Maybelle Mitchell Hawkinson

December 6, 1927June 29, 2020

IRMO - Private graveside service for Maybelle M. Hawkinson, 92, widow of Richard Hawkinson, will be held in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 10000 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC, with the Rev. Scott Holland officiating. Memorials may be made to her church.

Maybelle died on June 29, 2020. She was a resident of Harbison Shores of Irmo. Born in Columbia on December 6, 1927 she was the daughter to late Leroy Mitchell and Gussie Hooker Mitchell Duckworth. She worked at Southern Bell for 25 years and retired from Illinois Bell in 1980.

Surviving are her children, Donna and David Derrick, Earl and Wanda Craig; grandchildren, LeAnna and Brian Palluch; great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Palluch; sister, Ruth “Sweetie” (Rod) Johnson; many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Dot Mitchell.

She was predeceased by brother, Raif Carl Mitchell; sister, Joyce Mitchell Gibson; niece, Hope Gibson; and stepfather, Joe K. Duckworth.

Maybelle was a wonderful and loving mother and MeMama. She was always kind and forgiving and will be greatly missed by all of us.

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Konni Smith

July 7, 2020

I have had the pleasure of knowing Miss Maybelle for several years as she was a resident of RIchland County. I met Miss Maybelle while working for the RIchland County Sheriffs Department in the Project H.O.P.E. Unit . As a retired law enforcement officer - but came back to work for the sheriff’s department, Miss Maybelle was one of the first people I checked on.
On one of my many visits to see Miss Maybelle, she would answer her door smiling and say “come on in- I have been waiting to see you! “
And as I would walk with her to the living room room she would say “sit a while and tell me what’s been going on with you.” Then she would say “ you have to speak up cause I’ve lost my hearing aids again!”
So I sat across from her and as we were talking I noticed that the couch I was sitting on is where I found both of her hearing aids - right where she had left them!! But she couldn’t see them because they blended in to the colors on the couch!
We laughed a lot about that and laughed often after that! She was such a sweet and kind soul. I definitely will miss her.
Thank you for sharing your mother with me. Heaven received a beautiful angel - I just hope she wears her hearing aids!

Nell Coogler Miller

July 5, 2020

So sorry Donna to hear about your Mother! Maybelle was a true friend. We enjoyed our times at Jean’s and living next door! My father and mother were dear friends of your parents and so glad I was brought into your family as well! Fishing at my parents pond and church activities will always be great memories! Take care and please stay well!!❤️🙏🏼💕

Debbie Yandle

July 4, 2020

This allowed space would never accommodate all the fond memories I have of Maybelle. She and my mother, Mattie Williams, were best friends back from the early 1950s until their passings. Donna and I were also best friends but more like sisters growing up. We were forever together. . Maybelle treated me like a daughter and I viewed her as my 2nd mother. We had so much fun together whether it was at the beach, a burger joint or just at home talking and laughing. I loved to listen to Mama 1 and Mama 2 laugh, and what a great laugh it was. So, when I remember Maybelle, I think of what a true Steel Magnolia she was, those sparkly blue eyes, that happy laughter & smile, but most of all the FUN we all shared. I am truly blessed to have had her in my life. I will love you forever Mama 2. RIP

Susan Branham

July 1, 2020

Rest in peace my sweet Aunt May. I know how happy you are being reunited with your Darlin! My thoughts and prayers for you Earl & Donna.


June 30, 2020

My favorite memory: The lunches with Maybelle at Fatz Cafe, Broad River Rd. We loved their food, but what made the lunches special was the time we spent talking and laughing together.