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Saturday July 9th, 2022
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Jack David Hawkins

ROSEDALE- Jack David Hawkins age 71 of Rosedale, MS passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022, at his home in Rosedale.


On August 13, 1950, Jack was born to Rabon A. Hawkins and Julia Bell Van Hawkins in Cleveland, MS; he graduated from Cleveland High School in 1968. After attending the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, Jack graduated from Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.


Jack spent most of his career as co-owner of Hawkins Distributing, working with his father and brothers in the family business. Jack’s legendary taste in music was celebrated by his friends and obvious to anyone lucky enough to see his record collection. A man of many interests and talents, he was an artist, art and coin collector, antique aficionado, skilled cook, and passionate football fan.


There are few in the Mississippi Delta that could ever challenge his status as the life of the party, with dance moves that could rival James Brown. He married the love of his life, Nancy Ross, in 1984, and together they raised their four children, filling their lives with memories of sailboats and mountain adventures, all set to a soundtrack of Elvis Presley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rabon and Julia Hawkins, and his sister, Dixie Petrie.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Nancy Ross Hawkins of Rosedale, MS; daughters, Jamie Barnett (Cecil) of Rosedale, MS; Kathryn Haik (Richie) of Lafayette, LA; and Jacqueline Hawkins (Christian) of Munich, Germany; his son, Ray Hawkins of Sunflower, MS; brothers, Michael Hawkins of Cleveland, MS; and Kenny Hawkins (Susan) of Cleveland, MS; he is also survived by his 7 grandchildren: Baylor, Grayson, Maisie, Rick, Evelyn, Ellie and Markus who will all miss their “Papa Jack” dearly. He also leaves several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

Honorary pallbearers are his friends, Pat Lyons, Frank Crutcher, Richard Muns, and John Ward.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on July 9, 2022, in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm until 2:00 pm at Cleveland Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Friends of Rosedale P.O. Box 310, Rosedale, MS 38769.

Funeral arrangements are being overseen by Cleveland Funeral Home. The online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

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So sorry Kenny Ray in the loss of your brother.

Mary Jane Ervin Jul 9 2022 2:49 PM

May he Rest In Peace.

Chris Balducci Jul 5 2022 12:20 PM

So sorry Nancy and Jack’s family. He was one of a kind, kind of wild funny guy😍but as kind as they come. So glad Jack was a part of my growing up .love you Nancy

Anita Sayle Jul 4 2022 7:14 PM

Re the dove hunt picture - Jack appears poised to slap a Delta Horse-fly that probably weighs half a pound. I remember most of those boys and would not want to be within pellet-flying distance of any of them. Hope they were shooting blanks.

Don Drane Jun 27 2022 1:57 PM

Brad, Thanks for sharing the pics. He had the antlers of that deer mounted and hanging proudly in our house in Cleveland for 30+ years until they moved to Rosedale. I never thought he had actually killed that buck. But judging by the dress shoes and clothes he's wearing in that pic, I still say he hit it in his truck.

Ray Hawkins Jun 23 2022 11:34 AM

Rest In peace my old friend! Here are 2 pix from the 70\'s that will bring back memories for some. A motley crew from a dove hunt , and a \"trophy\" Texas Whitetail that he was really proud of!

Brad Cole Jun 17 2022 4:57 PM

So sorry about Jack. My condolences to his family.✝️

Susan Murphy Jun 11 2022 4:33 PM

Jack was a fun guy, with a deep appreciation of art, music and the Delta. He loved his family and friends deeply. Maybe unknown to some that Jack was the official Commodore, once, of the Lake Washington Sailing Club at that lake south of Greenville, MS. I\'ll share a photo of Jack enjoying his music and the breeze from Lake Washington a couple of years ago.

Don Drane Jun 11 2022 8:35 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Hawkins

Samantha Milum Jun 8 2022 9:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Hawkins

Ron Hill Jun 8 2022 8:19 PM

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