July 29, 1927- May 15, 2013
LUBBOCK– On May 15, 2013, Harold Hawkins passed on to walk with the angels. Harold was born on July 29, 1927 in Bovina, Texas, to Roy and Ruth Hawkins, and married Betty Holley on July 5, 1949, in Mineral Wells.
He attended Texas Tech and served our country in WWII as a Navy Corpsman. Harold served as a past president of Sturdivant Water Board. He was past president of West Texas Wheat Growers Association, a member of the Roping Club, and had the first underground irrigation system in Parmer County. He farmed two sections of land and raised cattle and race horses.
He was a deacon in the Mineral Wells Vineyard Church. He also owned 186 apartment units in Lubbock.
When his health declined, Harold began selling antiques and drove the school bus for MWISD for 15 years where Betty taught for 35 years.
The couple moved to Lubbock in 2011 to be close to the family, and then that year he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Those left to cherish Harold’s memory are his wife of 63 years, Betty Holley Hawkins of Lubbock; daughters, Vickie Worley and Joe of Kyle, and Pastors Deborah Elvers and Mark of Lubbock; brothers, Pastor Gene Hawkins and Louise of Lubbock, and Erith Hawkins of Bovina; sister, Roylene Keel and Herman of Amarillo; six grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles Hawkins, and two grandsons, Shane and Shannon Laye.
A Memorial Service was held in Lubbock at Kingdom Life Fellowship with Pastor Mark Elvers and Pastor Gene Hawkins officiating and granddaughter Alysa Ellison reading the obituary. Harold’s favorite songs were sang as Betty Hawkins led the congregation in singing. Deborah sang “Holy Ground” and Betty sang “Ain’t No Grave Gonna’ Hold My Body Down.”
In lieu of flowers, family suggest memorials be made to The Parkinson’s Diseases Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite #1509, New York, New York 10018.