Solomon E. Hawkins TAMPA, Fla.—Solomon E. Hawkins, 76, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died on March 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a former president of the old Air Drome Tire Co. in Tampa and was one of the founders and first president of the Florida Independent Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association.
In 1989, Mr. Hawkins was inducted into the Florida Tire Dealers Hall of Fame.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was active in several civic and business organizations.
Mr. Hawkins is survived by his wife, Barbara, a son, Ron, and a daughter, Kathryn.
George E. Bowling
PADUCAH, Ky.—George E. Bowling, 73, a former salesman for General Tire Co. for more than a decade, died in his Paducah home on June 23.
In 1967 he purchased a tire dealership in Paducah and operated it as the Bowling Tire Co. for 13 years. In 1980, Mr. Bowling sold his company to Purcell Tire Co. and retired.
Mr. Bowling served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a purple heart cluster. He also served in the Korean War.
He was active in his community and received a Kentucky Colonel commission from the governor.
In addition to his wife, Jacqueline, Mr. Bowling leaves sons, Bill and Randy. He was preceded in death by another son, Mack, and a daughter, Lynda.
Manuel P. Correia
MATTAPOISETT, Mass.—Manuel P. Correia, 89, died on May 26 in a nursing home in Sandwich, Mass. Born in Portugal, he was brought to the U.S. at age 2.
In 1929, Mr. Correia opened a service station in Mattapoisett which later became Sharkey's Tire and Rubber Co.
Prior to World War II, Mr. Correia purchased retreading equipment. His company went on to produce as many as 400 retreaded tires a day during the 1950s. Sharkey's distributed retreads, tubes and U.S. Royal tires throughout southeastern New England.
Mr. Correia was co-founder of both the New England Independent Tire Dealers Association and the Atlas Rubber Co., now called Hercules Tire and Rubber Co.
By the 1970s, his firm had six retail stores, was a wholesale distributor of Firestone tires and had a retread plant producing 1,200 tires daily.
He liquidated his company in 1985 and retired to Cape Cod.
Mr. Correia is survived by his wife, Ruth, son, Donald, and daughters, Sandie and Ruth.