Leetonia – Harold “Bud” Hawkins, 87, of Lisbon Rd., passed away at 1:10pm, Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Essex II of Salem following a recent illness.
Mr. Hawkins was born July 22, 1926 in East Township, Carroll County, Ohio, a son of the late Lawrence and Pearl (Lee) Hawkins, and had lived in the Lisbon area most of his life.
Bud worked as a station engineer for Columbia Gas at the Brinker Station for over 40 years, retiring in 1985.
He was a member of the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and had sang in the choir.
Mr. Hawkins was a member and past president of the Western Reserve Wood Carvers; member of New Lisbon Lodge #65 F&AM; member of the NRA; and was an avid reader, enjoying everything from novels to historical books.
Bud was a true outdoorsman, he enjoyed gardening and always looked forward to going turkey hunting. He was also a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Bud also enjoyed watching the Lisbon Lady Blue Devils play softball and was a big fan of the Ohio State Buckeye Football Team.
Mr. Hawkins also served our country as a member of the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany as a member of the Counter Intelligence Corps, until he was discharged in 1947.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary (Martin) Hawkins, whom he married December 16, 1949; sister, Dorothy (the late Ernest) Cole of Kensington; brother, Robert (the late Mary Lou) Hawkins of Canal Fulton, Ohio; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Shirley Wickey of Columbiana; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Howard McKarns.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm, Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark R. Wilds officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call from 10am until noon Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lisbon Lady Blue Devils Softball Team or the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Friends may view Bud’s memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com