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H. Sue Hawkins, nee Miller, formerly of Carrier Mills

  • H. Sue Hawkins

    H. Sue Hawkins

updated: 2/14/2021 10:38 AM

H. Sue Hawkins, nee Miller, 92, of Cahokia, born April 22, 1928 in Carrier Mills, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at her residence.

Sue was a retired personnel secretary for Cahokia School District 187. She was a member of the former Maplewood Park Baptist Church for more than 60 years. Sue was an avid musician and enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She played for her church for many years and, in years past, led the chapel choir, which welcomed teens from all denominations. She has always loved her choir "kids."

She started the Sue Hawkins Scholarship Fund that gave many students help with their college tuition. The scholarship fund is now being dispensed by the Baptist Children's Home. She was an avid reader and could finish a book in no time at all -- sometimes in one afternoon. Most of all, Sue loved the Lord and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Hawkins Jr.; a son, Steve Hawkins; a son-in-law, John Gorham; her parents, Hugh and Gleda, nee Tolliver, Miller; and a sister, Iilda Hitchcock.

Surviving are her daughter, Cindy Gorham of Dupo; four grandchildren, Stephen Hawkins, Amy (Rob) Russell, Kristen (Stephen Pate) Cagle and Sean Gorham; three great-grandchildren, Michael Hawkins, Zachary Stout and Jace Russell; a special niece, Deb (Charlie) Butler; and a special great-niece, Lisa (Pat) Connor. She was also a dear sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, and friend.

Condolences may be expressed online at Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children's Home in Carmi.

Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at the funeral home, with Pastor C.J. Langton officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday at Salem Cemetery, Carrier Mills, Illinois.