Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Carroll Woodard Hawkins

September 18, 1927November 8, 2019

Carroll Woodard Hawkins died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on November

8, 2019. He was born in Cove City, NC on September 18, 1927 to James Oscar Hawkins and

Blanche Heath Hawkins and was their only child. He (as were most of the children in Cove City)

was delivered at home by the town doctor, R. O. Milbee who was married to Carroll’s half-sister

Donnie Hawkins Milbee.

Carroll grew up in Cove City where he joined the town’s first Boy Scout Troop and played

baseball in the area leagues. He graduated from Dover High School in 1944 and continued his

education at Oak Ridge Military Academy in Greensboro, NC. Upon completion at Oak Ridge

Academy, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied

Accounting and played on the Tar Heel baseball team. He enlisted in the United States Navy

after his sophomore year of college and was stationed at Pearl Harbor where he taught physics,

electronics, and played baseball for the Navy. He was an excellent pitcher, outfielder, and hitter

who led the league in doubles.

In 1949, Carroll returned to UNC to complete his education. At a student mixer, hosted by the

the University Baptist Church, he met a young woman from West Virginia named Elinor Dixon

who would later become his wife. Upon earning his BS degree in Business Administration and

Accounting, he began working for the NC Department of Revenue. A few years later, on June

24, 1951, he and Elinor were married in Fairmont, WV and have celebrated 68 years of a

“Happily Ever After” marriage. They welcomed their son, John Carroll Hawkins, to the family

in August, 1960.

Carroll was a career employee with the NC Department of Revenue beginning in Greensboro,

NC, where he worked for seven years, then moving to the New Bern, NC office. He retired in 1984

after 33 years with the Department where he served as an auditor, manager and assistant

director. He developed many advanced audit techniques and traveled throughout the state

providing training to other auditors.

He was a lifelong member of the Core Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Cove City and a

direct descendent of its founder, the Reverend Jeremiah Heath. Carroll was very loyal to the

Church and its members. He served as a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years with the

High School, Young Adult, Adult and Samaritan classes. He also served as a Deacon and was

Chairman of the Deacon Board for the past 15 years. He was a youth leader and baseball

coach for the Cove City Baseball Team in the New Bern Sunday School Baseball League. During

his many years of service to his church, he led several restoration and expansion projects at the

church. He drew the plans for the 1968 major renovation and expansion of the church which included

a new front entrance, vestibule and new classrooms that were needed to accommodate the

growing church family. Carroll helped design the new Fellowship Hall that was completed in 2004

and served as Chair of the Building Committee. He and Elinor helped fund the renovation of the

old fellowship hall converting it into a church library and media center in 2017. The room was

renamed by the church as the Carroll and Elinor Hawkins Christian Learning Center.

Carroll was actively involved in numerous community and Christian organizations. He served

as a Board member for Camp Vandemere, Mount Olive College, First Citizens Bank and The Free

Will Baptist Press. He was treasurer of the Cove City Fire Department for over 30 years and received

several awards for his years of service and dedication. He was a Mason and Past Master of the

Cove City Masonic Lodge, Ionic Lodge #583, where he served for over 60 years. He was also a

member of the Scottish Rite in New Bern.

In his retirement, Carroll became a grandfather, a role in which he excelled. He rejoiced in

the time he spent with his wonderful grandchildren. He spent many of his days working around

the family farm landscaping, planting beautiful flowers, and tending to a large vegetable garden

and orchard filled with fig bushes, grapevines, and fruit trees. He enjoyed all sports such as

fishing, hunting, golf, bowling, and playing bridge. He was a lifelong baseball player, coach, and passionate fan of the UNC Tar Heels and the Boston Red Sox. On his 90th birthday, he was honored by Red Sox great David Ortiz who sent him an autographed baseball.

He was a devoted Christian and he was blessed by the Lord with wisdom, compassion,

and great integrity. He was an amazing father who shared his time and many skills with his

son John and grandchildren Stephen and Leslie. He taught his family to do good unto all and to

“…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy strength, and

with all thy mind; and they neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27).

Carroll was preceded in death by his mother and father, James Oscar and Blanche Hawkins,

half-sister Donnie Milbee, and half-brother Raymond. He leaves behind his best friend and

beloved wife of 68 years, Elinor D. Hawkins, their son John Carroll Hawkins, daughter-in-law

Kellie Hawkins, grandchildren Leslie and Stephen Hawkins, extended family Steve, Betty, John,

and Alex Gannon of Boston; and his lifelong friend, Wiley Avery and his wife, Barbara. Carroll

leaves behind dozens of cousins and many devoted friends and colleagues.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the wonderful caregiving staff who

have become like family to us: Lou Knapp, Sirron Fields, Ashley Riggs, Robin Leary, Laura

Keys, Jennifer West, Kathy Smith, Lana Green, Debra Hargett, Rev. Blenda Hargett, as well as

the outstanding support of Community Hospice of New Bern and Dr. John Burnette. Their

love, compassion, and dedication provided Carroll with a blessed life in his later years.

We would also like to express a debt of gratitude to our church family and to our outstanding

family physician for 30 years, Dr. Ken Wilkins.

The celebration of the life of Carroll W. Hawkins will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019

at Core Creek FWB Church, 210 Trenton Rd, Cove City, NC. The visitation will be at the church

at 12:00 followed by the service at 2:00pm. The burial, with Masonic rites, will be at the Cove City

Cemetery immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Core Creek FWB Church, Camp Vandemere

and The University of Mount Olive.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 14, 2019


Carroll Woodard Hawkins

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