Ernest McCall Hawkins III

April 30, 1948October 10, 2021

Ernest McCall Hawkins III, of Powder Springs, Georgia, formerly of Franklin, Tennessee, went home to be with Jesus on October 10, 2021 in Powder Springs, Georgia.

Ernest was born in Nashville, Tennessee to Doris Seat Hawkins and Ernest Hawkins Jr. on April 30, 1948. He attended Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Memphis State University. He worked as a physician recruiter for 33 years and retired from Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tennessee in 2014. He loved the Lord and his family. He was an avid fisherman and fan of Auburn and SEC football.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Carney Maney Hawkins, and three daughters, Rachael Hawkins Branyon (Danny) of Greenville, South Carolina; Abby Hawkins Edema (George) of Birmingham, Alabama; Sarah Hawkins McKinney of Powder Springs, Georgia. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Sarah Adeline, Catherine Grace, Phoebe Joy, and Daniel Branyon Jr.; Amabel, August, and Elspeth Edema; Seth, Gavin, Peyton, and Liam McKinney. He is also survived by his younger brother, Ross Massey (Lynda); younger sister, Elaine Hawkins Conese (Vince); and older sister, Carole Hawkins. He was preceded in death by his older sister, Christine Hawkins.

Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. (CST), October 14, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with Reverend George Edema, son-in-law of the deceased, officiating. Arrangements are by Georgia Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:

Lost Mountain Church of God 5050 Dallas Highway Powder Springs, Georgia 30127

The family of Ernest Hawkins wishes to extend our sincere thanks to LaToya Shepherd and Dallas Ornelas of Pink Hearts Home Care and to Agape Hospice Care.


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Richard O'Donnell

October 14, 2021

I worked with Ernie through out my time at CHS. We were fellow recruiters together. Ernie was always so helpful and caring to everyone. We all loved Ernie! He will always remain in our memories. God bless you Ernie! You are missed!!!

Lori Graham

October 13, 2021


I'm so sorry for the loss of your "Ernest". One of things I absolutely loved about Ernie was listening to the way he talked about you and the girls. He had so much love for his family. I liked to tease him about having 3 girls and a bunch of grandkids. I told him he started a population explosion.

When I started working at the corporate office at CHS, Ernie was my first friend. He taught and guided me through the process of recruiting. What a wonderful mentor. I loved going on the recruitment trips with him. He was always a joy to travel with. He was the definition of a true "Southern Gentleman".

My heart breaks for all who knew Ernie. He brought the best out of everyone that was around him. Happy heavenly fishing Ernie.

Dana Parker

October 13, 2021

Ernie was a great friend and coworker. I have missed him since he retired and moved to Georgia. We had a lot of great discussions about God, guns, fishing, and Auburn football. I know that Ernie loved Jesus, and I am thankful that he is no longer ailing. War Eagle, buddy.


October 12, 2021

Ernie and I have been best friends, fishing buddies and workmates (HCA and CHS) since the 80s. Work was work but spending leisure time with him after work in Arizona, Washington state, etc., and at our favorite restaurant La Caille in Sandy, Utah, are memories I'll treasure for the rest of my life. We spent countless hours fishing and sharing stories. We fished in British Columbia, the Gulf of Mexico, Kentucky and every river in Tennessee from Crossville in the east to the Tennessee River in the west. My heartfelt sympathies and love go out to Carney, his daughters and grandchildren, siblings and other family members and friends. I'm confident that Ernie truly has found that in Heaven "A River Runs Through It". I will miss you "Bubba".

Angel Johnson

October 12, 2021

I worked with Ernie for many years at CHS. He was the absolute perfect gentleman! My heart breaks to hear of his passing, but as believers we know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I know one thing for sure, and that is, Ernie is somewhere sitting around the throne of grace with that precious grin of his. Rest in peace, my friend. You have earned your heavenly reward. To Carney, his children and all those who loved him, may you find comfort and peace in the beautiful memories you shared with him. God bless you ❤️

Angel Johnson

Eva Herfurth

October 12, 2021

Dear Sweet Carney,
It truly was always such a blessing to see you and Ernest on Sunday mornings at Lost Mountain. Especially, in the last months when we all knew it took a huge effort on his part and yours to be there. That kind of dedication to Christ is a true testament to his character, and yours. I will miss his presence, but, look forward to yours. I will continue to pray for you as you go down this path. Carney, please know how much love you have from all of us at LMCOG. ❤️❤️ Rob and Eva

Ron Shafer

October 12, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Ernie's passing, but am comforted in knowing he is safe and resting in the light of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I worked with Ernie for many years at CHS. He was always the perfect gentleman. I used to love the twinkle in his eye when we would discuss fishing. Ernie is one of those souls that I can say I was made better by knowing him. God bless the family, Ron Shafer

Judi Godwin-Hubbard

October 12, 2021

Ernie was truly one of the kindest people I’ve known. We worked together in physician recruiting at CHS. He was a great mentor and friend.
My deepest sympathies for your loss 💔

Kye Brown

October 11, 2021

Ernest was my brother in Christ at Lost Mountain Church of God. He was always friendly, personable and loving. His presence will be missed but we know where he is now and for that I pray we are comforted.

Sending all my love and prayers to his family. May God give you strength to endure and comfort your heart in your loss.

He will be greatly missed however we shall see him again one day in heaven.

Jane Turnipseed

October 11, 2021

Dear Carney & Family, we were so saddened to hear of the homegoing of your precious Ernest. He will certainly be missed on Sunday mornings @ Lost Mt. Church of God. May the Lord surround you with his peace & comfort during this difficult time. Love and Hugs ~ Jane & Hugh