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Lincoln T Hawkes

Lincoln T Hawkes

6/17/1929 - 3/18/2012

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at the day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy: 4:6-8
Our righteous and loving Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His infinite wisdom released from mortal to immortality, Brother Lincoln Travis Hawkes, on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, VA after a declining illness.
Lincoln T. Hawkes was born to the late Dolphus and Emma Jane Hawkes on June 17, 1929, along with seven siblings in which four preceded him in death, Thomas Hawkes, Erma Hobbs, Cornelius Hobbs, and Lora Jane Hobbs.
He attended Nottoway Training School, Nottoway, VA, but later discontinued his education to help his parents by following his dream of working on cars and becoming a self-taught mechanic. His gift of working on cars warmed his heart, which was exemplified throughout the community from Lee Auto Shop, Blackstone, VA. No matter the time of day or hour, if you called on him, he would be right there. He believed God had given him the gift and regardless of monetary rewards or sometimes no pay, the Lord continued to bless him.
On December 8, 1952 he married, Gertie Mae Branch and to this union five children were born. His son, Gerald A. Hawkes, preceded him in death.
He was employed for several years at Barrow Grocery, Blackstone, VA and Roper Lumber Company, Petersburg, VA, but retired from Central State Hospital, Petersburg, VA after 23 years of service as Boiler Plant Supervisor.
He was baptized at the Poplar Lawn Baptist Church, Blackstone, VA at an early age. He worked diligently in the church, where he served as President of the Men’s Club and a member of the usher’s ministry. Lincoln was faithful unto the Lord’s service on Sundays until his health declined.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He left a great legacy and influence on his family and touched each of them in a special way.
Left to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Gertie Branch Hawkes of Blackstone, VA; four devoted daughters, Glennis Marshall (Howard), Zelma Sheppard (Robert) and Brenda Jo Walton (Roderick) all of Petersburg, VA, and Janice Hawkes of Blackstone, VA; eleven grandchildren, Jayfonia Deloatch (James) of Stafford, VA, Travirus (Leo) Thompson of Newport News, VA, Howard J. Marshall, Jr., Gerrod (Rod) Thompson, A’Darryl (AJ) Marshall, Jayne’ Marshall, Eric (Ric) Sheppard, Delbria and Ashleigh Walton, all of Petersburg, VA and Tremayne and Adrian Hawkes of Blackstone, VA; six great grandchildren, Demontae Stewart, Justin Thompson, Alijah and Alexander Deloatch, Samiara Hawkes, and Layla Crawley; one sister, Evelyn Johnson, of Wilsons, VA, two brothers, Adolphus Hawkes (Alice), of Blackstone, VA, and Webster Hawkes of Richmond, VA; sisters-in-law, Pollie Hawkes of Wilmington, DE. and Bernice Foster of Blackstone, VA; one uncle, Alvin Hawkes of Blackstone, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Poplar Lawn Baptist Church, 465 Poplar Lawn Road, Blackstone, VA, Rev. C. L. Hobbs, Pastor, Eulogist. Interment to follow in the Poplar Lawn Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hawkes may be viewed at the J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.
Mr. Hawkes remains will be forwarded to the W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home, 504 East Street, Blackstone, VA 23824, (434) 292-5559, where viewing will continue on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, and the W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home, 504 East Street, Blackstone, VA 23824, (434) 292-5559, 


Wanda Coleman

Friend & Class of 79
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Janice, May the Lord our God give you and your family the comfort no other can give. Girl much love to you. Call me if you need me ,I'm only a phone call away. Hold to God's unchanging hands, He will give you the peace needed to face tomorrow. Luv you guys Wanda (sending my hugs for you and the boys)

Bessie Bowden Wilkins

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

To the family, Little Lincoln as I have him called him that name all life will truly be missed. I enjoyed working with him on the usher board at Poplar Lawn.

Colotha Wilson

Neighbor and Friend
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mrs. Hawkes and Family You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the memories that you hold carry you through what you are experiencing now. I pray that the Lord will grant you the strength, peace and comfort to help you at this difficult time. Mr. Hawkes was a valuable neighbor of this community and his demeanor and friendship will forever be remembered.

Alton Dalton & Family

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lincoln was a good friend whom I had the pleasure to know from childhood. He would always call to me wherever he would see me & I would know who it was without even looking. I smile every time I think about him & his '56 Chevy. Our prayers go out to his entire Family. God Bless

Louise Sparks & Shirley Averett

Family friend
Thursday, March 22, 2012

To the Hawkes family may you find strenght during this difficult time. "We have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding." Colossians1:9

Dorena Morgan Stokes

Friend/ Class of 77
Friday, March 23, 2012

Brenda Jo and Janice, I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know he had been very sick, but regardless how sick they are you are really never ready to let them go. I know your faith in God will give you strength during this difficult time. God bless you and your family.

Amy McGrath & Toni McGrady

Fort Lee
Monday, March 26, 2012

Glennis, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We miss you! Stay in touch! Amy & Toni

Grace " Bambam" Rhodes

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On behalf of the Rhodes Family we send our deepest sympathy to the Hawkes Family. We will truly miss Mr. Lincoln "Bossman" Hawkes. He was such a inspiration to the Neighbor. Rest in Peace Mr. Hawkes.