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Mr. Pompeii L. "Butch" Hawkins
April 26, 1943 - January 10, 2017
In Loving Memory of Pompeii L. Hawkins
Pompeii LeCardo Hawkins ("Butch") has transitioned from this earthly existence back to The Eternal Essence. On January 10, 2017, he was pronounced deceased by local police at approximately 10 a.m. eastern time due to natural causes after being alone for some days in his home in Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by his only child, Pompey LeCardo Hawkins ("Sport"), whom he shared with his former spouse, Regina Faye Fuller, both from Nashville, TN. To cherish his memory and legacy, he also leaves his son’s wife, his devoted daughter-in-law, Demica Darná Hawkins, and their young son, his only grandchild, Peyson Luke Hawkins, both from Nashville, TN. In addition, he will be missed by many others who loved him dearly. He was predeceased by Pompey LeCardo Hawkins (father), Margaret Alma Hawkins (mother), and René Eugene Hawkins (only sibling).
Butch (04/26/1943 – 01/10/2017) was born to Pompey and Margaret Hawkins in Johnson County, MO. In the 1950’s, he was one of four black children to integrate St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School in Indianapolis, IN. That educational experience forged friendships for him that lasted his entire life. He had a love of all things automotive, especially cars. Oftentimes, he would rebuild the cars and his brother would race them. As a teenager, he had energetic entrepreneurial spirit. With a loan from his mother, he owned an oil operation and service station with his younger brother, until both were drafted. In 1961, he graduated from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, IN.
On March 3, 1966, upon successfully completing his basic training and paratrooper training, Butch became a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, KY. On September 2, 1966, as a direct result of his brother’s death during military service, which left Butch as the sole surviving child, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army. On June 2, 1973, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Aeronautics from the School of Engineering and Technology at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.
On April 16, 1973, as part of diversity initiatives with universities, Butch was recruited by numerous corporations. He selected Detroit Diesel Allison, which was a division of General Motors, and then it later transitioned to Allison Engine Company, and eventually to Rolls-Royce. Due to their corporate restructuring and his willingness to travel, he was relocated from Indianapolis, IN to Oklahoma City, OK and to Newark, CA before returning to Indianapolis. In 1951, Butch’s father applied for a job with the company that owned that operation, and later recalled, "They told me the only jobs for blacks would be janitorial."
On June 20, 2011, after nearly 40 years of dedicated service, Butch retired from Rolls-Royce. During his career, he traveled all over the world, but especially throughout Europe. He received many promotions to positions such as the Manager of European Customer Support. He will forever be remembered by his coworkers and professional friends. As well as, a host of others who worked with him yearly, nearly, and dearly.
On April 29, 2017, a few days after Butch’s 74th birthday, we celebrate his life and legacy with our love.
A Hint of Hawkins History
The Hawkins Family has greatly served the United States of America, the state of Indiana, and the city Indianapolis, in particular. Butch’s parents, Pompey and Margaret Hawkins, were united in Holy Matrimony for 65 years. Their union was blessed with two sons, Butch and René Hawkins. All were longtime residents of Indianapolis, IN.
Butch’s father, Pompey LeCardo Hawkins (04/20/1915 - 04/23/2006), was born to Dr. Pompey and Beatrice Fitzgerald-Hawkins in Atlantic City, NJ. During World War II, he was a trained fighter pilot as one of the members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen assigned to the all-black 332nd Fighter Group of the 99th Pursuit Squadron’s P-51 Mustangs, also known as the renowned "Red Tails." As the Army’s first all-black combat pilot corps that saw action in Europe, the Airmen heroically engaged German fighters while flying escort for U.S. bombers, and were a familiar sight in the skies over Europe. As a lieutenant, and one of the first black officers in the Army Air Forces, he served two tours as a gunnery instructor while working as a squadron correspondent, a public relations officer and an administrator in Tuskegee, AL.
Butch’s mother, Margaret Alma Hawkins (02/20/1919 - 05/23/2010), was born to Charles Winston and Rosa (Edgerston) Middleton in Norfolk, VA. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana University. She was also an instructor of Practical Nursing at the Indiana Vocational Technical College. She went on to become the Public Health Nurse Supervisor at the Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation.
Butch’s brother, René Eugene Hawkins (03/09/1945 – 04/22/1966), was born to Pompey Hawkins and Margaret Hawkins in Tuskegee, AL. He was a passionate and playful person, as well as an accomplished artist as a prolific painter of oil on canvas. Following his high school graduation, as a draftee to the United States Army, he was deployed to serve with his older brother in Vietnam. On April 22, 1966, a few days before Butch’s 23rd birthday, he died en route as a result of an airplane crash in Ardmore, OK.
Butch’s paternal grandfather, Dr. Pompey Hawkins of Atlantic City, NJ, was a prominent physician in New Jersey and was the first Black member of the Atlantic City School Board. His paternal aunt, Imogene Hawkins Boyd ("Ikie") of Indianapolis, IN, was a retired school teacher. His paternal uncle-in-law, Richard Boyd ("Stretch") of Indianapolis, IN, was a retired army officer. Butch’s maternal grandmother, ("Mama") Rosa Middleton of Indianapolis, IN, was one of the world’s most wonderful women!
Special thanks to everyone who ever helped Butch during his lifetime, including, but not limited to, the following devoted friends.
o Lynn Moses Medley, childhood friend
o George and Gabe Dozier, boyhood and adulthood friends
o Delores McCraig, personal friend
o Eldon Foster, professional friend
o John and Jean Teramoto, neighborhood friends
o Liz Davis, neighborhood friend
Special thanks to Denise and David Bryant and Karen Neligh for their console and contact.
Special thanks to the Indianapolis Police Department and Marion County Coroner’s office for their protection and service.
Special thanks to Rolls-Royce and General Motors for their respectfulness and responsibility.
Special thanks to Father Douglas Hunter and St. Monica’s Catholic Church for their charity and Christianism.
Special thanks to Yoshanda Glazebrooks and the Crown Hill Staff for their professionalism and patience.
Special thanks to Larry and Dometra Bowers and Regina Fuller for their godliness and goodliness as grandparents.
Crown Hill Funeral Home
700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:30 a.m. eastern
A rosary will precede the funeral service at 10 a.m. eastern.