaston Grammar School and graduated from R. E. Lee Institute in 1940.
Coach Dawkins served in the U. S. Army from 1942 through 1946 and served in the European Theater, France and England. Coach Dawkins was inducted into the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame in the Charter Class of 2005. A 1940 graduate of R.E. Lee Institute, Dawkins was an excellent athlete for the Rebels.
He then went on to play football at Gordon Military College and Erskine College. He was also a fullback for the Seine Comets during his time in the U.S. Army. He then returned to Thomaston where, in 1952, he became the Recreation Director for the City of Thomaston.
He retired in 1987 after 35 years of service. While serving in this position he coached numerous teams in all sports but achieved his greatest acclaim as coach of the Thomaston Midgets football team. His Midgets consistently defeated teams from Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama as well as Georgia. He was instrumental in the development of the Junior Peach Bowl which drew excellent teams from other states and communities to play his Midget teams.
Funeral services for Coach Dawkins were held on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at the Thomaston-Upson Civic Center with Rev. Bill Barber and Dr. Glenn Gilstrap officiating.