“The Upson County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that on September 14, 2013 at 9 a.m., the football field on South Bethel Street, behind the Government Complex, will be named and dedicated in honor of Mr. James Dawkins,” BOC Chairman Rusty Blackston stated in a press release Wednesday. “No words can express the gratitude for the endless service Coach Dawkins has given to this community. He has touched the lives of many and instilled in young students ethical and moral characteristics.
“Upon returning from his tour of duty in the Armed Forces in 1952, he became the P. E. Director at R.E. Lee Grammar school and the City of Thomaston Recreation Director until 1976. From 1976 to 1987, Coach Dawkins served as the Director of the Thomaston-Upson County Civic Center. Before his retirement in 1987, Mr. Dawkins led boys’ baseball and girls’ basketball teams to State Championships. Coach Dawkins is best known for the Thomaston Midget Football League. He also started the Junior Peach Bowl Game. He was also the director of the 1972 Little League All Stars. Coach Dawkins was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
“He has been married to his wife, Betty Dawkins, for 65 years.
“We commend Coach Dawkins for his service to our community. We would like to invite all family, friends, and associates to this dedication service.”