Clarence Abner Dawkins
Clarence Abner Dawkins
  • August 17, 1927 - January 9, 2018
  • Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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Clarence Abner (Dutch) Dawkins, 90, of Cross Lanes, passed away on January 9, 2018, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen M. Dawkins.

Dutch was born on August 17, 1927 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the youngest child of Wilson Kay Dawkins and Ethel Hupp Wharton Dawkins. He was preceded in death by his siblings Harold A. Hupp, Eleanor Hupp Gerhold, Rose Eleanor Dawkins Smith Jamieson, John R. Dawkins, Herbert C. Dawkins, Howard K. Dawkins, and Paul R. Dawkins.

A 1945 graduate of Parkersburg High School, he served in the US Navy at the end of WWII, then attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, graduating in December of 1950. In September 1951 he married Helen Marie Farris of Clarksburg, West Virginia, his college sweetheart. They resided in Weston, Moundsville and Parkersburg, West Virginia, and Reynoldsburg and Canton, Ohio. Clarence and Helen raised three children together, Melonie Dawkins Allevato (John) of Charleston, WV, Dawna Dawkins Williams (Mark) of Louisville, KY and Richard Farris Dawkins (Debbie) of Hilliard, OH.

Clarence retired from Nationwide Insurance Company in May of 1987 and they moved to Citrus Springs, Florida where they enjoyed 20 years of golf and sunshine, hosting their children and 10 grandchildren; Jason Allevato, Jennifer Allevato (Jason Muller), John Michael Allevato, Matthew Allevato, Nathan Williams (Carolyn), Adam Williams (Patricia), Sarah Williams Deetsch (Mark), Josh Dawkins, Caleb Dawkins and Titus Dawkins. In the fall of 2006, Helen and Dutch moved back to West Virginia where they made their home in Cross Lanes, enjoying family and the addition of 5 great grandchildren, and his many wonderful nieces and nephews

He was active in The A.F. & A.M. Masonic Mount Olivet Lodge #3 in Parkersburg , WV serving as Worshipful Master from 1971 to 1973 and receiving his 50 year pin. He also reached 32nd degree KCCH in the Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Shriners, the VFW, the Elks Lodge, American Legion and was a member of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, 5318 Frontier Drive, Cross Lanes, West Virginia 25313, or to the charity of your choice in Clarence's memory.

Funeral services will be held at the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church on Monday, January 15th, 2018, beginning with visitation at 10:00 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be made by visiting