HawkinsNov 24, 1924 - May 25, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Francis, 88, passed into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Born on November 24, 1924, in Shreveport, LA to Silas R. & Lula Mae Ross Hawkins, he grew up in Atlanta, TX. Bud married Cloye Frances Marlar in November 1962. He loved to read, but his favorite book was the Bible. He lived by the Word of God. He would say that "We know God when we STUDY His Word. You can't just read it like a book. You have to STUDY and THINK." He was a lifetime member of Penn Avenue Baptist Church and has been at the Harrah Baptist Church for the past ten years. Bud also served his Country proudly, joining the Army Air Force in 1942 before completing high school. He continued independent study classes until 1960, when he received his High School Diploma from the American School in Chicago, IL. While serving in the Army Air Force, 1942-1947, he received the Victory Medal in WW II, eight Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal. He furthered his education in Cooks & Bakers School and Aircraft Mechanics School. He is survived by one sister Azalee Givens; a host of nieces and nephews; stepdaughter, Darla Cain; son-in-law, Sammy Cain; three granddaughters, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Bud Hawkins was a quiet, gentle beautiful person. He was full of convictions spiritually and politically. He not only STUDIED God's word; Bud Hawkins lived God's Word and is now celebrating in heaven next to his wife, his family and every Soul saved because of his life. Services to celebrate his promotion will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in the South Colonial Chapel of Vondel L. Smith & Sons Mortuary, 6934 S. Western, with interment to follow at Sunny Lane Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to Church of the Harvest, 6800 N Bryant Ave, OKC, 73156, for Tornado Relief. Visit vondelsmithmortuary.com to share a memory with the family. vondelsmithmortuary.com
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Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary South Colonial Chapel
6934 South Western Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Published in The Oklahoman on May 27, 2013