Joseph Russell JR Hawkins, 62 of Pickerington, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Pickerington Health Care Center, Pickerington.

He was born Friday, Aug. 5, 1949, in Newcomerstown, to the late Vivian Louise Hawkins.

He was a Newcomerstown High School graduate.

He had served in the US Army and then retired from the US Air Force on Feb. 1, 1990.

He was a avid HAM operator.

On Saturday, June 19, 1982, he married Sandra K. (Davis) Hawkins, who died Oct. 16, 2010.

He is survived by a great-uncle, John Hawkins of Texico, Ill.; and many distant cousins.

Graveside services were Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown, with Pastor Derek Hickman officiating.

Military graveside honors were conducted by the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard.

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