W.C. Hawkins, 95, Irmo High School’s stadium named in his honor
W.C. Hawkins, of Irmo, died Jan. 27, 2015, at the age of 95.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Temples Halloran Funeral Home, 5400 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow Street, Irmo, SC 29063. The Rev. Wayne Horne will officiate. Burial will follow at Colony Lutheran Church Cemetery on Highway 76 in Newberry.
Mr. Hawkins, beloved husband of 60 years to the late Katie “Kitty” Mills Hawkins, was born in Liberty. He was the son of the late James Henry Hawkins and Caroline Lesley Hawkins. He moved to Central as a youngster and was educated in the Central public schools.
Mr. Hawkins was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific Ocean Theater during WWII. A graduate of Clemson College, he earned his master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina. He was a member and past president of numerous professional organizations. He was principal of Lancaster Senior High School, then superintendent of Chester County schools. In 1966, he was named superintendent of Lexington County School District Five where he served for 15 years until his retirement.
In 1977, W.C. Hawkins was named South Carolina Superintendent of the Year. The following year, in recognition of his contribution to the community, W.C. Hawkins Stadium was named in his honor.
W.C. and his wife, Kitty, were Charter Members of Coldstream Country Club where they played golf almost every day. W.C. also played with the Old Guard.
Surviving are his children, Jimmy Hawkins (Sherry), of Columbia, Kathy Weeks (Tommy), of Columbia and Mike Hawkins (Candi), of Charleston; his greatest love of all, his grandchildren, Amye Caldwell, Cee Hawkins, Ashley Cook (James), Mills Hawkins (Courtnee), Zann Hawkins (Sarah), Katie Livingston (Bryan) and Tyler Hawkins; great-grandchildren, J.D. Cromer, Julia Cromer, Mary Hollis Hawkins, Caroline Hawkins and Millee Hawkins; and sister, Sue H. Goodman, of Laurens.
In addition to his wife, W.C. was preceded in death by a son, William C. Hawkins Jr.; daughter, Harriett Hawkins; and a sister, Eunice H. Elrod.
The family would like to thank the staff of Generations of Irmo for their devotion to Pop over the last four years.
The family requests memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo, SC 29063 or a charity of one’s choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Temples Halloran Funeral Home.
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