Paul L. Hawkins

Paul Lafayette Hawkins, 89, of Prosperity, widower of Dorothy Anne Hawkins, died Friday, July 16, 2021, at Agape Hospice House in Lexington.


Born on June 15, 1932, he was the beloved son of Henry Bates and Bertie Ruth Hawkins. He graduated from Prosperity High School in 1951 and attended Midlands Tech. He served in the SC National Guard for nine years. He retired from American Fiber and Finishing after 45 loyal years. He was a loving husband, father and Papa to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Dorothy Anne. He fell in love with her when she was sixteen and knew he would marry her one day. They were married when she was 18 and he was 20. They were married for 65 years before her passing in 2018. The love they had for one another was an inspiration to their family. A lifelong resident of the Stoney Hill Community, Paul was blessed with good friends, neighbors and dear cousins whom he cherished. He was an only child but loved by so many who deeply cared for him. He loved getting together with his sister in laws and cousins to share a meal. He enjoyed going to the Saluda Livestock Market with friends and family. His youngest granddaughter, Caitlin, went with him many times when she was a child. The tradition continued with his oldest great grandson, Paul. If it was a Monday, he would be in Saluda at the cow sale with friends or family. He enjoyed tending to his cattle, land and took great pride in his pastures.


His children are Pamela (Harvey) Brown of Lexington and Kent Hawkins of Prosperity. Grandchildren are Erica (Tony) Waites of Lexington, Mindy (Rick) Hope of Irmo, Jessika (Jake) Peters of Elgin and Caitlin (Ryan) Norris of Charleston. Great grandchildren are Paul Waites, Emery Waites, Isaac Hope, Kaylee Hope, Tyler Peters and Brice Peters.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon, August 8, 2021 in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church by the Reverend Jason Schafer. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 4056 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.


The family would like to thank Lovelace Family Medicine and his many doctors and nurses at Lexington Medical Center, Newberry EMS, Prosperity Drug Store and Agape Hospice House in Lexington. Especially two wonderful Hospice nurses, Annie Jones and Deborah Griffin, who lovingly cared for him the last month of his life. He was a kindhearted, selfless man to his family and friends and will be sorely missed by all who loved him.





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#26 John & Becky Pugh 2021-07-24 10:05
Becky & I extend our Christian Love & Support to each of you. Paul & I are distant cousins and although I have known him & Anne all my life, we became very good friends after we opened the drug store. For the last few years we talked several times a week. At some point in the conversations, the subject of automobiles would come up as we both enjoyed cars and trucks.
Sincere Sympathy,
John & Becky
#25 Bill Anderson 2021-07-21 10:47
I always admired mr.pauls dedicated service to mrs. Ann.iss ann.I helped him load up his feed and stuff at tractor supply and enjoyed my conversations with him about cows .he will be missed by. Many Bill Anderson
#24 Roy Amick 2021-07-20 15:19
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father, Pam and Kent. I fondly remember the times I spent with both of you at your Dad and Mom’s house. Even though we are cousins, you always felt more like a sister and brother to me. Your father’s dedication to his family and community can only be described in superlative degrees of comparison, he was truly an outstanding man and his memory will always be for a blessing and inspiration.
#23 Debbie Dominick 2021-07-20 13:23
Both your Mom and Dad were such special people in my life especially in my younger years. I would run into your Dad for time to time and always enjoyed chatting with him. Memories become treasures!
#22 Susan and eddie koon 2021-07-20 12:07
Prayers to all the family! Mindy and family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#21 Roger Longshore 2021-07-20 07:28
A great brother-in-law who was dedicated to his family and his farm. He said will surely be missed.
#20 Donna Cotney Berley 2021-07-19 17:59
Kent - I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Paul. He was always so loving and kind to me and I shall always remember him with fond thoughts! I hope God surrounds you with love and comfort during this difficult time of grief.
#19 Jean Bedenbaugh 2021-07-19 16:57
Kent and Pam. I am sorry to hear about your dad. Every time I saw him he said “how you doing neighbor”. A special angel watching over you along with your mom.
#18 Bobby J. Taylor 2021-07-19 14:55
Pam and Kent, so sorry for your loss, no words can ease the pain of losing a parent. Just remember all of the good times and remember the love he had for you both...
#17 June King 2021-07-19 14:20
Pam and Kent, your Dad will be missed by so many. Not only a relative,but as a friend. I will miss seeing him at Lottie s and talking to him there. God bless you and your families through this trying time. Love to you both. June Stepp
#16 Drucie Connelly Eaddy 2021-07-19 11:30
I remember Paul fondly. He and I both graduated from Prosperity High in 1951. My parents, Evelyn and Dove Connelly were good friends ,with his parents, and this let me keep up with Paul and Anne after high school. I send sympathy to the family as you mourn his loss.
#15 Kathy Krell Guyon 2021-07-19 10:46
My sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Prayers for all. Kathy
#14 KAREN LINDLER SMITH 2021-07-19 10:30
May God be with You and Your Family during this difficult time. Love, Joey and Karen Lindler Smith
#13 glenda kinard 2021-07-19 09:41
So very very sorry to hear about Mr. Paul. He was just at our shop several weeks ago. I knew he was weak but didn't realize how seriously ill he was. I enjoyed his visits or phone calls to our shop when he needed something done to or for his tractor. He was such a kind sweet man. Our prayers are with his family and friends, that the Lord may give you peace and comfort. I will always remember his kindness to me. - Glenda Kinard & Ray Counts ( Ray's Farm Equipment)
#12 Sheriff Lee Fostet 2021-07-18 20:14
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of this fine man. He was always kind to my family and me. May the memories of a life well lived offer you comfort in his absence on Earth. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#11 Wayne Boozer 2021-07-18 20:09
Accept our heartfelt sympathy. Jean & Wayne Boozer
#10 Jennifer Stepp-Twitty 2021-07-18 16:12
Pam and Kent,

I am so sorry for your loss! You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
#9 Randall and Jill Richardson 2021-07-18 15:01
Randall and I are so sorry for your loss. We thought the world of Paul. He was such a good man. He will surely be missed.
#8 Kathy Hill 2021-07-18 12:32
We are so sorry to hear about Paul. He was such a nice man. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Wyse and Kathy Hill
#7 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2021-07-18 08:20
Pam, Kent & Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing others care.
Dan & Robbie
#6 Rosann lester 2021-07-17 16:37
So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing! Another longtime faithful member of our congregation. We will miss him!
#5 Robert & Glenda Bedenbaugh 2021-07-17 16:08
Our sympathy is extended to Pam and Kent over the loss of your father, as well as the entire Hawkins families. Paul was surely the example of a true neighbor. He was so kind to Glenda and I all the years we lived close by. He helped me on many occasions. There will be a void in the neighborhood that can't be replaced.
#4 Doug Hipp 2021-07-17 14:58
Kent and family,
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Mr. Paul liked doing things his way and to the very end he did.
Doug and Pam Hipp
#3 Sylvia Moore 2021-07-17 14:14
My deepest sympathy in your love of Mr Paul. He was a nice and well thought of man.
#2 Lydia Merchant 2021-07-17 12:44
PPam, Kent, & families, I am so sorry for your loss. I know Daddy will be welcoming him with open arms. They will be able to talk again every night. He was a "special" man. With Deepest Sympathy, Lydia & David Merchant, Phillip & Kendall Trotter, Ingrid, Justin, & Andrew Frank Cassada, & Faye Long
#1 Billy & Edith Morris 2021-07-17 09:47
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Paul. He was the nicest gentleman.

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