In Memory

Samual Warren Chawkins - Class Of 1966

Sam W. Chawkin

July 19, 1949 – May 1, 2019

Sam W. Chawkin, 69, of Atlanta, died May 1, 2019. Mr. Chawkin was born in Chattanooga, TN on July 19, 1949 and was the son of the late,

Louis Chawkin and Rose Kaufman Chawkin.

He attended Baylor Preparatory School and graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1966.

Sam then went to Vanderbilt University where he graduated cum laude in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

After Vanderbilt Sam continued his education at Emory Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1974.

Mr. Chawkin was a member of the Georgia Bar.He practiced law in Atlanta from 1973-1977 with the predecessor firms of Kutak and Rock.

Mr. Chawkin then moved to New Orleans to develop the Wendy’s Old Fashioned

Hamburgers concept with 4 partners and built 26 restaurants that were by far the highest volume Wendy’s locations in the country.

In 1987 he sold his locations and did some consulting work with Wendy’s International for several years.

In 1992 Sam opened the first franchise of Corky’s Bar-B-Q in New Orleans, a concept founded in Memphis.

In 1995, with partners, he started developing Wendy’s restaurants in Central Florida through both purchase and construction.

He retired in 2017 when he sold his 13 store franchise. Mr. Chawkin is survived by his wife, Pamela Hartle Chawkin; sisters,

Beverly Steres (Gary), Helen Lemm; nieces, Jill Annenberg (Alan), Karen Wener (Andy); and nephew, Richard Stein (Laurie).

Graveside services will be Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10 o‘clock at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam’s name can be made to thyroid cancer research, checks payable to the

“Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”, Penn Medicine Development, c/o Katie Detzel, 3535 Market St, Suite 750, Philadelphia,

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06/18/19 04:33 PM #1    

Bill Clemons (1967)

I remember Sammy as a funny, witty, always friendly guy, who was almost always happy. I would not have guested Sammy would become a food franchise mogul. It is also interesting that he started a Corky's BBQ, I was always a big Corky's fan. I casually met Barry Pelts who founded Corky's once a long time ago. He like Sammy were both Vandy Alumni and were both very personable. Having lived in Memphis, Decatur, and Huntsville I have learned BBQ is a religion in some areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. I never saw Sammy after High School but I wish I had. he was one of the truly nice guys.

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