Dr. Darrell V.
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was born August 22, 1936 in Knoxville, TN and peacefully passed away October 8, 2013 in League City, TX after a long struggle with Frontotemporal Degeneration.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna Campbell Hawkins, son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Chet and Debra Goode Hawkins of Seabrook, daughter Cindy Leigh Hawkins of San Antonio, granddaughters Kendall Grace Hawkins of Houston, Kayce Brown Hawkins of Seattle, and grandson Hunter Goode Hawkins of Washington, DC., step-sister, Barbie Wiggins of Kilmichael, MS and numerous other loving relatives.
Dr. Hawkins grew up in San Antonio, played football at Texas Lutheran College and attended Trinity University after serving his country in the Air Force. He graduated from University of Texas Dental Branch in 1964 and moved to the Bay Area to become the first dentist in Clear Lake City. He practiced dentistry for 35 years including 15 years practicing with his son.
Dr. Hawkins was part of organized dentistry serving as a Director of the Greater Houston Dental Society, Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, TDA Life-member, a graduate of the Pankey Institute, Fellow in American College of Dentists and President of the Texas Section of American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was twice nominated for the AGD Texas Dentist of the Year. He began the elementary school dental screenings in the Clear Creek Independent School District as well as the Bay Area Dental Study Club, helping mentor young dentists in the area.
He was a mentor to ten young dentists that practiced with him for one year each, teaching them how to run a dental practice with honesty and integrity. All of those young dentists moved on to become well-respected dentists in their own right.
Dr. Hawkins was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered by his firm handshake.
A memorial service celebrating Dr. Hawkins' life will be held at Seabrook United Methodist Church, 3300 Lakeshore Drive in Seabrook beginning at 2pm on Friday, October 11th. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Seabrook United Methodist Church.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 10, 2013