On the morning of Wednesday, January 29, 2020, the angel of silence came and sealed the earthly life of WILLIAM RAY HAWKINS. His soul winged its flight from this world of sin, sorrow, and pain.
William Ray was born to the late Jessie Hawkins and Sallie Ann Hawkins Hawkins on June 11, 1946, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, of Halifax County, North Carolina.
During his early life, William Ray professed faith in Jesus Christ and joined the Shearins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, where he sang in the choir and would break out in a whistle. His formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and he attended the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
William was the community electrician to call on at any hour, and he especially loved servicing his own church, Shearins Chapel. When asked what he was owed, his response was, “That’s between me and God.” He was always proud to use his electrical expertise to help his sister, Maxine, brighten the Dowtin Town Community during the Christmas season. He was also an expert carpenter who helped the people in the community remodel and renovate their homes. William was also a proud employee of Jones Radiator Shop in Dowtin Town for many years.
William has now joined his parents, grandparents, his loving son, Ray Charles Hawkins, his brothers, Merlin and Edward Lewis, and his sister, Bertha Mae.
His sweet spirit lives today and forever more in the hearts and minds of his devoted wife of fifty-three years, Frances Elaine Daniel Hawkins; his children, Kelvin Ray “Red” Daniel (Vanessa), Odester Hawkins, and Koretha Abdou-Saley; his adopted son, Reginald Webb (Linda Jean); his grandchildren, Kevin Ingram, Preston Richardson (Raqueta), Antonio Richardson, Elijah Molden, and Shakira Whitaker; his great-grandchild, Jeremiah Winstead; one brother, Michael Hawkins, Sr.; two sisters, Maxine Hawkins-Jones (Kenneth Jerald) and Linda B. Hawkins-Watson (David); two uncles, Arbor Hawkins and Herbert Hawkins; three aunts, Mattie H. Brown, Ophelia H. Brown, and Rachel H. Wills; one brother-in-law, Ervin Daniel; four sisters-in-law, Shirley Jones, Zenora Matthews (Joseph), Connie J. Hawkins, and Shirley Hawkins; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at the London Missionary Baptist Church, 3386 US Highway 158, Roanoke Rapids, NC. Rev. Alonza M. Martin will deliver the eulogy, and Rev. Danny B. Jones, Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hawkins Family Cemetery, Highway 903, Roanoke Rapids, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time .