Charley Ray Hawkins, 75, currently of Smithville, OK and formerly of Greenwood, AR and Hackett, AR passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013. He was born December 1, 1938 in Bartlesville, OK. He was a career bricklayer, achieving his gold union membership card from the Bricklayers Union. Charley proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. During his service in Germany, he was selected to travel all of Europe on the Army's competition shooting team, where he competed with the Browning automatic rifle. He went on to serve in the Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1963.
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Charley's family instilled a passion in him, early on, for the great outdoors. He loved his hunting and fishing and he enjoyed his outdoor interest with everyone he met. Charley also loved his two cats, a very sweet female cat named Nubbins and a very ornery male cat named Killer.
Charley was preceded in death by his parents, George Hawkins, and Bob and Mae Dell Landsdown. He was also preceded in death by his wife of twenty-six years, Gwendolyn Sue Hawkins and his second wife of nineteen years, Betty Waddle Hawkins. Both Sue and Betty also shared his passion for camping, boating, fishing and hunting.
Charley is survived by his sister, Georgia Hart and husband, Wayman of Tulsa, OK; two brothers, Terry Hawkins and wife, Margret of Bartlesville, OK and Jerry Hawkins and wife, Diane of Granby, MO; his two loving sons, Travis Hawkins and wife, Caren of Greenwood and Terry Hawkins and wife, Tammy of Fort Smith, AR. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandson. Charley also leaves behind many close friends in Fort Smith, Greenwood, Hackett, Smithville, OK and Bartlesville, OK.
Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood. Arrangements were under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mcconnellfh.com
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Sept. 8 to Oct. 7, 2013