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“Joyce and family I am sorry to hear of the loss of Charles. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May our Lord bless and comfort your family...Read More »
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“To the Hawkins Family,You have my condolences for the loss of your loved one. We were friends for many years. May you be strengthened by the...Read More »
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On June 12, 1940 Charles Leonard Hawkins, affectionately known as "Hawk" was born as the youngest child to the late Edward Williams and Martha Hawkins in Germantown Maryland. He entered eternal life on February 12, 2018.

At a very young age, Charles dedicated his life to Christ at Asbury Methodist Church in Germantown. He was raised and worked on a dairy farm which was owned by his father.

His family took great pride in maintaining the farm because it was the first black owned agricultural farm in Montgomery County. Charles was an avid car lover. He owned several cars over his life span but had one particular favorite; a dark blue 1968 Chevy Chevelie. The legacy of this car has been passed on to his nephew, Anthony who has restored it to its original luster, beauty and reputation. It has been viewed in car shows throughout the region. Charles was an enthusiastic Redskins fan and he supported them, win, lose or draw.

Charles graduated from Carver Senior High School and he began his career in the area of maintenance at Chestnut Lodge. He later relocated to Hampton, Virginia and worked as cook at Dixie Hospital. Afterwards, he worked as a machinist for the Newport News Naval Shipyard where he faithfully served for more than 19 years. He found another passion as a long distance truck driver; ultimately owning his own truck and working for himself.

A man of strong faith, Charles rededicated his life to Christ at Mount Calvary Baptist Church approximately 12 years ago. He financially supported several church ministries locally and nationally. While Charles spent many hours driving on the road, he always took time to stop by home to visit with family. Charles loved spending time at Buckroe Beach with family and friends. He had a special relationship with his nephews, Carroll and Michael, often calling upon them to help with errands and to assist with yard work. Charles was very focused and had a strong work ethic. He was never pretentious or desired what others had. Charles exercised great stewardship over his finances by not living above his means.

Charles was preceded in death by his former wife, Geraldine Neal; his eldest son, Leonard Hawkins; three sisters; Corrine Harris Copeland, Christine Hawkins, an,d Anna Hebron; one brother; John Hawkins; granddaughter, lkia Hawkins and an adopted son, Samuel Belfield.

He leaves to cherish found memories a devoted wife, Joyce Hawkins, ten children, Laverne Dorsey, Charles Hawkins, Kenneth Hawkins, Craig Hawkins (Felicia), Tony Chase, Trisha Chase, Deirdre Belfield, Charles Belfield, Martha Graham (William) and Keona Lee and five adopted children; Carolyn Johnson (Frank), Delphine Fordham (Jimmy), Letha Hart (Gregory), Paulette Belfield-Williams (Leon) and Andrew Belfield; one sister; Gladys Lyons; 2 brother in laws, Benjamin Jackson (Tanya), Jonathan Nickens; 3 sister in laws; Anita Neal, Ruth Offutt, Theresa Hebron (William) and Joan Jackson; 33 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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