Harry L. “Sonny” Hawkins

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Harry L. Hawkins, affectionately known as “Sonny,” departed this life and entered into heaven’s gates on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the age of 76 years old. Harry Lee Hawkins was born on January 24, 1946, in Columbus, Ohio, to Samuel L. and Catherine Hawkins. He was raised in Columbus along with his siblings and received his early education through the Columbus Public School System. After high school, he became employed at the Timken Roller Bearing Company, where he worked until his retirement after 36 years and 2 months of service.

On June 30, 1987, Harry married his sweetheart, Brenda M. Henry. Not only did she accept his hand in marriage, but she also loved and embraced his five children as her own. Harry loved his family and thoroughly enjoyed being around them. He was the president of the Lipsey-Hawkins Family Reunion. For many years he would attend Powerhouse of Hope were his nephew, Rev. Melvin Hawkins, was pastor.

Anyone who knew Harry also knew he loved to entertain! And those in attendance were sure to eat well and have a good time! Harry also enjoyed bowling, playing pool, a good game of cards and was always up to the challenge for a game of chess. Harry enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of The Flames Motorcycle Club. He also loved to travel and enjoyed riding in his beloved Corvette. Harry was greatly loved & admired. He will truly be missed.

Harry L. Hawkins is preceded in death by his parents; son, David Alexander; brother, John Milton Hawkins; sister Dorothy Williams; brothers-in-law Anthony Lawrence and Joe Henry. He leaves to cherish his memory, loving and devoted wife of 35 years, Brenda; children, Kimberley (Al) Sallee, Harry (Deborah) Hawkins, Juan Haygood, Tina Shuler; sisters, Sandra Hawkins, Inez Lawrence & Mary Vallejo; brother, Robert Hawkins; grandchildren, Harelle Stith, AJ Sallee, III, Annastasia (EJ) Hutchins, Ausha Sallee, Jazzjuan Moore, Juanare Haygood, Tiandra (Quentin) Jefferson, Tiffany (Derrick) Smith, & Taleah Shuler; several great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, November 12, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The HAWKINS Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

Condolence Messages

  1. He was also so sweet. I knew Sonny while being married to Robert Hawkins. We had so much fun at all the family gatherings and he was also sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. He will be missed.

  2. Calvin (Valerie) Thomas Jr. and family

    Sending our love and deepest sympathy to the entire family and friends. May God bless you during the coming days and years.

  3. Calvin (Valerie) Thomas Jr. and family

    Sending our love and deepest sympathy to the entire family and friends. God bless you.

  4. My sweet cousin, Sonny!! I so much love his presence every chance I got, and usually that was at our family reunion time or if we were in Columbus!! His laugh was so full of love and fun, and you just knew he loved his family. I truly enjoyed playing Bid Whist with him, for some reason he would always address me as the cheater, which tickle me from inside/out, (only because being from Peoria, Illinois we varied in the rules how we played.) Sonny, had a heart of gold, you just say I want this or I like to have this to eat, he wouldn’t be satisfied until your request was met. I know the family reunions will never be the same. He will forever live in our hearts, we will meet again cousin on the other side. Love You Forever!!

  5. Myrtice ( Penny) Shepherd

    My prayers to the family and friends. In the loss of our dear friend. He was a awesome man and friend to everyone he met. He truly will be missed.

  6. I just loved our Little/ Hawkins family reunion time every year. Knowing that I would get to mingle with the Hawkins Family. When we’re in Columbus we always go by Harry’s and he tried to feed us like we weren’t going to eat ever in our lives again. we dare not to tell him we wanted anything he would do all he could to oblige our needs if he could. But my cousin Harry, AKA “Sonny” was always my treat every year or whenever I seen him, his laugh had so much love in it you knew he was happy to see you. For some reason he always addressed me as the “Cheater” that would make my day, had me chuckling. We loved to play the card game Bid Whist and he thought he wrote the rules. So me living in Peoria, Illinois our game rules differed slightly, I played and did a few things differently and that’s how I got that name that he gave me. OMG, I’m in tears my sweet cousin I’m surely going to miss you!! Their is no one who can take your place . I’ll see on the other side. Rest Easy. Love you Infinity!!

  7. What a sweet spirit he had. Was always happy and had a smile for me and all who knew him at DFAS. My sincere condolences to you Ms Brenda and to the entire family

  8. Harry was one of the first people I met when I started at Timken. I was on a project in heat treat and Harry was helping me out. I got the chance to play bid whist with him after we were talking one day and he discovered I knew how to play. You’ve lost a great guy.

  9. I worked with Harry at Timken and I can say one of the best. He helped make several changes that benefited him and his fellow workers. I never saw him without a smile on his face and a kind word. You’ve lost a gem. My condolences and prayers to the family.

  10. Carmen Madison-Draper & Family

    May the Lord watch between you and me. While we are absent 1 from another. Sonny was a good man. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Brenda and the whole entire Hawkins family! Michelle & Tina & Juan. We all had great memories together with your Uncle/Dad. It’s GOD’s plan. Keep those close to you. He’s in a better place now. Soar on “Harry” spread your wings. May he Rest In Heaven!

  11. Angel and Freddie Jackson

    Sonny you will be missed you always kept us laughing

  12. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to the Family, may God bless and keep you during this difficult time.

  13. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs of love to the Family and Friends of Mr Harris…
    My Deepest Condolences / Sorry for your loss.

  14. Lola Johnson-roland

    PRAYERS for family ❤️ you all known sonny many years may he R.I.H

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