Whether you called him, “Mr. Ivie”, “Harry”, “Ivie”, “Grandpa” or “Pappa Stoppa”, William Ivie Hawkins was born on May 24, 1938, to the late William Early Hawkins and Marion Taylor in James City County, VA. Ivie entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 27, 2021, surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. His passing has united him with his parents, William Early Hawkins and Marion Taylor; siblings, Mazuria Johnson, Lorenzo Hawkins, and Alfornzo Hawkins; sister-in-law, Mary A Walker; brothers-in-law, Robert “Popcorn” Walker, Wesley Walker, and Daniel Walker, Jr.
Ivie received his early childhood education in the Williamsburg-James City County Public School System. At an early age, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He was a lifelong member of Chickahominy Baptist Church where he sang in the Senior and Community Choirs until his health began to fail. On February 20, 1960, he married the love of his life, the former Elizabeth Walker. This union was blessed with six children. Ivie raised his family in the church. He retired from Eastern State Hospital, as a chef, after forty years of dedicated service.
In the eyes of Ivie, the best football team around was the Baltimore Ravens. He enjoyed watching football, westerns, and riding his lawnmower with his “walker on the back”. He loved singing and “Silent Night” was his favorite song. His family loved when he sang it for them. Now understand, this seemingly quiet man drove his car up and down the long driveway on his property without a driver's license. Ivie loved his family and friends and he loved to “talk trash” with his buddies. Archie Lee, Nathaniel Baker, Calvin Marsh, Craig Jones, Ernest Bassett, and the late Robert “Popcorn” Walker. He was a true “family man” with a heart for God.
Ivie’s memories will live on in the hearts of his loving wife of sixty-one years, Elizabeth “Sue” Hawkins; son, William Ivie Hawkins, Jr. (Colethea); daughters, Selinda Hawkins, Chiffione Hawkins, Dionne Hawkins Friday, Jamie Gray (Rodney), and Wendy Hawkins; twelve grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren; brother, Levi Hawkins; sisters, Olivia Noel and Evangeline Jones; sisters-in-law, Marie Meekins, Rudell Walker, and Shirley Walker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Bethel Restoration Center. CDC precautions with facial coverings and social distancing are required. Facebook livestream will be available at the start of the service. Interment to follow in Williamsburg Memorial Park. A walk-thru viewing will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011. whitingsfuneralhome.com
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