Ms. Diana R. Hawkins, Najla Rasool, 58, of 331 Walnut St., Petersburg, departed this life on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg. Diana was born in Petersburg, on Jan. 16, 1955, to the late Otis Hawkins and Rosa Seward-Hawkins. She was also preceded in death by: her grandmother, Willie Anna Jarratt-Tucker; and a brother, Otis Landa Hawkins.
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Diana was a member of Solomon Temple RZUA Church. She was employed at Fort Lee Food Service as a cook as well as Johnson's Cleaners and Fashion Care Cleaners for a number of years.
She leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Mario Hawkins Sr. (Sharvi) of South Chesterfield; grandchildren, Mario Hawkins, Jr. of Baltimore, O'Lando Hawkins of Colonial Heights, Da'Shawn Mason of San Diego, Amarah Hawkins of Prince George, Matthew Hawkins, Kion Carrington, and Sh'Mar Hawkins, all of South Chesterfield, and Georgette Carrington of Petersburg; stepmother, Nettie Hawkins of Baltimore; sisters, Annetta Mason (Maurice) of Petersburg, Yvonne Peace, LueAnna Hawkins, Yolanda Jackie Hawkins, all of Baltimore; one stepbrother and three stepsisters of Baltimore; devoted niece, Phyllis Hawkins-Jones; and a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; great-nieces and nephews. Diana had many devoted friends including, longtime companion, Gregory D. Brown and devoted friends are Cheryl Jarratt, Niecey Edmonds, Brenda Bright, and Patricia Dennis.
Affectionately known simply as "Diane" by friends and family, she was loved by everyone. Diane had a way of making you laugh while shaking your head. She held a special place in her heart for family and friends and was not ashamed to show it. She will be greatly missed by us all.
Services for Ms. Diane R. Hawkins, Najla S. Rasool, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Pastor Maurice Mason officiating, and Minister Will Phelps, eulogist.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Ms. Hawkins and watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index on Oct. 31, 2013