Pastors' Memoirs

Thomas Jackson Hawkins, 1903-1998

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  Thomas Jackson Hawkins was born April 9, 190, at Dinwiddie, Virginia, son of Eugene and Emma Jackson Hawkins. He married Edith Virginia Euker on August 15, 1928, who predeceased him. They had two sons, the Rev. Robert Euker Hawkins and Frederick Hawkins.

  Dr. Hawkins received his A.B. degree at Randolph-Macon College and his B.D. degree from Yale Divinity School. He was ordained deacon in 1928 at Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School; probationary member of the Virginia Conference in 1930; an elder and member in full connection in 1932; and a Doctor of Divinity from Randolph-Macon College in 1946. Dr. Hawkins served the following appointments starting in 1926: Chesterfield Circuit, Benns Church; Associate, First Church of Charlottesville; Highland, Williamsburg; First Church, Norfolk; Braddock Street, Winchester; Mt. Vernon, Danville; Green Memorial, Roanoke; superintendent, Rappahannock District; Trinity, Richmond; Duncan Memorial, Ashland; with retirement coming in 1968, after he served as superintendent of the Lynchburg District.

  According to the 1931 conference Journal, Dr. Hawkins was appointed as junior preacher at First Church, Charlottesville. During this appointment he initiated and carried on a tremendous work with and among the students at University of Virginia. This was the beginning of a definite work with students that evolved into the Wesley Foundation.

  After retirement, Dr. and Mrs. Hawkins moved to their home in Kilmarnock in the Rappahannock District where I, the writer of these memoirs, was appointed superintendent. No young, inexperienced superintendent and his wife could have had a more supportive former superintendent and wife than Dr. and Mrs. Hawkins. During five of my six years in the Rappahannock District, Dr. Hawkins willingly served appointments needing a pastor.

  Dr. Hawkins died September 19, 1998, at The Hermitage in Richmond. His memorial service was held at Reveille Church conducted by Dr. Steven R. Jones and Bishop R. Kern Eutsler.

— Joseph T. Carson, Jr.



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