Jim is a very personable, outgoing, promoter and leader dedicated to the sport of bowling. His energy, enthusiasm and creativity in coming up with new ideas in getting people interested in bowling has been outstanding.
Jim was instrumental in starting Junior Scholarship programs for the Greenville Bowling Association and the S.C. Junior Scholarship Funds. He previously was president of Star Enterprises, Inc., which owned and operated several Bowling Centers in North and South Carolina and thru his direct involvement has been instrumental in developing hundreds of bowlers and friends in Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg and Ashville, NC. Jim conducted a “Bowling For Dollars” program on local television station for two years. He developed a Video teaching tape for Junior Bowlers as well as “Kid Sizzle” a local Junior Bowling television show. Other promotions have centered around numerous tournaments and unique such as “Bowl-Golf” which Jim organized several years ago in Greenville. All of these programs have strived to create initial interest in bowling and then provide access, encouragement and opportunity for developing sanctioned league bowlers.
Jim is a member of the Greenville Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame. He has competed in many state and local tournaments and has always taken an active interest in local Association business and programs. Jim is a strong supporter of YABA and continues this in Spartanburg. Jim is a true ambassador for our sport of bowling and we salute you on being inducted into the SCSBA Hall of Fame.
Obituary – Died January 19, 1999.
Jim Hawkins, Sr.
Prosperty – Services for Jim Cheek Hawkins Sr., 66 will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel. Burial will be in Fort Prince Memorial Park in Wellford. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Hawkins died Wednesday. Born in Columbia, he was a son of the late David E. Hawkins Sr and Virginia Clark Hawkins.
Surviving are his wife, Deborah Synder and their son, Travis Hawkins; his former wife, Shirley Hawkins and their sons, Jim Hawkins Jr., Joseph Hawkins; daughter, Jeannie Thompson; two brothers; three sisters; on grandson.
The State January 21, 1999