Sallie Belle Dawkins



July 11, 1946 – February 12, 2024

Willow Spring, N.C. — Sallie Belle Dawkins, 77, of Willow Spring, N.C., passed away in UNC Smithfield Hospital on February 12, 2024, after a short illness. Sallie was born in Gaffney, S.C., on July 11, 1946. She was a faithful and supporting wife of Mr. Booker T. Dawkins, Jr. and daughter of the late Jerry E. Ross and Florence Christine Willis Ross.

She graduated from Granard High School in Gaffney, S.C., on May 29, 1964. She attended College of Beauty Careers in Niceville, FL. She married Booker T. Dawkins, Jr. on July 9, 1973, and moved to Fairborn, OH. She lived in several states during their marriage (OH, FL, NH, PA and NC) and made many friends. She relocated with her family to North Carolina in 2006 from Berea, OH.

Mrs. Sallie Belle Dawkins was a former faithful member of Concord Baptist Church in Gaffney, S.C., and a member of Springfield Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. She loved our Lord Jesus Christ, being a homemaker, doing hair, sewing, home decorating, finding bargains at thrift, Goodwill stores, going to garage sales and talking to friends. She worked several jobs over the years but liked her jobs at Rick Dangelo Dry Cleaners, Tool Producers, Inc., and a sanitation engineer at the Berea, OH, Police Department.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother Preston H. Ross, two sisters, Novella Waldron and Dorothy Neal, one son, Jason T. Dawkins, and two daughters, Shirley Ross and Angela Ross.

She is survived by her husband Booker T. Dawkins, Jr., one daughter, Ms. Phyllis Elaine Dawkins of the home, one brother, Mr. James Floyd Ross (Elizabeth) of Shelby, N.C., and many other relatives and friends. She was well loved and will be truly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Sallie’s name, 1-800-805-5856.

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