Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Hawkins


The  Shelbyville  News
March 1, 2000
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Martha A. (Junken) Hawkins, 76, Greenfield, died Feb. 28 at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield.
Born Aug. 1, 1923, in Indianapolis, d/o  Chester F. and Clara M. (Swickard) Junken
Married  Carl E. Hawkins  and he survives.
Homemaker and taught fifth grade at Triton Elementary School for 12 years, retiring in 1973.
Graduated from Southport High School in 1941 and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana Central University in 1951.
Past member of Southport Presbyterian Church.
Other survivors include two sons,  Benjamin C. Hawkins, Greenfield, and  Matthew S. Hawkins, Indianapolis; three daughters,  Lark L. Roberts  and  Erin C. Kiewitt, both of Indianapolis, and  Crystal J. Hawkins-Gray, Greenfield; two brothers,  Chester Junken, Greenwood, and  Joseph Junken, Marion; one sister,  Clara Mae Junken, Westfield; and nine grandchildren.
Erlewein Mortuary, 1484 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield, with the Rev. Russell Jarvis officiating.
Burial will be in Fountaintown Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday July 2, 1930
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LIFE  OF  SERVICE         
        ENDED  IN  DEATH
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Rev. Samuel Hawkins, Age 82,
Succumbs Today
At Home of His Daughter
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SERVED  WESLEYAN  CHURCH
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          Rev. Samuel D. Hawkins, 82 years old, for 50 years a minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and a resident of Shelby county all his life, died at the home of his daughter,  Mrs. Mary Spurlin,  610 South Tompkins street, this morning at 6:30 o’clock.  His illness became serious about a week ago.  Rev. Hawkins was said to have preached at more funerals and conducted more marriage ceremonies than any other man of his age in Indiana.  During his career as a minister he served numerous churches in the state, his last charge being at Hope.  Here he had to give up his work on account of failing health.  He had lived in Lewis Creek and vicinity, in Washington township practically all his life.  Since the death of his wife, twelve years ago, he had lived there alone.  Two weeks age he came to live with his daughter on South Tompkins street.  “Uncle Sam” Hawkins had always lived an exemplary life, and was ever willing to assist those in trouble or need.
          Rev. Hawkins was born in Washington township, September 17, 1847, the son of  Thomas and Rebecca Higgins Hawkins.  He was united in marriage with  Miss Elizabeth Cochran  in 1846.  Of their five children, four survive . One daughter,  Mrs. Wellington Spurlin,  died two years ago.  The children now living are:  Samuel Hawkins of Jackson township;  Mrs. Mary Spurlin, at whose home Rev. Hawkins died;  Edmund Hawkins of Washington township; and  Jesse A. Hawkins of Columbus, Ohio. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hawkins was the last of a family of eight children.  The funeral service will be held at the Lewis Creek Wesleyan Methodist church Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock, Rev. E. J. Pitts, officiating . Burial will be made in the Flat Rock cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday March 23, 1918
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ELDERLY  WOMAN
CALLED  TO  REWARD
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Mrs. Elizabeth Hawkins
Passed Away Monday Evening
at Lewis Creek Home
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(From Tuesday’s Daily)
          Mrs. Elizabeth Hawkins, wife of  Rev. Samuel D. Hawkins, and one of the most beloved women in Shelby county, passed away at their home in Lewis Creek, Monday evening at 7:15 o’clock, her death being caused from a complication of diseases from which she had been suffering for the past two weeks, although she was not confined to her bed until a week ago. She was aged seventy years, four months and eight days.
          Mrs. Hawkins belongs to the pioneer class of this county, having been born January 12, 1848. She spent her entire life in the vicinity of Lewis Creek, and after her marriage to Rev. Hawkins, December 12, 1865, she became a resident of that town, where she lived until her death. Rev. and Mrs. Hawkins became the parents of five children, all of whom survive and with her only brother were at the bedside when death came to the esteemed woman.
          Besides the husband, who survives, the children are  Mrs. Dora Spurlin, of Chicago;  Mrs. Mary Spurlin, of this city;  Jesse A. Hawkins of Fargo, North Dakota;  Edmond Hawkins of Washington township, and  Samuel A. Hawkins, of Jackson township. Her brother  George A. Cochran of South Haven, Kansas.
          In any activity of the life of her community, Mrs. Hawkins was most dependable and was an earnest worker for all the good that could be done in this vicinity. She was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and took a most active interest in its work. Her death removes a woman whose life has been well spent and whose memory will live to do good among her friends and relatives who are now bowed in grief.
          The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Lewis Creek. Rev. Charles Payne officiating. Burial will be made in Flat Rock cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Hope  Star
May 24, 1912
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          Mrs. Ruth Hawkins. Died at the home of her son  Daniel T. (Babe) Hawkins  in Flat Rock on Saturday, age 84. Funeral service was Monday at the Flat Rock Methodist Church with burial at Lewis Creek cemetery.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming.



The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, March 1, 1901
Page 6
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News  from  All  Over  the  County.
From Our Special Correspondents.
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NORTH  UNION.
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Union Township.
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          Mr. Crusoe Hawkins,  an aged and respected citizen of Union township, died at his home and was buried Saturday morning, February 23, at the Bennett grave yard.  Mr. Hawkins leaves a son and daughter to mourn the loss of a father.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
Note from Sharon Theobald Rensberger:  I believe Crusoe may be the same person as John B. Hawkins because we have a picture labeled "Crusoe, George, and Adeline Hawkins." George was the son of  John B. and  Adeline.  John B. and Crusoe died on the sameday, so they surely are the same person, I'm guessing.


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday February 28, 1901
Page 7 column 4
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          John B. Hawkins  died at 4 a.m. Thursday, February 21, at his residence about one mile east of Ray’s Crossing, of kidney trouble, aged 68 years, 7 months and 9 days.  He was born in Germany and came to the farm where died when he was six years of age.  He leaves one son, George Hawkins, and two daughters, Mrs. George Holbrook  and  Mrs. William Headee, all of whom reside in Union township.  Funeral services were held at his late home on Saturday, February 23, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. H.H. Nesslage officiating.  Interment in the Bennett cemetery.  Stewart & Hand funeral directors
Contributed by Barb Huff  Sharon Rensberger


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, March 22, 1900
Page 5 column 9
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          Mrs. Rebecca Hawkins was born in the city of New York, May 14, 1809, died at the home of her son, Rev. S. D. Hawkins, of Washington township, March 16, 1900, aged ninety years, nine months and twenty-nine days.  While she was quite young she moved with her parents to Ohio, in the year 1827.  She and Thomas Hawkins, of Virginia were united in marriage, and soon after moved to Shelby county, Indiana.  Settled near where the town of Lewis Creek now is.  They walked together in happy companionship for forty-six years.  She leaves two sons, Rev. S. D. Hawkins, of this county, and John M. Hawkins, of Bartholomew county.  Her funeral was held in the Floyd church at eleven a.m. Sunday, March 18, Revs. Watts and Jester officiating.  The interment was in the Floyd cemetery, in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday May 14, 1896
Page 3 column 2
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          John M. Hawkins, died at his residence, in Union township, at four p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 1896, of kidney trouble, aged sixty-one years and eleven months.  The remains were buried Friday, May 8. Services at the German church in Union township, at two p.m.  The Rev. Dr. G. C. Winters, officiating.  Interment in the German cemetery, D. B. Wilson & Son, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff  Sharon Rensberger

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