ROGERSVILLE — Willis A. Hawkins, 89, of Rogersville, passed away at his home Tuesday, August 23rd, surrounded by his family.
He was a member and deacon of Henard’s Chapel Baptist Church. A veteran of the US Army, he served in the Pacific Theatre in World War Two.
Willis was the husband of Evelyn for almost 64 years, father of three, grandfather of five, great grandfather of three, Sunday School teacher, neighbor, friend of many and a faithful servant of Christ.
When he retired as the manager of Parks Belk in Johnson City in 1987, one of the employees complimented him by saying that she thought more than anything else, he was fair. She did not know that fairness was his goal as a manager, but she had seen the evidence of Willis Hawkins’ attitude toward his job and the way he lived his life.
Mr. Hawkins was preceded death by his wife, Evelyn Hawkins; parents, Bruce Alexander and Jenny Myrtle White Hawkins; brother, Howard Hawkins; sisters, Dorothy Hulse, Helen Brown and Della Busekrus.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Williams, Ravan Krickbaum and husband, Bill, both of Rogersville; son, Steve Hawkins and wife, Tracey, of Bristol; grandchildren, Kenny Williams and wife, Charlotte, of Mooresburg, Stacy McLain and husband, Stoney, Alex Carney and wife, Elizabeth, Katie Carney, all of Rogersville, Jenn Hawkins Sproles and husband, Nathaniel, of Cincinnati, OH; great-grandchildren, Nikki McLain Jones and husband, Dustin, Cody McLain and Isabel Carney, all of Rogersville; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, August 26, 2011, at Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville, and other times at the residence.
Funeral service will be conducted at 8:00 P.M. Friday, August 26, 2011, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Rick Dinkins and Rev. Richard Cassidy officiating.
Graveside service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in Baileyton with military honors provided by the Hawkins County Color Guard and Tennessee Army National Guard.
Online condolences may be made at www.broomefuneralhome.com.
Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville, is serving the Hawkins family. 272-8250