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On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Mrs. Brenda Charles Hawkins, 56, left her family on Earth to be with the Lord. Brenda was born on April 9, 1958, in Fort Knox, Ky., to Ola Mae Charles and to the late Master Sgt. Roosevelt Charles.

Brenda was a 1976 graduate of Petersburg High School and a 1980 graduate of Norfolk State. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She received a master's degree in business administration from Averett University.

She was employed for 20 years at Honeywell and eight years at Reynolds Aluminum.

Brenda brought joy and happiness as she touched many lives with her smile, love, kindness and thoughtfulness.

She is survived by her husband, William Hawkins; three stepdaughters, Sonja Hawkins of Chesterfield, Tonya Pearson (Rossi) of Waynesboro and Zorana Smith; a stepson, Shadric Crittendon of McKenney; 13 stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; mother, Ola Charles; two sisters, Octavia Charles of Petersburg and Edna Robinson of Guyton, Ga.; three brothers, Roosevelt (Joy) of Chesterfield, Leon of Petersburg and Robert Charles of Fayetteville, N.C. Brenda also leaves many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and several devoted and cherished friends, to include Germaine Oliver, Angeles Fowlkes and Ann Ford.

Services for Mrs. Brenda Charles Hawkins will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Herbert Holly II, eulogist. Interment to follow at Dinwiddie Memorial Park.

View for Mrs. Hawkins will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the funeral establishment.

The family maybe contacted by calling 804-586-2146 or 804-237-9660.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Hawkins and watch the funeral services live online at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,
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Published in The Progress-Index from June 21 to June 24, 2014
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