John Louis Hawkins passed away suddenly on Dec. 31, 2018, in Graham, Texas, at the age of 78.
John was born in Tribbey, Oklahoma, on Dec. 29, 1940. He grew up in Macomb, Oklahoma. Throughout school, he was a star athlete. He was named an all state baseball catcher and senior class president.
He served in the Army from 1960 until 1963. After his discharge, John met Shirley Mae Graham in Mangum, Oklahoma, in June of 1964. They married on Oct. 31, 1964, so excited to elope, they didn’t realize it was Halloween.
John and Shirley eventually settled in Graham, Texas, with sons Michael, Danny and J.J.
John worked for American Security, American National Insurance, owned several businesses and labored in the oil field before jumping into politics. John was elected Young County commissioner and served three terms.
Upon retirement, John and Shirley traveled across the United States. When her health declined, John cared for Shirley, unwavering in his support and love for her. He loved her until the day she died, and until the day he died also.
John was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Hawkins; his mother, Ruby Adaline Burleson Hawkins; his sister, Penelope Lavon; his brother, Daniel Joseph; his sister, Nellie Lee; his brother, Charles Calvin; his sister, Molly Susan; and his beautiful wife, Shirley Mae Hawkins.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Michael and Susan Hawkins of Deming, New Mexico; son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Dana Hawkins of Port Aransas, Texas; son and daughter-in-law J. and Erin Hawkins of Corpus Christi, Texas; his sisters, Ruby Shuman of Texas and Jeannie Riley of Oklahoma; and his in-laws, Chuck Graham, Billie Stacy, Bonnell Mixon and Earl Mixon, all of Graham, Texas.
He has eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and too many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to count.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McMillan-Satterwhite Funeral Home in Graham, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Oak Street Baptist Church in Graham.
Link: Shawnee News Star