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Edward Henry Dawkins

December 14, 2003

Edward Henry "King" Dawkins, 83

Troy Edward Henry "King" Dawkins, 83, died Sunday, Dec. 14 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.

Mr. Dawkins emigrated the the United States in the early 1950s and worked as an orderly at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and later as a salesman at the former S. Klein department store at Union Square. He retired circa 1980 as a Western Union teletype operator.

Mr. Dawkins was born June 10, 1 920 in Clarendon County, Jamaica, to Urah [nee Mundle] and George Daniel Dawkins. He attended Calabar High School.

Mr. Dawkins married Iris C. McFarquhar in 1952. Their union produced three sons.

In Jamaica, he attended the Congregational church. For many years in New York City, Mr. Dawkins attended the Community Church of New York [Unitarian Universalist]. In Troy, he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

He was an avid sports enthusiast; Mr. Dawkins played cricket and soccer and swam during his youth and followed baseball, boxing, thoroughbred racing and other sports as a mature adult. He was a voracious reader and charming conversationalist.

He lived in upstate New York for more than a decade.

Mr. Dawkins is survived by his former wife Iris of Hollywood, Pla.; sons Wayne J. of Newport News, Va., Keith G. of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Richard M, of Oakland, Calif.; a brother Lambert, of Kingston, Jamaica, and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces Olive Wheatley of Stone Mountain, Ga. and Hyacinth Kelly of Toronto, Canada, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service which will be held Friday at 12 noon from the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. corner of Pawling and Maple Avenues Troy with Rev. Jackie Robinson, officiating.

Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Dawkins to Joseph House 74 Ferry Street Troy, NY 12180.

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