Carleton “Charlie” Ray Hawkins

Carleton “Charlie” Ray Hawkins, 77, of Arden, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born May 10, 1942 to the late Ralph and Edith Hunter Hawkins.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Lewis M. Hawkins.

He grew up in Cashiers, and in 1964 received an associate degree in Machine Shop from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. He was a tool and die maker as well as a welder and a private pilot. He built a Pitts special biplane from 1976 to 1979. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, supporting drivers Bill Elliott and his son, Chase Elliott.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Thelma Irene Jones Hawkins; daughter, Suzan Renee Hawkins of Arden and East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada and her partner, Wayne Parkinson of East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada; son, Charlie Ray Hawkins and his partner, Jackie Shealy of Hendersonville; and sister, Delia H. Neely of Cashiers.

The funeral service was Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Coyie Wheeler officiated. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WNC Air Museum, 1340 E. Gilbert St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.

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Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Crossroads Chronicle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1040
94 U.S. Highway 64 West, Suite 1 (Shoppes on the Green)
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-5101
Fax: 828-743-4173