Edmon ‘Buddy’ Hawkins Sr., 91, farmer who operated Hawkins Produce vegetable stand

Edmon 'Buddy' Hawkins Sr.
Edmon ‘Buddy’ Hawkins Sr.

Early Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, 2019, Edmon “Buddy” Hawkins Sr., 91, entered eternal rest. He was born in Princess Anne County to the late Meekin and Cora Cotton Hawkins.

Edmon retired from the International Longshoremen Association, Local 1248 in 1988 as a hatchboss. He was a farmer who greatly enjoyed growing vegetables, especially collards. He operated a vegetable stand, “Hawkins Produce” for more than 50 years in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach. Everyone knew him, and customers even came from North Carolina, New York and afar to purchase his produce. Edmon was a “people person.” He loved to talk to everyone.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Thelma Painter Hawkins; sisters, Fannie Miles, Elsie Jones, Alice Brew, Frances Foreman, Ida Hawkins, Thelma Riddick and Verlin Adams; and brothers, Oliver Hawkins, Harvey Hawkins, John Hawkins, Meekin Hawkins Jr. (Nib), Walter Hawkins, Robert Hawkins and Charles Hawkins Sr. He leaves to cherish his memories, four daughters, Frances Hawkins, Edna Hendrix, Rosemary Hutchinson and Ivy Brown (Roswald); sons, Edmon Hawkins Jr., Carter Hawkins (Antoinette), Ronnie Hawkins (Joyce), Eric Hawkins (Sylvia), Ronald Hawkins (Rontasha), Carl Hendrix Jr., James Washington (Shanel) and Marlow Hawkins (De Shonette); 10 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 965 Baker Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park, 631 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach.

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