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Howard Simpson "Buddy" Hawkins
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Obituary for Howard Simpson "Buddy" Hawkins

Howard Simpson “Buddy” Hawkins 85, of 230 Deer Run Lane, widower of Joyce Warrenette Strom Hawkins, passed away Monday December 11, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Rock Hill, SC he was the son of the late Arles and Ann Snyder Hawkins. He was a 1950 graduate of Rock Hill High School and Clemson College in 1954. He was a First Lieutenant in the Infantry in the Korean War 1955 to 1957.

Buddy retired from Greenwood Mills as Plant Manager after working there for 38 years.
He was a long time dedicated member of First Baptist Church, member of Timms Sunday School class and a tenor in the Chancel Choir, which he loved dearly. He participated in the Greenwood Festival Chorale for many years and was a member of the Greenwood Lions Club and Greenwood Country Club where he played golf as often with his many wonderful friends. Buddy was a lifelong Clemson football fan, the best armchair coach and analyst around.

The family is very appreciative of all family and friends for transporting Buddy to his radiation treatments, visits, calls, meals, etc and their kind, loving support.

He is survived by his brother, Dr. Frank Hawkins(Pat) of Wilmington, NC; daughters, Joy Rivers (Gregg) of Greenwood, Jan Jeffery (Tom) of Asheville, NC; Grandsons Evan Richmond(Samantha) of Arden, NC, Drew Richmond(Magda) of Asheville, NC and Strom Hawkins of Greenwood.

The family will receive friends and family at Blyth Funeral Home at 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Thursday December 14th then a graveside service at 3pm at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church 722 Grace Street, Greenwood 29649; Hospice of the Piedmont 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646; or The Cancer Center ℅ Self Regional Healthcare Foundation 1325 Springs Street, Greenwood, SC 29646.

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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services

1425 Montague Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649





3:00 PM
Greenwood Memorial Gardens

3302 Highway 25 North
Hodges, SC 29653

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Greenwood Memorial Gardens

3302 Highway 25 North
Hodges, SC 29653


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