Hawkins, Jesse "Babe" James

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM with VFW Auxillary Service at 7:30 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Anaconda Cemetery in St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
Anaconda Cemetery in St. Clair, MO


Jesse James Hawkins, known to all as Babe, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on January 10, 2019, having reached the age of eighty-three years, two months and twenty-eight days. Babe was born in St. Clair on October 12, 1935, son of Harry Monroe Hawkins and Jennie Ellen Hawkins nee Bishop. On September 16, 1955, he was united in marriage to Betty Jean Sohn and one son came to bless this union.

Babe is survived by two grandsons, Harry Hawkins and Devin Hawkins, both of St. Clair, MO; by his special great-nephew, Geary Gordon, known to all as Chuck, and wife, Kim, of St. Clair; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Babe was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jennie Hawkins; by his wife, Betty Hawkins; by his son, Ronnie Hawkins; by two brothers, Robert Hawkins and infant Edward Hawkins; and by three sisters, Mayme Downey and infants Wilma and Effie Hawkins.

Babe was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He began his working career at Deb Shoe Factory in St. Clair, MO. After seventeen years at the shoe factory, he went to work at Jefferson-Smurfit in Pacific, MO, retiring after seventeen years with the company. When he wasn't working at the factory he helped to build houses in the area. He was a life member of VFW Post 2482 Auxiliary in St. Clair, a member of American Legion Post 347 Auxiliary in St. Clair and a charter member of the St. Clair Elks Lodge 2651 in St. Clair. Babe loved to fish, hunt and watch old western movies. He built a pond on his property and having family gatherings there was a favorite pastime. He was a well-liked man that everyone knew as "Uncle Babe" or "Grandpa". What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.

A kind and loving grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jason Gaszak officiating. Interment was in Anaconda Community Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to Anaconda Community Cemetery.