Henderson, NC

#1 Aug 16, 2008
My cousin, William Wimbish, and I, Shirley Stebbins, almost ran the place for "Flick" for all our high school years....good to see a photo of it. Shirley
Lake Girl

Gloucester, VA

#2 Nov 14, 2008
Pizza Burger! That was my brother's fave!

South Boston, VA

#3 Nov 24, 2008
shirleybug wrote:
My cousin, William Wimbish, and I, Shirley Stebbins, almost ran the place for "Flick" for all our high school years....good to see a photo of it. Shirley
I would like to thank you for the wonderful sentiments that you shared, and also I would like to add something to the list, but it says i need a Java script, But to let you know, the Rawls's never forgot you!!!

South Boston, VA

#4 Nov 24, 2008
I would like to start off by saying how blessed I was to have known the Rawls family. They loved calling Clarksville home and had great admiration for their friends, especially for the many teens that made"The Penguin" a fun place to be. I grew up listening to my grandaddy speak of the many wonderful workers, and how highly they both spoke of them.I tell you, there was never a bad story. They were dedicated to the community and were an inspriration to the many who were blessed to have worked with or just stopped by to listend to Flick tell a story or instill a little knowledge in on you unexpectedly. With every order came friendly advise. "Free of charge" Yep those were the "good ole days". I love you Grandaddy.
Kevin D Cole

Northbrook, IL

#5 Jan 8, 2009
I was fortunate enough to have lived next door to Flick and Hazel. My Sister and I also worked for Flick for several years while in High School. It was truly a fun place to work. I loved all the little sayings Flick use to have. Some I still use today. The memories will be with me forever.
shirley bug

Henderson, NC

#6 Jan 17, 2009
Some of my best memories of high school were there with "Flick" and "Mrs. Flick". Even being a majorette with the band and working the football games after the games was a pleasure. We all had fun and family in our minds and hearts because of the way "Flick" taught us to grow-up!!!!!
Thomas Gregory

Durham, NC

#7 Jun 23, 2015
The Penquin Flick Rawls Owner and Operator

I worked there off and on from 1972- 1977.

A lot of who I am is due to Flick Rawls. I tell folks if you like my humor , you would have loved Flick as I did. He was a second Dad to me and so many other youngsters from Clarksville. Here is a brief list of the things I've seen Flick do with youngsters who worked for him or just came in for a bite to eat.
How to make change. Sounds simple doesn't it. Wait until the cash register at the golden arches breaks down and see how many know how to do this correctly.
How to cook quickly and with good results.
How to repair and yes paint a car. Flick took his time to help one of my co-workers get an old MG running and actually painted it in the parking lot.
How to take care of money. Flick would also held some of my co-workes pay (with their permission of course) so they wouldn't be broke by having thrown it all away.
How to catch a thief. We had a local problem child that would hang around in the back dining room close to the "open" cash drawer we kept in the back . Flick suspected a problem and had my con-worker put a red mark on all of the bills in the drawer. The problem child later paid for his order and oh yes the bills had a red mark on them. After some choice words from Flick the thief was escorted out of the Penquin with orders never to return again. He didn't. Flick was a great guy but also a great big guy. About 6 foot 3 inches and about 230 or so.
How to make and keep friends. Flick would take that large body of his and fold it up to just the right height to talk to his patrons in the parking lot about anything. Smiling and Smoking he kept them all coming back for more.
How to treat your family. Flick Rawls LOVED his family. Good times, Bad times, anytime. There was never a doubt that Flick was totally committed to his family.
How to treat the elderly. Flick would deliver a $.35 hamburger to an elderly neighbor of mine any time she called for her polio scarred daughter.
How to tell a joke. Can't tell them all in mixed company but Flick chose his company well for his tales and would crack us all up with his antics.
The Penquin was a home away from home for so many youths for three decades. Too many to count. A good place to meet and be. While there were a few squealing tires, a beer or two may have been consumed in the parking lot and a bloody nose now and again. Flick and his presence offered a wonderful place for them to gather.
I loved Flick and miss him a lot.

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