ALBANY -- Dr. Charles Edward Hawkins, 88, of Albany died on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Morningside of Albany.
A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Albany at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29. There will be a visitation at the church beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Hawkins was born on October 18, 1923 in Atlanta, GA. He spent his early years in Tennessee and Kentucky. He enlisted in the Naval Officers Training Program in 1943, and served during World War II as Navigator aboard the USS Wasatch, the flagship of the Seventh Fleet. After the war, he returned to Vanderbilt University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English Literature in 1948. One year later, he received his Masters degree, also from Vanderbilt.
In 1949, he married Helen McKinney Clark. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in December, 2011.
He began his teaching career at the University of Cincinnati in 1949. In 1952, he moved to Chattanooga, TN to take a position at The Baylor School. He remained there 18 years, becoming Headmaster in 1964. During his tenure at Baylor, Dr Hawkins completed his Doctoral Degree in Education at the University of Tennessee. After serving in administrative positions at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and Darlington School in Rome, Ga, Dr Hawkins moved to Albany in 1981, to become the Middle and Upper School Director at Deerfield-Windsor. At the age of 65, he retired from his administrative duties but continued to teach English and Bible at Deerfield until age 81.
During his career, Dr Hawkins served as President of the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools. He was a member of the Headmasters' Association and a founding member of the Southern Headmasters' Association. Dr. Hawkins spent his life teaching and working with young people, whom he loved. He taught for 54 years. Over the course of his career, Dr Hawkins was honored many times by his students and peers. On two occasions, he was selected as a "Distinguished Teacher" by the President's Council on Education. This honor is reserved for only 100 high-school teachers annually, two from each of the 50 states. He was selected as "Star Teacher" seven times.
Dr Hawkins will be remembered as a warm, gentle man who loved beauty wherever he found it: in music, in literature and in art. One of his favorite hobbies was creating pastel portraits. He loved to read and analyze great works of literature.
In Albany, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church Council and the board of the Albany Symphony Association. For over twenty-five years, he taught high-school and college Sunday school classes.
His greatest loves in life were his wife and family. He is pre-deceased by his wife, Helen C. Hawkins. He is survived by daughters Anne S. Hawkins of Athens and Jane H. Inscoe of Athens, a son, Dr Charles E Hawkins of Albany; son-in-law Dr John C Inscoe of Athens; daughter-in-law, Dr Peggy M Hawkins of Albany; grandchildren, Margaret C Inscoe of Athens, E. Clay Inscoe of Athens, Margaret "Lucie" Hawkins of New York, NY, Laura M. Hawkins of Albany; Caroline H Hawkins of Albany; and a sister, Mildred Jones of Decatur, GA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Albany Community Hospice, First United Methodist Church, Deerfield-Windsor School or a charity of your choice.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors