Message to followers of my blog: Bereavement- UPDATE

My heart hurts. It is a pain I can’t ignore. I have lost my son.

Because of this time of intense grief in the wake of my son’s passing I will likely not post again for some time.

Please keep my daughter and me in your prayers.

Obituary for My Son

Ricky Gerard Dawkins, Jr., 14, of Lincoln, was taken to be with God on Monday, August 3, 2020. Ricky was born March 11, 2006 to Ricky Dawkins, Sr. and Christy Hyman in Burlington, NC.

Ricky’s smile brought joy to many and sadly we are unable to look upon that smile again in this life. Every person who met Ricky was charmed by his easy wit. Despite being laconic in unfamiliar settings, he had a true gift of gab once assured he was among friends. Ricky was a self-taught pianist and artist with a special talent for graphite drawing.

The beloved Ricky will always be the pride and joy of his mother, Christy Hyman and his father, Ricky Dawkins, Sr; his sister, Chastity Hyman; maternal grandparents, Wilson (Helen) Hyman; paternal grandmother, Priscilla Dawkins. Ricky’s aunts, uncles and cousins who have treasured him all his life will miss him. Our fervent love for Ricky Dawkins, Jr. will remain with us forever and ever.

A Private visitation and Celebration of Ricky’s Life will be held.


I have established a memorial scholarship in my son’s name. Uplifting my son’s talents while helping students like him is part of my healing journey- a journey of celebration, remembrance, and uplift.

The link for the Ricky Dawkins Jr. Memorial Scholarship is