Services for Johnny Hawkins, 83 of Tyler will be held on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Doug Baker officiating.
Mr. Hawkins passed away Nov. 20, 2013, at his residence in Tyler.
He was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Nacogdoches to Russell David and Annie Jewel McClendon Hawkins.
Johnny was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church. He graduated from Tyler High School, where he played center and linebacker for the 1948-1949 football team. Upon graduation, Johnny entered the United States Army
. He went on to serve our country during the Korean War
, where he was wounded in battle on Heartbreak Ridge. He received two Bronze Stars
and a Purple Heart
for his service. While stationed in California, he met and married the love of his life, Patricia Ann McNair, in 1954. They moved back to Tyler where Johnny joined the Tyler Police Department, working the midnight shift while attending Tyler Junior College. Chief Butler said that Johnny was the first Tyler police officer to get a degree that wasn't the third degree. After graduating from TJC, Johnny went to work for La Gloria for five years before joining Kelly-Springfield as a front-end mechanic. In 1972, he opened 5th Street Automotive where he and Pat proudly serviced many Tylerites until they retired in 2004. Johnny loved to spend quality time at the 5 G Hunting Club.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Patricia Ann Hawkins. He was also preceded by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Marjorie and Joe Roach, Melba and Bobby Paine; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and wives, Esther Moore Hawkins and Margaret Burt Hawkins, Leon Hawkins, sister-in-law, Colleen Hawkins; and cousin, Tommy Hawkins.
He is survived by his loving family including his brother, Jack Hawkins; sister, Ann McGuire and her husband Joe, both of Tyler; daughters Kathy Hawkins Wilkerson and husband Alan, Janice Hawkins Roy, and Judy Hawkins Holley and husband Kenneth; grandchildren, Heather Wilkerson Shuck, Jonathan Wilkerson, Whitney Holley and husband Cody, all of Tyler, Melissa Holley Bland and husband Cody, of San Marcos, David Roy and Julia Roy, both of Kingwood; great-grandchildren, Tanner Rodriguez Roy, Nolan Roy Currier, Rayleigh Holley, Kash Holley, Layton Bland and Jagger Shuck.
Johnny cherished his lifelong friendships with Les Sulser and Leonard Leifer. He also enjoyed many fun times with a special group of high school classmates, who continue to gather together on Wednesday nights for dinner, as well as many Friday evenings at El Charro.
Johnny was also a member of the Korean War Veterans Association where he continued to serve his community by playing taps at funerals and other events.
Pallbearers will be Mike Rosenstein, Michael Bosworth, Cody Leifer, David Worsham, Danny Sulser, Trey Johnson and Eric Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Korean War Veterans Association.
Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Korean War Veterans Association, Marvin UMC TV Ministry or The Hospice of East Texas Foundation.