Jerald ‘Mike’ Hawkes

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Jerald John “Mike” Hawkes, 86, of Sabinal died on June 30, 2014, at his residence. He was born on Dec. 23, 1927, in Sabinal as the seventh of eight children born to Effie Hawkes and Fred Hawkes. The family said Hawkes became known as “Mike” at age 4 when an uncle said Jerald John was too fancy a name for a little boy. He called him Mike, and the nickname stuck. After graduating from Sabinal High School, Hawkes became a professional rodeo rider, traveling to rodeos all over the southwest, many times singing and playing the guitar for his entry fees. He met and married June Willis on Nov. 2, 1955, in Shrub Oak, New York, and returned to Sabinal. He spent the next 30 years working for the Texas Highway Department. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Fred Hawkes Jr., Sam Hawkes, Herbert Hawkes and Earl Hawkes; and two sisters, Beatrice Angelo and Nellie Pritchard. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, June Hawkes; three sons, Michael Hawkes and wife, Jeanine, of Sabinal, Dudley Hawkes and wife, Kirsten, of Huntsville and Roger Hawkes of Houston; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Jo Robinson of San Angelo; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held yesterday at 11 a.m. at the Sabinal United Methodist Church. The family requests memorials be made to the Uvalde Hospice, 1038B Garner Field Road, Uvalde, Texas 78801 RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM

 

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