Billy Leroy Hawkins
July 30, 1967 – April 7, 2018
Billy Leroy Hawkins, 50, Rainbow City, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 6, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Miller Hollow Community Church, Attalla. Food and fellowship from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bring a dish). The Rev. Mitchell Gibbs and Jay Beggs will officiate. Special speakers will be Adam Hawkins, Chad Mink, Rodney Alldredge, Tommy Griffith, and Eugene Horne. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, RaMona and George H. Hawkins; sisters, Sonya Rousseau, Mary Hawkins, and Sharlene Williams; granddaughter, Alexis Hawkins. He is survived by his grandchildren, Jaxon and Alissa Hawkins; children, Blake (Kimberly), Carrie and Justin Hawkins; mother of his children, April Hawkins; chosen son, Charles Rectenwald, who kept his spirits high and always kept him laughing. Siblings, Ray (Leatha) Williams, John (Diane) Williams, Terry (Pam) Williams, Debbie (Mitchell) Gibbs, Roger (Debbie) Williams, Jeannie (Gary) Murphy, Charles (Angie) Williams, Rusty (Leasa) Hawkins, Wayne Hawkins, a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to Amedisys Hospice, Lacey, Brittany, Ashley, Melissa, Jay and all the nurses who were here around the clock any time we called; Collier Butler, Jill Bouldin. Thank you to the family who has been there for Billy in these troublesome times. Very special thanks to Rusty, Leasa, Debbie, Ray, Leatha, Jeannie, Matthew, Charles and Ashley for everything done to help. Because of Rusty and Leasa, Billy was able to peacefully live out his last days at home with loves ones instead of in a nursing home alone. For that I know Billy felt blessed and eternally grateful.