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James H. Hawkins

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June 3, 1932 – Sept. 3, 2019

James H. Hawkins, age 87, of Buckhead, departed this life on Sept. 3, 2019, surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Jim was born in Portageville, Mo., June 3, 1932, to the late Clarence and Clara Hawkins; he was one of nine siblings. Jim served in the United States Air Force as a Navigator of C-124 cargo carrier during the Korean War while stationed at Warner Robbins Air Force Base. He attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in agriculture and, after graduation, worked for Phillips Petroleum. Jim has a successful career selling petroleum product and purchased real estate for Phillips, covering territories in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. A proud member of Eatonton First United Methodist Church, Jim was a teacher and a student of God’s word. Jim never met a stranger and was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and a loyal friend. Jim loved the art of agriculture and gardening. He loved spending time fishing and rabbit hunting. He has also been known to trap a squirrel or two. Jim had a twinkle in his eye with a quick wit. He was known as quite the dancer. Jim was a loyal husband and believed that the best wives are all born in Georgia. He was blessed to have married two incredible Georgia girls, Beth and then Carolyn. Jim often remarked how lucky he was to have successfully blended two families into one. This was one of his proudest accomplishments.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Carolyn Moseley Hawkins, and four children, Chuck Hawkins of Hattiesburg, Miss., Tricia Hawkins Hogue of Bentonville, Ark., Paulette Hanson Hall of Eatonton, and Greg Hanson of Haddock. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Ann Hawkins Elkins of Foley, Ala., and his nephew, Harold Dial of Portageville, Mo. His grandchildren, nieces and nephews are numerous, currently scattered throughout the Southeast, but all are united by their love for the world’s best grandfather and uncle.

A Memorial Fund has been established at First United Methodist Church Eatonton.

Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton has charge of arrangements.