MAXINE CREOLA PULLEN HAWKINS was born on April 6, 1951, in Warren County, North Carolina, to the late Booker T. Pullen, Sr. and Blanche Snow Pullen. She departed this earthly life on Monday, November 6, 2017, at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
During her early life, she joined the Odell Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, where she remained a member until her death. She attended Community Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, until her health declined.
Maxine’s educational pursuits included obtaining her high school diploma from the former John R. Hawkins High School in Warrenton, North Carolina, with the class of 1969, and furthering her studies at Kings Business School in Raleigh, North Carolina. She held several jobs including employment with the Army PX in Fort Ord, California, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Sperring Day Care Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
In 1991, Maxine experienced a bad reaction to a prescription drug that caused her kidneys to fail. God showed favor in the midst of many health challenges over the last twenty-six years of her life. She was a walking MIRACLE! Even though she endured many surgeries, hospital stays, and near-death experiences, she could always be counted on to encourage others and lift their spirits. She was truly an inspiration to her family, friends, and other kidney patients at the dialysis center, and would often surprise them with the coolest gadgets and thoughtful gifts. With her generous spirit and big heart, she also served others by being a good listener, a genuine friend, and a bright symbol of “hope” for others facing a chronic illness.
Maxine loved her family, fashion, music and adventures. She was a “Fashionista” in her young adult years, sporting all the latest styles. On any given morning, you could hear music playing in her home while she completed her daily activities. She also treasured family gatherings and celebrations, and her grandchildren brought her so much joy and companionship.
As a young military wife, Maxine was the first person in her family to travel and live outside of the United States, and she enjoyed experiencing other cultures while living in Germany.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Emma Pullen.
Loved ones left to forever cherish her precious memory and celebrate the legacy of her life and love are her two children, Tywan Hawkins and Tameka Hawkins of Fayetteville, NC; her stepson, McCartha Hawkins, Jr. (Tishon) of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren, Jameelah and Xavier Hawkins of Fayetteville, NC, and Denaya, Tamia, and Jorden of South Carolina; three siblings, Wyvonne Pullen Brown, Booker T. Pullen, Jr. (Cynthia), and Barbara Pullen-Smith (Keith) all of Garner, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She maintained a special relationship with her in-laws, Vivian, Sandra, Barbara Jean, Terry, Lawrence, Tyrone, Stevie, and Michael.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 11, 2017, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Elder Frederick Williams will eulogize, and burial will follow in the Shiloh Baptist Church in the Arcola Community of Warrenton, NC.