July 24, 1932 – July 29, 2020
Elizabeth (Liz) Hawkins was born in Talladega, Alabama on June 24, 1932. She transitioned to be with her Lord and Savior on July 29, 2020.
After graduating from high school, Liz attended Poro Beauty School in Birmingham, Alabama, Wright Beauty School in Battle Creek, Michigan, obtained her license, and practiced as a beautician for years. She then switched careers and began working for Albion Public Schools managing food services at Jesse Crowell Elementary School before being promoted to the position of Food Services Director for the Albion Public Schools District, from which she retired.
Until age and ailments got in the way, Liz was widely traveled visiting Israel, Senegal, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Austria, Canada, Mexico, and most of the fifty States. She was active in her community, founding and giving life to the now defunct neighborhood watch group of Dean Dr. In her early years, she was president of her local Parents Teacher Association (PTA); served as a long-time Girl Scout leader; was a ‘Big Sister’ to many in the “Big Sister, Little Sister” program, played softball, tennis, and tried many different hobbies as she wasn’t afraid to try something new. She was very compassionate and loved kids, becoming the adopted mother of many girls and boys both young and old. She was fierce and complete in her love for her children, and she had an undying faith and love of God, which sustained her when she became sick, that she maintained through her last breath.
Liz was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Smith; sisters, Lessie Smith, Tommie Reynolds, Gladys Brown, Mary Lane, and Sallie Terry; and only brother, Yancy Bradford. Liz is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, George; son, Reginald L. Hawkins; daughter, Janis Hawkins-Clark; son-in-law, Earl Clark; adopted adult daughter, Gunna Kommareddi (Rao), two grandchildren (Vineetha Kommareddi, Mahesh Kommareddi); four step-grandchildren (Shaunda Rogers, La’Toya Clark, Ereka Peek, Tanyetta Bragg); sister-in-law, Malinda Dix; brother-in-law, Irvin Hawkins, and Bill Hawkins; numerous nieces and nephews; eight step-great-grandchildren, and numerous godchildren.
A Private Graveside Service will take place at Albion Memory Gardens.
To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com
August 12, 2020
I really don't know where to begin Mrs Hawkins is one of the first friends of my mother that I can remember. I can remember being a child and being amazed at the intercom system that Mr. Hawkins had designed. I know their home was the first place and only Black home that I can remember seeing the ships in the bottle. When I think of Mrs Hawkins'. I think of someone who was a trailblazer in so many fields and always a proud and respectful Black woman at all time. If I and others would be as half as committed to other people especially the children our world would be so much better.
I would like to let Mr Hawkins, Janis and Reggie know that I'm very sorry for their loss and my prayers are with you. But I truly feel that in addition to your family loss, The family of Albion has lost one of its important role models and foundations. God bless you all and comfort you during this difficult time..
August 2, 2020
To the family, you have my deepest sympathy during this very difficult time, may God bless and give the needed strength, you are in my prayers!
August 1, 2020
George, Reg, and Janice:
We share your sorrow. Liz was a true friend through the years. I will remember the Good Times we had. May GOD Bless you and your family.
Horace & Jerrie Duncan
Prophet Ruby Coats
July 31, 2020
To Mr. Hawkins, Reggie and Janis.
On behave of the Coats Family, we are deeply sadden by the passing of Mrs. Hawkins. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Although, Mrs. Hawkins was God-mother to our sister Bonny Coats, we too loved her dearly.
The Word of God states, "Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8
Prophet Ruby J Coats
& The Coats Family
July 30, 2020
To Mr. Hawkins, Reggie and Janis. As the best friend of my mother, Vera B. Simpson, Mrs. Elizabeth Hawkins was our "Aunt Puddin". She was there for us during every life victory and challenge. She will be missed more than words can say. I am thankful to God for allowing Aunt Puddin' to be in our lives for the many years she was. She is now resting in the arms of Jesus, safe, secure and pain free. Rest well, Aunt Puddin' you certainly earned your rest.