William Thomas "Tom" Hawkins

Born: Tue., Oct. 1, 1935
Died: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 08, 2020
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Feb. 08, 2020
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mr. William Thomas “Tom” Hawkins, age 84 of Robinson, IL passed away Saturday February 1, 2020 at Heritage Health (Cotillion Ridge) Nursing Center in Robinson, IL following several months of failing health.

Born October 1, 1935 in Woodward, OK to William H. and Mary E. (McPherson) Hawkins, Tom was one of three children.  On August 31, 1956 he married Virginia Ann (Shup) and she preceded him in death in 1979.  On October 17, 1981 he married Geraldene M. (Hatch) Aldrich who passed away in 2017.

Tom was a Radiographer for Combustion Engineering, Chattanooga, TN, then began a career with Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS) now AMEREN as a Quality Control Manager at the Newton Power Plant, Newton, IL.  During his working life, Tom had many professional and technical society memberships.  He was a member of the Robinson Church of Christ, Robinson, IL.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Sue Hawkins, South Pittsburg, TN, Douglas and Cathy Hawkins, Brandenburg, KY, Randall & Tina Hawkins, South Pittsburg, TN; daughters and sons-in-law, Ms. Laura Irwin, Glasgow, KY, Julie and Tim Cummins, Gallatin, TN; a step son, Bill and Michelle Aldrich, Robinson, IL; a step daughter, Ms. Lisa Garner, Springfield, IL; daughter-in-law, Judy Hawkins, Laconia, IN; thirty one grandchildren, thirty one great-grandchildren with one on the way; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Janet Hawkins, Rosewood Heights, IL, a sister, Mary Sickbert, Moro, IL and several nieces and nephews as well as special friends and caregivers, Mary and Doug McIntosh.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wives, Virginia and Geraldene; a son-in-law, Steve Irwin and a brother-in-law, Kim Sickbert.

Funeral services will be Saturday February 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL with Pastor Ray Warfel officiating.  Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 AM until time of services at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

Interment of the cremated remains will be in the Robinson New Cemetery, Robinson, IL at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Children’s Home Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Arkansas 72450 with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Fred and Phyllis Herschelman
   Posted Sun February 02, 2020
To Tom and Gerry's kids,

We are so sorry to hear of Tom's death. Tom and Gerry were an important part of our lives in Springfield. Their home was so welcoming at so many dinners and activities of the church. Tom with his quiet smile and Gerry with her gifts for every occasion and food, so much food.
Please accept our condolences. We will be in Nashville Saturday at our Great granddaughters birthday. So will be unable to attend the services.
Fred and Phyllis

Annette Kramer
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
When my husband and I moved to Springfield, Tom was the first one to reach out to me and invite me to church. My grandmother, Bernice Hamilton, had a wonderful relationship with Tom. They watched out for each other, especially after Tom’s first wife passed away. After they moved from Olney, Tom and Gerry would visit my grandmother when they were back in town and Gerry always had a little gift for her (that won’t surprise anyone who knew Gerry). I am sorry to hear of Tom’s passing but we all can take comfort in knowing that he lived a good life and he made a difference in my life, and many others also. Thank you, Tom.

Arthur and Cecilia Cornell
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Cecilia and I are very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Tom was a great friend and a great elder and servant of the Lord at Peoria Road (later Lakeside) church of Christ. Tom was my shepherd. Some elders are managers and some elders are teachers. Tom was a shepherd. He protected us from anything that he saw as error. He watched out for us and he tended to us. When someone was sick, Tom and Gerry were there. When someone needed something, Tom and Gerry were there. It’s hard to think of Tom alone. It was almost always Tom and Gerry. For years, Tom and Gerry bought 5 season tickets for front-row seats to the local summer community theatre. They bought 5 so that they could take people from the congregation. Tom saw that we needed to move the congregation and had a great personal hand in successfully moving us to a larger, better built facility in a better location. He watched over us and served all of us. I will always remember that and always appreciate his love and concern for all of us at the congregation.
Tom and Gerry were especially kind to my son David. They had him in their home. Tom loved him deeply. Tom wrote David a very special personal letter when he went away to college urging him to be faithful to the Lord. I will always cherish his care and concern for my son.
We are sorry to hear of his passing, but know he is with the Lord. May that comfort all of us.

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