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January 29, 2024
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Walter Hawkins was born on October 26, 1944 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Walter was baptized at an early age at Shiloh Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.
He completed primary education at A. L. Lewis Elementary and Middle School and graduated from Stanton Vocational High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
Walter enlisted into the U.S. Army in September of 1969 and completed his basic training in St. Louis, Missouri and was later stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado. He served in the Vietnam War. He was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army in September of 1971. Walter then relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana in this same year. And for that last fifteen years he was a member of Holy Rose Catholic Church.
He was the proud father of two children: his son, Thomas and daughter, Gwendolyn.
Walter enjoyed bowling, watching football and was a diehard Indianapolis Colts Fan. He also liked to travel and make new friends. He was a member of the Blind Veteran’s Association.
Walter L. Hawkins departed this life on January 29, 2024 at the age of seventy-nine years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walker and Alma Hawkins.
He is survived by his daughter, Gwendolyn Hickson; son, Thomas Rice (Valerie); grandchildren, Geremiah Hickson, Trimya Jackson, Thomas Rice, Jr., Darryl Rice, Phillip Rice, Victor Rice, Kiana Rice, and Anthony Jones; sisters, Betty Young, Mary Hawkins, and Annie Williams; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and close friends, Rick Taylor and Mary Lou Anderson.