Robert J. "Bob" Hawkins, 85, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born in Burke County on October 8, 1923 and was a son of the late William Fred Hawkins and Mary Anne Reep Hawkins. Bob was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of Calvin Heights Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and he also loved to hunt and fish.Surviving are his wife, Betty P. Hawkins, of the home; children, Larry J. Hawkins and his wife, Jean, of Morganton and Treva Jordan and her husband, Eddie, of Glen Alpine; grandchildren, Johnny Hawkins and his wife, Marion, and Melinda Marco and her husband, Chris, all of Morganton, Robert Jordan of Glen Alpine, and Amy Dale and her husband, Tyler, of Homestead, FL; five great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way; brothers, Louie Hawkins of Glen Alpine and Ralph Hawkins of Durham, NC; and sisters, Margaret Powell of Glen Alpine and Ann Hawkins Davis, of Lowell, NC.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son, Bobby Hawkins; brother, William Arthur "Ott" Hawkins; and sister, Ruby Hill.The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2009, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Culbertson officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvin Heights Baptist Church, 310 Carbon City Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Friends for Animals, PO Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28655.

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