FRANKLINTON - John Henry “Babe” Hawkins, 85, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Durham. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 3, at New Birth Christian Temple in Franklinton, with the Rev. Dr. W. H. Garner officiating. Interment was in the Hawkins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Franklinton.

He was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Charlie and Martha Perry Hawkins. He served in the U.S. Army and was retired from Sterling Cotton Mills of Franklinton.

Surviving: his wife, Ardell “Doll” Hawkins of the home; daughters, Bobbie Jean Hawkins-Mills, Teresa Hawkins and Tonaz M. Hawkins of Franklinton and Clara Alston of Louisburg; one son, John Robert Hawkins of Spring Hope; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.