September 27, 1947 – May 30, 2019
Sulphur- Ray Hawkins, 71, died Thursday, May 30, 2019 in a local care center. Ray was born September 27, 1947 in Lake Charles to Emma Hebert and Harry Hawkins. He started riding horses at a young age with his grandpa. In the early 1960’s, he went to work for Boozoo Chavis and Tekel riding horses for several years.
From 1968 to 1986, he worked in the Choupique Racing Stables for Sue Granger and Edward J. Stine as an Exercise Rider and Groomer, where he fell in love with the horse racing. He worked under several trainers until 1974. At that time, he and Mike Granger, Sue Granger’s son, took over the Racing Stables and they had many fun times running horses.
Ray’s favorite horses were “Bar L Cash”, “Pacific Question” and “Old Dime Box”. Ray became a very good rider as he learned to understand the horse’s needs. He had a hand in teaching others on training and riding race horses. Ray had also trained horses for Calvin and Mutt Vallettee and Marvin Norwood.
In 1993, John A. Collingwood came calling for Ray, there he worked cattle and loved it. John taught Ray to drive a tractor on the farm and they formed a very good and long lasting relationship. After John’s passing, he continued working for Mrs. Collingwood until his retirement.
Ray is survived by his niece and care taker Tammy Abraham, his siblings, Pete (Corinne) Hawkins of Houston, Texas, Glen (Sonny) Hawkins of Dallas, Texas, Creasie (LC) Coleman of Shreveport, Margie (John) Wilkins of Warner Robbins, Georgia, Joseph (Gloria) Hawkins of Columbus, Mississippi, Curtis (Rita) Hawkins of Lake Charles, Allen Hawkins of Hawthorne, California, and Margaret (Ronald) Simien of Lake Charles; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Pete Hawkins will officiate. Burial will be in Mimosa Pines Cemetery South in Carlyss. Visitation is from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday in the funeral home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
- Tammy Abraham, Niece and caregiver
- Pete Hawkins and wife Corrine, Brother
- Glenn Sonny Hawkins, Brother
- Creasie Coleman and husband L.C., Sister
- Margie Wilkins and husband John, Sister
- Joseph Hawkins and wife Gloria, Brother
- Curtis Hawkins and wife Rita, Brother
- Allen Hawkins, Brother
- Margaret Simien and husband Ronald, Sister
- Harry and Emma Hebert Hawkins, Parents (deceased)
- also left to cherish his memory are many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
- Pete Hawkins, Pallbearer
- Joseph Tiny Hawkins, Pallbearer
- Curtis Hawkins, Pallbearer
- Glen Sonny Hawkins, Pallbearer
- L.C. Coleman, Pallbearer
- John Wilkins, Pallbearer
- Ronald Simien, Pallbearer
- Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
June 4, 2019
I first met Ray over 47 years ago at Ed Stine's horse barn. During that time he worked for Lennis Domingue, Ed Stine, Sue & Mike Granger, Calvin Vallette, and John Collingwood. His care and maintenance for horses was second to none. There's a saying out West..."If you ride for the Brand, you're Loyal to the Brand", and that Ray personified. As far as Ray's treatment of his fellow man, I would say if all of mankind possessed one molecule of his kind and humble demeanor, the world would be a much, much better place. God be with you Ray.
June 4, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of Ray passing. Such a sweet and funny guy, loved by many. My Uncle was Marvin Norwood and that’s how I had the privilege of meeting him. We all lived out in Carlyss together on the same property. Will keep all of his family in our prayers
June 3, 2019
Ray use to work for my Uncle Lenis Domingue as a jockey for Uncle Lenis's race horses. I was just a little girl. He was part of our family. He would always stop in at Aunt Jane and Uncle Lenis's. Of course Aunt Jane would invite him to eat with us.
I never once saw him without a smile on his face. Ray had a lot of friends in this business. He had a love for horses like no other. He never met a stranger and everyone loved him with his great personality. I use to see him at the dances. I remember one night he ask me to dance and of course I could not turn him down. He was such a sweet guy.
He will be missed by many~!
June 3, 2019
From the time I was little, I Remember Ray. I loved him dearly as a friend, and if you ever got the chance to meet him, he was that- A Friend. For 40 years of knowing Ray I can’t remember one time that he wasn’t smiling and of good spirit.
From a young age he has always called me “Kipkatooey”. I have no idea where he came up with it but if I heard it, I knew it was Ray. I think to truly caption an epitaph that described Ray, it would be very similar to what Capt. Woodrow F. Call wrote for Josh Deets. At any rate, he was well respected and loved by those that knew him and will certainly be missed... Until we meet again Brother!!
June 3, 2019
Ray, you will be missed by many. I've never met anyone who knew him that didn't have a good word to say about the man.
Till we meet again,
Grey (cotton top) Gremillion