A memorial service for Dr. E.O. Hawkins Jr. will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville with burial at a later date in Van Buren, Ark. Visitation will follow the service at the church.
Dr. Hawkins, 85, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was born July 19, 1925, in Van Buren, Ark., to E.O. and Cecile Robinson Hawkins. A graduate of Van Buren High School, he held bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from the University of Arkansas. The professor emeritus of english also served as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Head of the English Department during his 27 years at Mississippi State University. His interest in coming to Mississippi stemmed from his William Faulkner scholarship. He previously taught at Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, the University of Arkansas, Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles, Cali. and William Jewel College in Liberty, Mo.
He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the U.S. Army in both the European and Pacific theatres. In Starkville, he was a founding member of the community chorus and member of community theatre in which he acted and directed. He also sang for 19 years in the choir of First United Methodist Church and for the last 25 years in the choir of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth Jemison Hawkins; four daughters, Cathy Hawkins (Larry) Scales of Ackerman, Eileen Hawkins of New York City, Laura Hawkins of Garland, Texas, and Haley Hawkins (Ross) Hirshfeld of Hattiesburg; two sons, Ken (Sherie) Hawkins of Tallahassee, Fla., and Douglass Thompson of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Mary Scales (Mike) Parish of Ackerman, Joanna Scales (Joey) Brockhoff of Slidell, La., Carley Johnston (Tim) Nasis of Plano, Tex., Meagan and Caitlin Probus of Garland, Lauren Hawkins of Tallahassee, Fla., Anna Beth and Trinity Hirshfeld of Hattiesburg; and four great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Drew Parish of Ackerman, and Will and Ty Brockhoff of Slidell, La.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the English Department, MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762 (http://msufoundation.com ) or Trinity Presbyterian Church, 607 Hospital Rd., Starkville, MS 39759.
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