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

He was born July 12, 1933, in Mt. Jackson, Va., to the late Robert Johnson Hawkins and Nora Ellen (Clem) Hawkins.

He was drafted into the military with 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 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 horse shoes 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 or telling stories or jokes. He loved to just have fun with everyone. He would make people smile, and to know him was to love him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 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, Va.; four great-grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.

Family received friends for a celebration of his life followed by a funeral service Feb. 4 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall.

Interment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

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