July 14, 1919- Feb 20, 2010
Anderson - Claude Mattison Hawkins, age 90, dedicated father and loving husband of the late Caroline M. Hawkins, of 1302 Bryant Road, died Saturday February 20, 2010, at Richard Michael Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, Anderson, SC.
Born in Anderson, July 14, 1919, Mr. Hawkins was the son of the late Charley Mattison Hawkins and Lola Belle Ashley Hawkins. He served in the United States Army as a Tech Sergeant from 1940-1945, and in the 42nd Rainbow Division while in Europe. He was a lifelong farmer and carpenter for more than fifty years in the Long Branch Community, where he owned and operated a sawmill with the help of his sons, brothers, nephews and friends. He was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher, and choir member.
Survivors include sons: George Allen Hawkins and his wife, Mary Jane S. Hawkins; Phillip “Lane” Hawkins; Frank McDavid Hawkins; and John William Hawkins and his wife, Janis M. Hawkins; all of Anderson. Daughter: Claudianna H. Todd and her husband, Gordon Todd of Omaha, Nebraska; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; Brother: Charles Reuben Hawkins; Sisters: Dorathy Creamer, Margaret Kay and Edith Vann.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by brothers: Lanson “Jake” Hawkins, Clarence Howard “Red” Hawkins; Warren “Shane” Hawkins; Leo “Bill” Hawkins;
James Robert “Rob” Hawkins; Sisters: Lucia Jones, Cleo “Tiny” Wood; and Granddaughter Anna S. Hawkins.
The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 11:00 am at Long Branch Baptist Church officiated by the Reverends Dr. Don F. Wilson and Wayne A. Watson. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
The family will be at the residence. Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to Long Branch Baptist Church, 2101 Hwy. 413 Anderson, SC 29621
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The McDougald Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.