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Robert Richard Hawkins, 79, Mechanicsville

Robert Richard “Bobby” “Hawk” Hawkins, 79, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Crofton, died Jan. 26, 2013, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.

Born July 12, 1933, in Mount Jackson, Va., he was the son of the late Robert Johnson Hawkins and the late Nora Ellen Clem Hawkins.

Mr. Hawkins was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954 and served as a gunner in a field artillery battalion. After leaving the military, he worked in his brother’s gas station in Georgetown. Later he went to work as a glazier for General Glass in Wheaton. He then started his business, Arrow Glass, in Landover.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved going to Point Lookout State Park where he had property and would spend his weekends taking care of his huge vegetable garden. He loved fishing, camping, bowling, playing horseshoes and building things. He was the duct tape king. He enjoyed dancing, and telling stories and jokes at parties and get-togethers with friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his eight siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gertrude Ethel “Nook” Leizear Hawkins of Mechanicsville; daughters, Sharon Booker and her husband Robert of Charlotte Hall, Barbara Livingston and her husband Chuck of Mechanicsville and Debbie Baker and her husband Mike of Boyce, Va.; grandchildren, Bobby, Shelley, Stacey and Cody Trahan of Charlotte Hall, Samantha Livingston of Mechanicsville and Michelle, Theresa and Nicholas Baker of Boyce; four great-grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.

A life celebration will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, Charlotte Hall. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham.

Memorial contributions may be made to DCVA Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Center/Voluntary Services, ATTN: Charlotte Hall Patient Clinic, 50 Irving St., Washington, DC 20422.