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EUGENE HAWKINS, SR.

August 2, 1936 January 23, 2010
EUGENE HAWKINS, SR.
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Eugene Hawkins, Sr., affectionately known as Gene', was born in Calvert County, Maryland on August 2, 1936 to the late William V. and Martha Hawkins. He transitioned from this life to his eternal resting place on January 23, 2010. Gene was preceded in death by five siblings; William L. Hawkins, Jr., Gladys Jones, Josephine Hawkins, Arthur Hawkins and Joseph V. Hawkins.
Gene received his education through the Calvert County Public School System. He attended the old two-room Mt. Hope Elementary School, located in Sunderland, Maryland and later attended W. S. Sampson Brooks High School, located in Prince Frederick, Maryland.
In March 13, 1956, Gene was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Shirley M. Gray. From this union, they were blessed with five children; Robert, Doris, Brenda, Natalie and Eugene, Jr.
As a child Gene attended St. Edmonds United Methodist Church with his family and relatives. When he became an adult, Gene was baptized and became a member of The Bethel Way of the Cross Church. There, he began his Christian walk under the leadership of Bishop Jacob Green. Gene served the Lord and always seized the opportunity to preach the Gospel within his home, while at work or in the community. Serving the Lord while in the beauty of Holiness was his greatest joy. Whenever Gene happened to came upon anyone with a problem or adverse circumstances, he would tell them, "You need Jesus in your life."
Gene has always been a very hard working and devoted family man. Providing for his family was paramount and working long hours was commonplace for him. Gene always espoused the message, "hard work is good for you, rest when you pass on."
In addition to working on local farms, Gene was employed by Rogers Construction Company. After a short time of performing general duties, Gene became interested in the bricklayer apprenticeship. He was subsequently accepted into the program and immediately became an instant success. Being a quick-study,' Gene mastered the art of bricklaying in a very short period of time and had visions of becoming self-employed.
After several years of employment with Rogers Construction Company, Gene saved enough money to purchase property in Huntingtown, Maryland that was later converted to a farm. While converting the property to farmland, he began raising tobacco, pigs and horses. Gene also cleared a special area of the property and later built his home, which was a highlight of his life.
Once settling on the farm, Gene realized his vision of years past and embarked upon self-employment; thus was the birth of Eugene Hawkins & Son, Incorporated, a masonry company that specialized in residential and small corporate structures. When others felt it was not a good idea, Gene reminded the naysayers that he is stepping out on faith and that God would take care of him. With that said, Gene hired numerous employees, mostly from Calvert. Some were experienced bricklayers while others had no experience, but he was always willing to lend a helping hand to help his brethren. Gene's first major project was the old section of the Ranch Club, located in Lusby, Maryland. The quality of his work preceded him; thus, landing him contracts to build residential homes in Kettering, Marlboro Meadows, Enterprise Estate, Cheverly and Seabrook, just to name a few.
Regardless of his success, Gene was always a very humble person, with a heart of gold. He was quick to remind all that God is first and foremost and God is the reason he has had success. If you needed scripture, Gene was always willing and able to provide scripture or read a passage from his pocket-sized Bible or one that was always in his vehicle. Gene touched the lives of so many people and he will be sorely missed.
Later in life, Gene sold his business and relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where he met Brenda Hall. On November 22, 2005, Gene was united in Holy Matrimony to Brenda. From this union, they were blessed with one child, Connor E. Hawkins.
Gene leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Brenda; six children; Robert Freeland, Doris Holland (Carroll), Brenda Russell, Natalie Holland (Dean), Eugene Hawkins, Jr., (Vivian), and Connor Hawkins; six sisters; Kate Coby, Mary Brown, Lorraine Brown (Eugene), Martha Evans (Richard), Delphine Soller and Wilhemina Parran (Willie); one brother; Benjamin; eleven sister-in-laws; Daisy Hawkins, Alene Hawkins, Carolyn Gray, Catherine Gray, Jennifer Gray, Jean Gray, Alberta Colbert and Carolyn Hammond, Ilean Cook, Dorothy Ann Gray, Olivia Griffith; nine brother-in-laws; Charles Gray, Therman Gray, Carroll Gray, Barry Gray, Garnell Hall, Larry Hall and John Hall, Jr., Michael Thomas and Leonard Thomas; nine grandchildren; Kellie, Robin, Sade', Yolanda, Nicole, Nalynn, Shalantae and Trey; two great-grandchildren; Darrien and Daelin, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Cemetery:

Southern Memorial Gardens 10155 Ward Road Dunkirk, MD 20754 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Friday, January 29, 2010 (map/driving directions)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Patuxent UM Church 3500 Solomons Island Road North Huntingtown, MD 20639 on Saturday, January 30, 2010 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Patuxent UM Church 3500 Solomons Island Road North Huntingtown, MD 20639 on Saturday, January 30, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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