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Frank A Dinkins

November 13, 2021

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Frank Allen Dinkins was born May 10, 1940 in Sumter, South Carolina to Edith M. Johnson and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1943 along with his Mother, grandmother and sister.

He attended Cambridge High & Latin School where he graduated Class of 1959. Frank took courses at Fisher Junior College Boston.

 

Growing up he was very active in the church, and was baptized at Union Baptist Church, Cambridge Massachusetts. He served 0n the junior ushers and the youth choir at Union Baptist It was there Frank met the love of his life, Beverly Ferguson Dinkins, in 1961 and married her on October 13, 1962. From this union, came two children, Troy and Debra Dinkins and 59 years of love and devotion.

 

After joining Emmanuel Baptist Church Malden in1962 he served as an usher, sang in the E-Men’s choir, was a member of the trustee board, served as treasurer and member of the building council. Being a Patriots fan, Frank hosted a number of Superbowl gatherings for the E-Men  and continued to serve in the church until his health would no longer allow.

 

Frank joined the Armed Services from 1962 - 1965 . Serving in Germany for three years.  This allowed him to travel extensively around Europe.

 

In 1965 his first child, Troy Allen Dinkins, was born and his daughter, Debra Ann Dinkins, was born in 1970.   He and his wife built their home in Malden in 1968 where they lived until his passing.

 

 A truly hardworking man he worked at RadioShack, Star Market, Circuit City, and Home Expo Center spending his career in the retail business he succeeded as a manager and would retire from EXPO in 2009. He received many award for his service. One such award was a trip to Acapulco, Mexico for Manager of the year .

 

For fun he participated in winter and summer bowling leagues. He was an exceptional bowler. He did the New York Times crossword puzzles ”in ink”; loved putting together jigsaw puzzles (some 3000 pieces; getting coffee with a friends; watching Boston sports, and shopping for new movies or entertainment. His daughter Debbi could often be found at his side putting jigsaw puzzles together. Frank loved to read and watch the History and National Geographic channels on TV. And just hanging out with his friend Richard discussing  sports and world politics. He was an avid collector of movies from a kid and kept a collection of films from Laserdisc to Blu Ray. As a kid he enjoyed collecting trading cards and playing basketball, two things he grew to love forever.

 

Frank departed this life on Saturday, November 13, 2021, a month after his 59th wedding anniversary. He was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather and over all individual who truly loved his family.

 

 Frank was predeceased by his mother the late Edith M. Johnson and survived by his wife, Beverly Ferguson Dinkins; his son Troy Allen Dinkins and significant other, Jamie Gonzalez of Old Orchard Beach Maine; his daughter Debra Ann Dinkins; his grandchildren, Savaughn  Steven Dinkins, Malden Massachusetts and Hilary Gonzalez, Old Orchard Beach, Maine; Also survived by his sister, Martha “Susie” Walker, Mattapan MA; his uncle David Dinkins of New York, nieces Janice and Cheryl Walker, Boston and Randolph, MA (respectively) and nephew, Keith Walker and wife New Bedford, MA; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Ferguson Greene Malden MA ; and his brother-in-law, Barney S. Wilkinson, Canton, MA and an endless host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. 

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
November 21, 2021

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Emmanuel Baptist Church
20 Hillside Ave
Malden, MA 02148

Celebration of Life
Sunday
November 21, 2021

4:00 PM
Emmanuel Baptist Church
20 Hillside Ave
Malden, MA 02148

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