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Claude Hawkins

Don Hawkins

Tuesday, July 16th, 1929 - Monday, June 15th, 2020
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Claude Don Hawkins, 90, of Cantonment, Florida, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020 at his home following an extended illness. Born in San Mateo, FL to Edward Miller Hawkins and Bessie Turner Hawkins, he attended Mellon High School where he played football and baseball. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Air Force and served honorably during the Korean War. Don worked in the bridge construction industry and owned and served as CEO of Hawkins Bridge Co. He had also worked with BCS and Deer River Corporations in Pensacola and Mobile. Don received a patent for developing a forming system that set faster and harder. He likewise had served as a consultant for bridge companies across the southeast. In his leisure time, Don had enjoyed hunting and fishing, riding horses and rodeoing, reading Louis L’Amour western novels and was an avid Gators football and baseball fan. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sons, Jon Ethan Hawkins and Claude Don Hawkins, Jr., 3 brothers, Gene, Ray and Edward Hawkins and a sister, Bonnie Danson.
Don is survived by his wife, Beverly Hawkins of Cantonment, his children, Debbie Leonardy of St. Augustine, Elisa Hawkins of Mobile, AL, Dustin Williams (Irma) of Sanford, NC, Jake Hawkins and Matt Hawkins (Kaylynn), all of Pensacola, a brother, Roy Hawkins (Diane) of San Mateo and a sister, Joy Murphy of Avon Park, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 19, 2020 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Bishop Jay Tilton conducting. Burial will follow at San Mateo Cemetery with the U.S. Air Force conducting military honors. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-7 P.M. at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be sent to Covenant Care Hospice, attention, Lisa Clopton, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Don’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    Address
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Service

    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, June 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    Address
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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    Officiant
    Bishop John Jackson Tilton, III
  • Interment

    Location
    San Mateo Cemetery
    Address
    141 San Mateo Rd.
    SAN MATEO, FL 32187
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I was one of his employees when he and his brother built part of the Pensacola and Foley bridge.I will be praying for the family
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