Pattie Lonie Hawkins Kimball was born to the late Charlie Hawkins and Swannie Carter Hawkins on October 3, 1916, in Littleton, North Carolina. She transitioned from this earthly life in the comfort of her home in Littleton, North Carolina, on Sunday, October 4, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.
Pattie grew up in the small Olive Grove Community of Littleton, North Carolina, and was raised in a close-knit loving family of nine brothers and sisters. During her early life, she accepted Jesus Christ and joined the Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church. It was here that she was taught the importance of religion and introduced to the Christian values and doctrines that were to become the cornerstone and compelling influence in her life. She served faithfully as a Deaconess, an Usher, and a devoted member of the food committee.
Pattie received her formal education in the Warren County Public School System where she excelled in home economics and gardening. These two subjects helped to kindle her passion for what would be her pride and joy.
Pattie was joined in Holy Matrimony to Merritt Hamilton Kimball, who preceded her in death after being happily married for sixty-six years. God blessed this union with four children. One son, Elwood, also preceded her in death.
Pattie was a devoted homemaker and was also employed in the domestic industry for numerous years in Richmond, Virginia, until her retirement. Working in her garden became a pastime she truly loved, and the more time she devoted to it, the better she loved it. She always believed that hard work was the key to the quality of life, and would often say, “If you work, you might have something, but if you don’t work, you won’t have anything.” Her strong faith and fortitude sustained her, and the song, “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me” defines the wisdom she gained as a part of her life’s learning. Her favorite quote from the Bible was, “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)
In addition to her parents, husband, and son, Pattie was predeceased by seven of her siblings, Gladys, Georgia, Ester, Ann, John, Herbert, and Loyd.
Her sweet spirit remains today and forever more in the hearts and minds of her daughter, Alice Swannetta; two sons, Charles Stephen and Nathaniel Augusta (Valeria); seven grandchildren, Stephanie (Aldvan), LaTashua, Cherese, Pam (Linwood), Tanya (Michael), Juvon (Barbara), and April (James); six step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Charlie (Virginia); two sisters-in-law, Eloise and Lila; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 9, 2015, at the Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 915 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Charles Walton, will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the funeral ceremony and at Robinson Funeral Home in Littleton, North Carolina, on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 12:00 Noon until 7:00 P.M.