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746 Cherry Street, Macon, GA

OBITUARY

John Rene' "Jay" Hawkins Jr.

January 28, 1954February 13, 2020

John Rene’ “Jay” Hawkins, Jr. died unexpectedly Thursday, February 13, 2020. The service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Chip Miller officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Benj, the Benjamin Hawkins UGA Law School Scholarship Fund, Attn: Phyllis Cooke Webb, 225 Herty Drive., Athens GA 30602.

Jay was born in Macon, Georgia to the late John Rene’ Hawkins, Sr. and Annette Moore Hawkins Strohbehn. He was preceded in death by his son, David Benjamin Hawkins. Jay was retired from Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves as an attorney specializing in tax and estate planning. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, UGA School of Law, and earned an LLM in taxation from New York University. He was a member, Trustee and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church, and a long time member of the choir. Jay was a past member of the Macon Exchange Club, past Board member of Campus Clubs and an Eagle Scout. He had a passion for the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish, and sail. Jay lived his life with courage, strength, faith, integrity and an unfailing love for his family.

Jay is survived by his wife, Kathy Roberts Hawkins of Macon; son, John Rene’ “Jason” Hawkins III (Allison); grandchildren, Benjamin and Patton Hawkins; sister, Corley Hawkins Gilpin (Larry); sisters-in-law, Virginia Roberts Kinman (Lowe) and Beth Roberts; brother-in-law, Paul Roberts (Leah); and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visit www.snowscs.com to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Jay is survived by his wife, Kathy Roberts Hawkins of Macon, son; John Rene’ “Jason” Hawkins III (Allison), grandchildren; Benjamin and Patton Hawkins, sister; Corley Hawkins Gilpin (Larry), sister-in-laws; Virginia Roberts Kinman (Lowe) and Beth Roberts, brother-in-law; Paul Roberts (Leah), and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
  • DONATIONS

  • Friends of Benj, the Benjamin Hawkins UGA Law School Scholarship Fund

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Visitation - Following the Service Sunday, February 16, 2020

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Ron Deal

February 17, 2020

Jay did my legal work from his early days with Hatcher and Hawkins until he retired from practice. He was both a trusted advisor and a friend. He always came to the table with his "ducks in a row." I never had to refresh him on where we were or what we had discussed earlier. Because of his intellect and attention to detail, I always felt confident in the legal advise he gave me. A bonus was that it was always concise and usually accompanied by some humorous quip that made his point. After all the decisions were made, he wasted no time in implementing them. He embodied that rare combination of true professionalism and engaging personality. My condolences to the family.
Dr Ron Deal

Gwen Carnes

February 17, 2020

Kathy, how my heart goes out to you and the rest of the family .... I remember Jay when he had just graduated from law school, your marriage and those early years of practicing law ... what a great guy ... riding around in that white car of his (Snowbird, I think). I always got a moment to speak to him in later years because your football tickets are above ours at the UGA stadium. Words cannot suffice at times like this so I’ll simply say ... you’re being lifted up in prayer and that God will embrace you within His loving arms. May His grace and mercy flow abundantly and His peace overwhelm you. Jay was a wonderful guy ........

Trey Norris

February 16, 2020

Kathy and Hawkins Family : My family and I had the pleasure of knowing Jay as a client in both personal and business matters. His knowledge and wisdom was admired and appreciated by all . He always greeted you with a smile. Our prayers are with you!

Susan Heard

February 16, 2020

Kathy, I am so sad to hear about Jay. Please know that you, your family and Jay are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Heard



Edward Dellinger

February 15, 2020

We met Jay at his mother's house Camiff Lodge, years ago. He was a good neighbor and devoted to his family. He was an avid Salior and through the years our most lasting memory is of he and his First Mate heading out in the boat for an afternoon sail and then returning as the sun was setting.
He will be missed!
Ed & Mary Ann

Logan Cox

February 15, 2020

To Kathy and All Hawkins Family,
As a 1972 classmate, fellow athlete,fellow dorm mate and knowing Jay was an all around good friend to all; to hear of Jay passing was very difficult.To see so many of our classmates, no matter what year, have responded to remember Jay , Shows what the “Darlington Family “ is all about !All of us will fondly miss Jay!!🙏🙏

Arthur Gray

February 15, 2020

I first met Jay when he came to Darlington School in Rome, Ga. during high school. We were classmates and he was an excellent student. But I got to know him much better as a teammate on the mile relay team, where we competed in the state meet as seniors. He was the anchor of our team, and the word, anchor, certainly describes the way Jay behaved in so many other areas of life. Years later we were reunited as we both came to Macon after our education was complete. He and Kathy have been important examples to us all after their son, Ben, died years ago. We attended First Presbyterian Church together and Rosie and I sat in neighboring pews to Kathy and Jay. We frequently saw each other after church and were able to give each other a word of encouragement. Jay certainly encouraged me at various times with health issues of my own. I will always remember him for his infectious smile and twinkle in his eye. We pray for Kathy and the family because this is truly a burden too great to handle without the Lord sustaining us. I will miss you, Jay. You lived your life well, you were a friend and fellow believer. You have left a void in the lives of all who knew you.
Arthur Gray MD
Darlington School '72

David Lee

February 15, 2020

We loved Jay . He always had a smile on his face , all the way back to when we were at Mark Smith HS together! He will surely be missed !

Fred Sheats

February 15, 2020

Jay and I attended UGA and joined the same fraternity.
I knew him as the Hawk who would fly from time-to-time.
Jay was always sincerely interested in others.
He was blessed with a sweet, kind disposition.
I was lucky that we crossed paths.
Please accept my sincere condolences to Kathy and Jay’s entire family.

John DuPree

February 14, 2020

I knew jay as we grew up in Macon and like everyone that knew him I was always pleased to enjoy his bright good nature....ALWAYS just pleasant..... he was sure easy to like and he was ALWAYS so sincere in his unhurried engaging way.....meaningful, warm, courteous.....in a word.....SWEET......RIP BROTHER JAY

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

John Rene’ “Jay” Hawkins, Jr. died unexpectedly Thursday, February 13, 2020. The service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Chip Miller officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Benj, the Benjamin Hawkins UGA Law School Scholarship Fund, Attn: Phyllis Cooke Webb, 225 Herty Drive., Athens GA 30602.

Jay was born in Macon, Georgia to the late John Rene’ Hawkins, Sr. and Annette Moore Hawkins Strohbehn. He was preceded in death by his son, David Benjamin Hawkins. Jay was retired from Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves as an attorney specializing in tax and estate planning. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, UGA School of Law, and earned an LLM in taxation from New York University. He was a member, Trustee and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church, and a long time member of the choir. Jay was a past member of the Macon Exchange Club, past Board member of Campus Clubs and an Eagle Scout. He had a passion for the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish, and sail. Jay lived his life with courage, strength, faith, integrity and an unfailing love for his family.

Jay is survived by his wife, Kathy Roberts Hawkins of Macon; son, John Rene’ “Jason” Hawkins III (Allison); grandchildren, Benjamin and Patton Hawkins; sister, Corley Hawkins Gilpin (Larry;, sisters-in-law, Virginia Roberts Kinman (Lowe) and Beth Roberts; brother-in-law, Paul Roberts (Leah); and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visit www.snowscs.com to express tributes.
Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.