Eureka- James William Hawkins, 78, of Eureka, IL passed away at
9:10 am on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Washington Christian
Village in Washington,
He was born on December 1, 1935 in Bear Lake, Michigan a son of
Robert and Madge Kennedy Hawkins. He married Betty Ann
Rentsch on February 7, 1959 in Metamora, IL at the Christian Union
Church. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Patricia (Barry) Parker,
Cynthia (Randy) Kerr both of Jacksonville, FL; Jennifer Hawkins
Arnold of Conway, AR; five grandchildren, Clay and Elizabeth Norris
of Arkansas, Jessica Campbell, Michael Mewhorter II, and Kathryn
Kerr of Jacksonville, FL; four great-grandchildren, his
sister-in-law, Donna (Larry Sr.) Barrett of Metamora, IL, two
brothers, Phillip Hawkins of Oklahoma; David Hawkins of Arkansas;
and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Michael Hawkins,
one grandson, James Ausmus, and one brother, Robert Hawkins.
James had worked in trucking and management and retired after 40
years of service. He was a member of the Teamsters
Union. He also served in the Army Reserves in 1958.
James was a family man who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 17,
2014 at Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora, IL. Rev. Ron Martz will
officiate. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is
assisting the family with their arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA. Online
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