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Obituary – Barbara Jean Hawkins (1942-2022)

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Barbara Jean Hawkins of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, November 22, 2022 in Waldron. Barbara was born November 21, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama to Malcolm Elmer Gettmann and Marie Coyle Carr. She was 80 years old. Barbara was a longtime member of Waldron United Methodist Church.

Barbara was a super volunteer. She could be found volunteering her time in as many ways as one’s mind could imagine. Barbara could be found at any given time working at the church, helping her church family, working the food pantry and so much more. She also volunteered for the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary for many years. Barbara was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxillary. In 2016 Barbara was the recipient of the Ann Crossett Volunteer of the Year Award. Barbara’s true love and passion was her family. She treasured her time with her children and grandchildren making forever memories and leaving a legacy of love, care and compassion with each of them to cherish. 

Barbara leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children: Kimberly Spencer and husband Michael of Corsicana, Texas, Melynda Morace and husband Steven of Oceanside, California and one stepson, James W. Hawkins. Nana, Grammie or GG will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren: Jacob (Elizabeth) Spencer, Michaela Spencer, Matthew Spencer, Ryan Morace, Emily (Shelby) Robey and great grandchildren: AnnaBelle, Levi and Finnley.  Barbara is also survived by her siblings: Patricia Chitjian, Candace Ross, Malcolm Gettmann, Patrick McGarity and Daniel Harris. Barbara will be missed by all those who knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including a host of special nieces and nephews, close friends and fellow church members she loved dearly.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Malcolm Gettmann and Marie Coyle Carr, her loving husband James Dillard Hawkins, one sister, Judith Rizek and one brother, David McGarity.

Barbara’s life celebration will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2022 at the Waldron United Methodist Church with Roger Rice and Diane Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the Hawkins Cemetery in Parks, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Barbara’s pallbearers will be Michael Spencer, Matthew Spencer, Malcolm Gettman, Shelby Robey, Levi Robey, Jacob Spencer, Pete Reyman, Joe Reyman and Josh Reyman.

Barbara’s visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2022 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas.

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