T.M. Buddy Hawkins was born September 8, 1921 in Tyler, Texas to Lillie Stevens Hawkins and H.W. Hawkins. His youth was mostly spent in Nacogdoches where he was an outstanding athlete, being named All Sate in football. He attended Schreiner Institute on an athletic scholarship where he again excelled in sports.
He served in the United Sates Army as a cryptographer during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches where he again played football and coached after graduation. He later coached in Sonora, Texas where he met and married Lady Lou Terry. In 1951 they moved to Odessa where they lived for over 60 years. The couple established Hawkins Construction in 1964 which they operated till retirement. The couple was named Honorary Lifetime Members of the Permian Bass Club and they were long time members of First United Methodist Church. In 2012 they moved to Alpine.
Survivors include his wife Lady of 63 years and daughters Lady Chachi Hawkins of Alpine, Terry Hawkins of Lubbock and husband Doug Klepper and son Tommy Hawkins of Odessa and wife Tammy and a sister Betty Sue McClain of Nacogdoches. Buddy had three grandchildren TC Hawkins of Alpine and wife Julie, Lora Kirkland of Willow Park and husband Chad and Natalie Klepper of New Braunfels. There are 4 great grand daughters, Kody, Kylie, Kacy and Libby who always put a smile on Buddys face, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Elm Grove cemetery. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to West Texas Boys Ranch.