Levi Erskine Hawkins Sr.
October 13, 1941 – October 8, 2021
Levi Erskine Hawkins, Sr., age 79, went to join his parents and his beloved brother and sister in God’s House on Friday, October 8, 2021.
Levi was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 13, 1941 to Frank “Major” and Alonzo Cordelia Hawkins.
Levi was raised in Charlottesville and attended Jackson P. Burley High School. Growing up in Virginia he loved to swim and was known as a sharp dresser.
Levi met his beloved wife, Hattie Mae, in high school. They especially enjoyed their weekly dates dancing at the O.D.D. Fellows Hall. The high school sweethearts eventually married on October 14, 1962.
Levi was a great chef. He worked at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino for over 20 years. He eventually retired as the head chef at Stockton University in Galloway.
Levi loved dogs and western movies. His favorite comedian was Redd Fox and he loved to watch Sanford and Son. He loved to collect Jordan sneakers and many different sorts of hats. He loved playing the lottery and trying his luck with scratch-offs. He loved his family and gave them all special nicknames.
Levi is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Geraldine, his brother Edwin, and his nephew Melvin. He leaves to cherish his many memories his beloved wife, Hattie Mae, his brother Reginald, his sons, Levi, Jr. (Wanda), Charles, Kevin (Wanda); Grandchildren: Ke’vona, Javon, La’quay, Malasia, Kayla Conyer (Justin), Camden, Daija, and Justin; Great-grandchildren: JaMir Hawkins, Ka’mirra King, Ti’mirah Cassell and Joshua Dockery and his favorite nephew, Kelly Yates, and many family and friends, too numerous to list.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 11am, at Holly Memorial Gardens in Charlottesville.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Levi Erskine Hawkins Sr.
October 15, 2021
To the Hawkins family,
I pray that the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
It felt like my heart stopped beating when I received the message that Mr. Hawkins had passed this life.
I last spoke to him three days after my birthday in December 2020. He was full of joy and laughter and shared with me a touching message.
I am thankful that I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hawkins in the seventies.
I thank him for welcoming me into his family. He will always be remembered by the delicious breakfast that he would prepare while visiting NJ. Mr. Hawkins also will be remembered fondly by those early morning telephone calls where he would check on me, and would say, “Ro, how you doing baby”? That was special!
God gave Mr. Hawkins an extensive list of things, that he wished for him to do. Foremost on the list, was to watch and care for all of you. When you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight. God and Mr. Hawkins are closest to you in the middle of the night. When you think of his life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you all tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers unless there is rain. There will be rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together you all can do it by taking one day at a time.
Wishing you peace and comfort,