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Date published: 5/22/2013

Jack Hawkins

Retired Marine Col. Jack Hawkins, 96, of Spotsylvania County passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at Carriage Hill nursing home.

Jack was born to Phil and Nellie Hawkins in 1916 in the small town of Roxton, Texas. After graduating from high school in Fort Worth, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, and began a long and decorated career in both the USMC and the U.S. Navy. He served honorably in both World War II and Korea in defense of his nation. Col. Hawkins' personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Navy Commendation Ribbon. His military career continued for 26 years until his retirement as a colonel in 1965.

Col. Hawkins was a sports lover and enjoyed playing tennis and golf, but also loved other outdoor activities including hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his son, John Hawkins and his wife, Delia, of Utah; his stepson, Bruce Heflin II and his wife, Sue, of North Carolina; his stepdaughter, Susan Clark of Virginia; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Col. Hawkins was preceded in death by wives Rhea Ritter Hawkins and Phyllis Livingstone Hawkins; a daughter, Deborah Hawkins; and a grandchild, Joseph Gardner Hawkins.

Inurnment with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, in Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Colonel Hawkins' family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Red Cross.

Online condolences may be expressed to Colonel Hawkins' family at foundandsons.com.