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Hodgkins, Al  
Alfred Hodgkins Alfred "Al" Harrington Hodgkins, 86, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (formerly of Scituate Massachusetts) passed away on July 24, 2015 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. A Musical Memorial Celebration of Al's life will be held on Hilton Head Island on a date to be determined. Al was born in Quincy, Massachusetts to Donald and Helen Hodgkins on August 20, 1928. He attended Quincy High School and graduated in 1946. He served as a Tech Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He married the love of his life, Jean Louise MacKenzie, on May 16, 1953 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He worked as a Technical Writer and Industrial Film Producer for several companies, including IBM, Hewlett Packard and Raytheon for 30 years. He then began a career as an actor and voice-over artist. His most notable films were Mystic Pizza, The Verdict, and Mermaids. He was a member of the South Shore Choral Arts Society, the choir at the FTCC Church in Scituate and played vibraphone in the band, Olde Kids on the Block. He and his wife relocated to Hilton Head, South Carolina in 2005. He played Vibraphone in the Hilton Head Plantation Big Band until his passing. Al is survived by his loving wife, Jean Louise MacKenzie Hodgkins, his children Richard and Mary Hodgkins, Daniel and Susan Hodgkins, Gail Hodgkins Smith and Joseph Perry, and Beth Hodgkins Green. He left behind 10 grandchildren: Aprile Hodgkins, Kathryn Hodgkins, Sabrina Perry, Brianna Hodgkins, Timothy Polyak, Anna Hodgkins, Michael Green, Nicholas Polyak, Christopher Polyak, and Julia Polyak. He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Helen Hodgkins, and brothers George and Robert Hodgkins. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. .
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Published in The Island Packet from July 28 to Aug. 28, 2015

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Hammons, James - Beaufort  
James Harvey Hammons James Harvey Hammons of St. Helena Island, South Carolina (and formerly of Charleston, West Virginia) died on August 17, 2015 at the age of 83 after a long illness. His wife of 53 years, Norma DeMary Hammons, was at his side. Harvey was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 2, 1932 to Marion F. and Jimmie Lou Hammons. He graduated as valedictorian of Jonesboro High School at the age of 16. He went on to travel the world with the United States Navy where friends encouraged him to go to college after his service. Harvey attended the George Institute of Technology and graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in chemical engineering. He moved to Charleston, West Virginia to take a job with Union Carbide Corporation where he worked for more than 30 years, later serving as a consultant with John Brown Engineering. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University. In Charleston, he met and married Norma Jean DeMary with whom he raised two children, Anne Michele Hammons Aunins and James H. Hammons, Jr. He was a member of Christ Church United Methodist. Harvey had wide ranging interests from opera to gardening, astronomy, bird watching, singing, wine making, following the stock market, cheering for Georgia Tech's and West Virginia's sports teams, tennis, croquet and waging battle against woodpeckers. He was a great dancer. He approached life with a delightfully wry and sharp sense of humor. Harvey made friends easily and was a devoted husband and father and a true southern gentleman. He is survived by his wife Norma of St. Helena Island, South Carolina; his son Jim of Cambridge, Massachusetts; his daughter Anne and her husband John G. Aunins and their three children, Thomas, Benjamin and Emily of Newton Massachusetts; his sister Doris Powell of Columbus, Georgia; his brother- and sister-in-law John and Kathryn DeMary of Shinnston, West Virginia; and four nephews and one niece. The family would like to thank the volunteers and staff of Friends of Caroline Hospice, the Alzheimer's Association and NHC Bluffton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935 or the Alzheimer's Association ( ). A celebration of life will be held at the Dataw Island Club, St. Helena Island, South Carolina, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2015. A Memorial Mass will also be said at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, West Virginia, on September 25, 2015. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
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Published in The Island Packet on Aug. 26, 2015

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Hauer, Harold  
Harold Hauer Harold Hauer, 73, of Hilton Head Island, SC died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at his home. He was born April 26, 1942 in New York City. Harold grew up in the Bronx and graduated from The City College of New York with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1962 and later earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1970. Harold began working as an analytical chemist at Hercules Incorporated in Wilmington, Delaware in 1969 and co-authored three patents relating to chemical analysis instrumentation during his 34-year tenure. He retired as a Research Fellow in 2003. He was a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society and Alpha Chi Sigma. While living in Delaware, Harold found ways to express his love for the arts, volunteering, and food. He and his wife, Helen were season ticket holders at the Delaware Theater Company for many years. He designed sets for the Chapel Street Players in the 1970's and performed a self-written monologue, "A Jew's View of Christmas" to good reviews. Using his set designing knowledge, Harold transformed his daughter's high school entrance into a pirate ship and a hallway into the deck of a cruise ship for two after-prom celebrations. For 4 years, Harold served as President of his daughter's Montessori school, and he regularly volunteered to be a judge at the Delaware Regional Science Fair. Harold loved good food and enjoyed making dishes that were complex, appealing to his analytical nature. Perhaps the most well-known and loved of these dishes were his famous sourdough pancakes. After retiring to Hilton Head Island, SC in 2004, where he and his family had vacation for years, Harold led a very active life as a teacher for Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island from 2006-2014, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Island and Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head. As President of the Judging Committee of Sea Island Regional Science Fair (SIRSF), he gave generously of his time to many science fairs as a judge in Beaufort County. Harold loved learning and sharing his knowledge with others. He gave chemistry demonstrations at local schools, enjoyed conducting science experiments with his granddaughter, and will fondly be remembered as a teacher at Congregation Beth Yam religious school for his devotion to the students. Harold is survived by his wife Helen Schoen Hauer; daughter Sharon Hauer Gill (John), granddaughter Eden Gill and brother-in-law Howard Schoen (Althea). Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 22 at 10 am at Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting Street, Hilton Head Island, SC. Burial will follow at Six Oaks Cemetery in Sea Pines. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to World Affairs Council of Hilton Head, Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head, SIRSF, or Congregation Beth Yam. Information about the charities can be found at . The Island Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Published in The Island Packet from July 21 to Aug. 21, 2015
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