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Rev. Charles Hawkins

Charles Burdette Hawkins, son of Cecil Clayton and Alice Helen (Anderson) Hawkins, was born January 11, 1932 in Lucas County, Iowa.

Charles grew up in Lucas County and graduated from Russell High School with the class of 1950. Following graduation, Charles enrolled at Omaha Bible Institute; graduating in 1953. During his time in college, he was also in the naval reserves.

On February 12, 1954, Charles was united in marriage to Phyllis Marie Collins at the First Baptist Church in Russell, IA. They were blessed with nearly 64 years of marriage.

Charles was a pastor and minister of the gospel for over 50 years. He ministered in Monroe, IA, Washington, IA, Algona, Iowa; was the camp director at church camp in Indiana; resuming pastoring churches in Webster City and Mount Ayr, IA. Charles retired from the Mount Ayr Regular Baptist Church and worked part time as a janitor at Clearview Home and led bible studies. While living in Washington, IA, Charles received his Teaching Certificate from the University of Iowa. He was board member emeritus at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa. Charles was a member of Ringgold Post #172, American Legion and the Lions Club, both in Mount Ayr.

Charles and Phyllis became residents of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr and Charles went home to be with his Lord & Savior on Friday, February 9, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law Bob DeBoom.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Phyllis of Mount Ayr; 3 children Barbara (Phil) Hamburger of Gettysburg, SD, Cecilia (Jerry) Kempf of Crawfordsville, IN and Gordon (Stephanie) Hawkins of Fairfield, IA; 7 grandchildren Curtis (Rachel) Hamburger, Melody (Grant) Lunning, Courtney Kempf, Rachael (Josh) Worthington, Charles (Keeley) Hamburger, Joshua Hawkins, and Connor Hawkins; 11 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Donna (Jim) Byers of Ankeny, IA; 2 cousins, other relatives and friends.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Regular Baptist Church
Officiant: Rev. Seth Denney
Open Visitation: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2018
Family Present: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2018
Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr, Iowa
Burial: Russell Cemetery – Russell, Iowa
Military Honors: US Navy Honor Guard
Memorials: Ringgold American Legion Post #172 – Regular Baptist Church of Mount Ayr – Clearview Homes of Mount Ayr

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My memories of Charles Hawkins date back a ways: to the 1950s and 1960s, when he pastored Prairie Flower Baptist Church north of Washington Iowa. I would attend with my grandparents, Nina May and Earl Smith. In attendance were other relatives, my great aunt and uncle, Orvie & Nell Scott, and Cousin Bob Scott. It was primarily a farmer's church. There was no air conditioning. Ladies kept the air moving with their fans. The open windows admitted the wonderful smells of the earth. Pastor Hawkins services were the best I ever attended in my life. He carefully crafted each sermon to teach lessons in living from the Bible. Even though I was a child at the time, they always engaged me. And the music! That church had the best four-part harmony singing (all to a piano) that I've ever heard. Calculating back, Charles was quite young then, in his twenties, to have led an old church like that so successfully. My grandparents just loved him. To the family I extend my deepest sympathy for your loss of this wonderful man.

Nancy Jean Smith May 3 2018 12:00 AM

Praying for your whole family. Gordon was such a blessing in my mom's last days last fall. We are truly sorry for your loss but he has gained heaven! Mom remembered your folks with fondness. Martha Draper Tannahill

Martha Tannahill Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your families loss!! He is in Heaven and will be your guardian angel watching over your family!! I am sure he and Tom and Ruby are singing and praising!!!God Bless you all at this time...Will keep you in our prayers. The Ted Hagler Sr Family

Melissa Jane Hagler Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM

My mind is running flag backs to when as a junior boy we would ride to camp in the old Model A. I truly treasure the time Pastor Hawkins was my families pastor. You all have a very special place in my families heart and life. Heaven is sweeter. Praying for comfort for the family. Tim

Tim Joens Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to the Hawkins family. Charles was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed. "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" Matt 25:34 kjv

Eric Feb 11 2018 12:00 AM