Donald Maurice Hawkins, known affectionately as Donnie, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2023, surrounded by his loving Family Daughter Vivian, Son-in-law Michael, and granddaughter Paige. Born on August 27, 1944, in Pittsburgh, PA, to James and Georgetta Hawkins, Donnie was a man who left an indelible mark on the lives of all who knew him.
Donnie's career spans an impressive 45 years with various phone companies including Pac Bell, GTE, Contel (his favorite company to work for), and Verizon. Throughout his tenure, he received numerous awards for his exemplary service. His dedication and commitment to his work were admired by colleagues and he became a role model for those around him.
While Donnie's professional achievements were commendable, it was his role as a grandfather that truly brought him joy. He adored spending time with his granddaughter, Paige. They shared an unbreakable bond and were almost inseparable. Donnie often joked that Paige was more his than anyone else's. His love for her knew no bounds and their cherished moments together will forever be treasured.
One of Vivian's fondest memories with her father was experiencing the Holyfield/Tyson fight in Vegas. As both Holyfield fans in a sea of Tyson supporters, they engaged in playful banter and trash talking throughout the match. Watching boxing matches or working on cars and motorcycles together brought immense happiness to both of their lives.
Donnie was a man who cared deeply for his family and friends. He had an understated sense of humor that could take some time to appreciate fully. Once you truly knew him, however, you were hooked by his infectious laughter and wit. His ability to make friends effortlessly and strike up conversations with anyone he met was truly remarkable. Donnie was also known for looking out for his neighbors and always being there to lend a helping hand.
In addition to his successful career and his loving presence within the family circle, Donnie had another chapter of his life that shaped him profoundly. He served in the Army of the United States for six years, ultimately reaching the rank of SP4 (T) E-4. His time in the 82nd Airborne and Special Operations left an indelible mark on his character and values.
Donnie had a variety of hobbies and interests that kept him busy. You could often find him in the kitchen, cooking up delicious meals or baking treats for his loved ones. His collection of cookbooks attested to his passion for culinary exploration. Another favorite pastime involved collecting family photos, preserving memories that would be cherished for generations to come.
On December 5, 2023, Donnie surrendered his life to the Lord and was baptized by his beloved granddaughter, Paige, on December 6th. This spiritual awakening brought him solace and comfort in his final days.
Donnie leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. He is survived by his daughter Vivian, son-in-law Michael, granddaughter Paige, grandson Andre', great-granddaughter Tatyana, and their families who adored him dearly. He is also survived by three sisters - Mona, Diane, Virginia - and one brother Ronald - who will forever cherish their memories together.
Donnie's predeceased family members include his mother Georgetta, father James, brothers Chuck, Major, Danny, two sons Lee and Ralston, a dear friend Joe, and ex-wife Margaret with whom he shared 43 beautiful years.
In addition to his immediate family members mentioned above, Donnie leaves behind a host of other loved ones who will carry his memory in their hearts forever. These include friends, Evelyn and Irene, son Donald II, three stepsons - James, Ronald, John - as well as 33 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The loss of Donnie has left an immense void in our lives but we are grateful for the time we had with him. His kindness, warmth, and infectious laughter will forever resonate in our hearts. May his soul rest in eternal peace as we find solace in the beautiful memories he leaves behind.