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

Born July 12, 1933, in Mt. Jackson, Va., he was the son of the late Roy Johnson Hawkins and the late Nora Ellen (Clem) Hawkins.

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

He was a member of the VFW.

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 was the life of a party or even just a gathering, whether he was dancing, telling stories or jokes. He loved to have fun with everyone. He would make you smile.

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

He is also survived by his wife of 54 years, Gertrude Ethel “Nook” (Leizear) Hawkins of Mechanicsville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Booker (Robert) of Charlotte Hall, Barbara Livingston (Chuck) of Mechanicsville and Debbie Baker (Mike) of Boyce, Va.; eight 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.

The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., with a funeral service beginning at 7 p.m., at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall. Interment will take place Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in 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.