Thomas Franklin Hawkins

December 28, 1929September 20, 2020

Thomas “Tom” Franklin Hawkins, 90, of Knoxville entered Heaven on Sunday, September 20th. He was known to those who knew him best as Daddy, Papaw, “Tom the Bomb”, “the Legend”, “Champ”. Tom was one of five children born in Jefferson City, TN and was a lifelong resident of South Knoxville. Tom was married to his bride, Jerry Brittian Hawkins, for 67 years. He retired 3 years ago after spending over 65 years in the car business, most of those years in management. He loved the car business and could have sold ice water in Alaska. His car lot buddies would say he could be found changing out a customer’s new car tags quicker than you could blink. He served customers at Cliff Petit Motors, Rodgers Cadillac, Delmar Haynes Pontiac, Rusty Wallace Cadillac, and Rusty Wallace Kia Knoxville/Alcoa. In his last years at Rusty Wallace Kia Knoxville/Alcoa, he was known to customers as the older gentleman on the golf cart. When not on the car lot, he loved spending time with his family, and he loved traveling to every football game over the last 15 years to watch his favorite Alcoa Tornadoes win. Tom never met a stranger and was a most phenomenal storyteller.

Tom was a member of First Baptist Church of Alcoa where he served as a greeter for many years. Prior to FBA, Tom was a member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church where he faithfully served as a greeter and volunteered in the music ministry. He and his wife, Jerry, loved attending Sunday School together at FBA and CHBC where they made lifelong friends. In this new season of life, they were excited about making new memories with old Sunday School friends in their new assisted living community. His steadfast faith has left a legacy of integrity, hard work ethic, compassion and godly character.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Horace Hawkins; his mother, Trula Mae Hawkins; sister, Betty Erwin; brothers, John Hawkins and David Hawkins. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Jerry Brittian Hawkins; daughters, Cindy Clinton Harvey (David) and Candy Hawkins Hodge, (Rocky); sister, Jayne Hawkins Greene; grandchildren, Christy Clinton Castleberry (Mark), Thomas Brittian Clinton (Kari), Brittiany Hodge, Courtney Hodge Best (Jordan) and Benjamin Hodge; and great grandchildren, Marleigh and Grant Castleberry, Baylor, Tinsley and Wells Clinton, Kyleigh, Lucas and Anna Grace Best.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alcoa Football Boosters — 1205 Lodge Street, Alcoa, TN 37701, Alzheimer’s TN Inc. — 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, Autism Society of East TN — PO Box 18494, Knoxville, TN 37928, or the Knoxville Police Department — 800 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915.

A private service will be held for family and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Please visit the online guest book to find latest service information at


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Laquita McInturff

October 15, 2020

My sympathy to you and your
family as you grieve the passing
of your father.

Movita “Mo” Steiner

October 1, 2020

I have such fond memories from all the years of football games at UT. Tom was always smiling. His smile made you smile. I am so sorry for your loss, but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. We now have another angel in Heaven.

Kathy Shipwash

September 28, 2020

Ben and I first met Tom and Jerry in the parking lot of First Baptist Church. They were so friendly and offered to take us to their Sunday School’s class. They said just remember the cat and mouse cartoon and we’d never forget their names..... and we never did. They became such special friends. We had some good times and now I know Tom has caught up with Ben and are friends again in heaven.
My thoughts and prayers to the family and special hugs for Jerry❤️🙏

Terri Farrow

September 28, 2020

Jerry, Cindy and Candy,

We are so very sorry to learn of Tom's passing. I bought my current vehicle from him and he followed up every year with a Christmas card. I remember a lot of Sundays eating dinner with all of you at my grandmother's in Jefferson City. He was a very special man and our family thought the world of him. Please know you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Earl, Jeannie and Terri Farrow

Ann Wood Shelor

September 26, 2020

I feel so blessed to have had the Hawkins as my next door neighbors and dear friends starting in the early 1960's on Buckskin Trail! We shared so many good times and special memories. Tom loved to tell the story of carrying me up the hill in the middle of the night (when I had been invited to sleep-over with Candy) "because my Daddy misses me" when I was only 4 or 5 years old. I will never forget his laugh - even now, thinking about it brings a smile to my face.
Please know that I love you all very, very much and share the heart ache at the passing of "Tommy Hawk". With love and prayers, Ann

Renee Harwell

September 25, 2020

Tom and Jerry were wonderful neighbors for the past 16 years. We had so many lovely conversations at the mailbox, you could count on Tom to put those extra garden tomatoes to use, and they always appreciated a good fireworks show - a favorite of Jerry's!.

We'll miss you, Tom.

Renee and Chris Harwell

Paula Marsh

September 25, 2020

Special memories! Love and prayers to the family!!

Blake and Lois Thatcher

September 23, 2020

To the Hawkins family,
Blake and I are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We have known him and Jerry since the Doyle High School football days and it was wonderful to see them at Alcoa football games years later! What a wonderful man and a good friend. All of you are in our prayers. Blake and Lois Thatcher

Dallas Osborne

September 23, 2020


So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Father.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Dallas Osborne and Osborne family

Mike Hodge

September 22, 2020

God bless you all in this time of sorrow and loss, I know your hearts are sad but he is happy in heaven now you can rejoice in that. I love you, Mike&Eli Hodge


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