Thomas Hale Hawkins III

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Thomas Hale Hawkins III

Lewisburg businessman Thomas Hale "Tommy" Hawkins III died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Jan. 26, 2012. He was 68. Tommy was well known throughout Tennessee as a family man who loved his family, friends and community.

Hawkins was the patriarch of Lewisburg Printing and also the publisher of the Lewisburg Tribune and the Marshall County Gazette until 2005. He began his career working alongside his father and uncle at Lewisburg Printing and later continued the family tradition turning over the business to his three children. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a local printing company to one of the largest printing companies in Tennessee.

This compassionate family man loved life and was a pillar of the community and a true friend to many. He worked hard and played hard and was known to many for his big smile and winning personality.

He gave generously of his time in Marshall County, Tenn. and beyond. His long list of accomplishments and involvement include: 2005 Print Industry Association (PIAS) Man of the Year; trustee for Printing Disability Trust; TSSAA Distinguished Service Award & Recognition; active member of Marshall County's many athletic clubs; First Commerce Bank (Lewisburg, Tenn.) board member and co-founder; member of Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association; Chairman of the PIAS Government Affairs Committee; member of the PIAS Finance Committee; PIAS Treasurer; First and Second Chairman of PIAS; Chairman of PIAS Board of Directors; inductee into Print Industries of America's Ash Kahn Honor Society, a society established in 1950 to honor members of the Print Industries of America for their contributions and service to the printing industry at local affiliates and national association levels; Marshall County Recreation Board member (20 years); Chairman of the Democratic Party of Marshall County; Lions Club member; member of Marshall County Chamber of Commerce; Elks Club member and Elk of the Year.

Tommy and his lovely wife Patricia made their home in Lewisburg, Tenn. Tommy is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia Hawkins; three children and their spouses, Hale Hawkins, Kathryn Hawkins, Re Hawkins Kelso, Kirk Kelso and Timothy Hawkins; and six grandchildren, Stephen Power Johnson, Marsha Haley Hawkins, Thomas Hale Hawkins V, Anna Marie Hawkins, Robert Coble Hawkins and Jackson Bennett Kelso.

Also surviving are his stepmother, Carolyn Hawkins; stepbrother, John T. Boyd; and father-in-law, Bobby Bennett.

Tommy and his wife Patricia enjoyed retirement and their many interests, primarily traveling and watching their six grandchildren grow up. He is remembered as a "good father, grandfather and husband," according to a statement from the family. "He will truly be missed."

Funeral services for Thomas Hale "Tommy" Hawkins III were held Monday, Jan. 30, at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home in Lewisburg, The Rev. Jeff Eason of First Presbyterian Church officiated at the funeral as well as at the burial on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Lone Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the Hawkins family requests memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 122 2nd Avenue North, Lewisburg, TN 37091 or the Marshall Education Foundation, P.O. Box 2823, Lewisburg, TN 37091.

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Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.