Dr. Rowland S. Hawkins

Born in Memphis, TN on March 18, 1941

Departed on March 14, 2019 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Dr. Rowland S. Hawkins, age 77, of Nashville passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019. He was
born March 18, 1941 in Memphis, TN to the late Rowland Dale and Martha Helen Hawkins.

Dr. Hawkins is well-known and highly respected in the field of ophthalmology in the Nashville
and Middle Tennessee area. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of
Tennessee at Memphis. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Baylor Affiliated
Hospitals in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Hawkins is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology, Nashville
Academy of Medicine, Tennessee Medical Association and American College of Surgeons.
As a doctor, a father, a grandfather, a friend, and a man of God, his main focus was to show
compassion, love and to help others.

He is survived by his daughter, Haley Hawkins and son, Hunter Hawkins; grandchildren,
Addison Hawkins, Cooper Hawkins, and Riley Penalosa.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220. Phone: (615) 383-1815 - Website http://fpcnashville.org. The family will receive friends from 1 - 3 p.m.

13 Comments to Dr. Rowland S. Hawkins

  1. Mickie Christian
    April 26, 2019 12:45 am

    Just by chance I googled Rowland, my old friend/boyfriend from the early 1970’s. No reason…I am happily married, but have always had a special place and memory in my heart for this slow-talking, deep-voiced, articulate Southern gentleman. The stories I could tell! Only sweet, and “bring a smile to your face” memories. One that I will share…he liked to take his boots/shoes off when driving his 1970ish blue Cadillac, and he called it “free-toes.” Oh, an afterthought, he would keep beer on the back floor board of that long, fancy Cadillac, and drink it warm…European style.
    Agreed…not very doctor-like, but he had a childish spirit within him. I have a family commitment on May 4, but otherwise…I would be there, in Tennessee, to celebrate this wonderful man’s memory. God speed, Rowland Speck Hawlkins.

  2. Bettye J Lane
    April 26, 2019 1:12 am

    I was deeply saddened by reading the “In Memoriam:
    Rowland S. Hawkins, M.D.” on Heritage Medical Associates Website.
    Dr. Hawkins was my ophthalmologist for 8-9 years.
    His cheerful spirit was a “cheer up!”
    Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Dr.Hawkins.

  3. June and Morris Hannah
    April 26, 2019 5:44 pm

    My husband and I have been Dr. Hawkins’ patients for years and are saddened to learn of his death.
    His cheerfulness always made it a pleasure to keep our appointments. Our sentiments are with his family and friends. June and Morris Hannah..

  4. Janice and Wallace Lampley
    April 26, 2019 7:58 pm

    Dr. Hawkins was my eye doctor since coming to the office downtown and saving my eye sight years ago when my pressure was so high. All these years he’s been trusted by me. We had some lively conversations from time to time over various things going on in local and national government about the way things are being handled. I always enjoyed those times of discussion. Wallace became a patient some years later after me, and he was forever grateful one Saturday when he got a small piece of steel in his eye. I called and got Dr. Hawkins on the line for emergencies. He called and asked where we lived, and we didn’t live far from him and he told us to come over to his home, and he had an old machine he could look at Wallace’s eye. He got that steel out, gave us prescription for medicine and Wallace was so grateful as was I forever!! They just don’t make doctors like that any more, I’m afraid. We will miss him very much. Condolences to all the family. Janice and Wallace Lampley

  5. Anita Welch
    April 28, 2019 4:59 pm

    Dr. Hawkins was my eye doctor for the last 20 years. Going for appointments was a unique experience. People waiting to see Dr. Hawkins talked to each other, even though they had never met. It spoke volumes about the friendly attitude in his office. He always had an upbeat attitude and took his time with every person. He always had a “witty” way of announcing the next person to be examined. Nashville has lost a first class doctor and a very classy gentleman. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to his family.

    • shirley keele
      April 30, 2019 5:13 pm

      Dr Hawkins was my eye doctor for 30 years.
      I was saddened to hear of his passing.
      He was always so kind and took all the time
      he need to see you,He never go in a hurry.
      I will miss him.
      Condolences to his family,
      Shirley Keele

  6. Angelina Baxter
    April 30, 2019 6:08 pm

    Happy Day! Dr Hawkins was one of a kind.

  7. Shirley Webb
    May 2, 2019 7:04 pm

    Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near.
    Still loved, still missed and very Dear.

    Dr. Hawkins was truly a treasure! Happy Day!!

  8. Vista (Vickey) Setters
    May 3, 2019 9:55 am

    Dr. Hawkins has been our doctor at least forty years. It was always a pleasure to visit. He was comical. He would come into the waiting room pretending to blow a horn for his next appointment. He was always willing to take time and talk about family and church. He will be greatly missed by our family and it was an honor knowing him. To his family I express my heartfelt sympathy. I always enjoy seeing the little drawings he had in his office. I never asked if they were children or grandchildren but I know they were there as long as I can remember. May God smile sweetly on his family and may the memories of his life be a solace to all.

  9. Rhonda
    May 3, 2019 7:44 pm

    Such a sad day to get a letter in the mail today from his office informing patients of his passing. Dr. Hawkins was one of a kind. Always looked forward to seeing him because he was always in a happy mood. He truly cared for his patients. Will miss him. Prayers to the family and staff that worked with him.

  10. Rayanne McGregor
    May 4, 2019 9:12 pm

    I didn’t make it to the service today but my thoughts and prayers were with his family and friends as each day since I heard the terrible news. Dr. Hawkins has been a part of my life since he became my doctor 48 years ago in Houston. He carried me out of the OR on his hip while wearing his cowboy boots after my first surgery.
    He’s been the one constant thru many life events throughout my life. I will miss him ALWAYS. My eye problems have always been a huge part of my life and he was always there to fix things for me. I will not only miss him as my friend, but as my trusted doctor.
    I KNOW he is in a much better place now and I hope to see him again one day. Heaven has a very kind new soul.

  11. Rebecca Burrum
    May 15, 2019 3:25 pm

    I just now learned of Dr Hawkins death. Condolences to the family. He was always kind to me. I remember a particularly painful eye infection worsened one weekend. I called him and described my symptoms. He gave me his address and told me to come to his home so he could treat me. That’s something rare, I think. He took time from his weekend to see me so I wouldn’t be in pain any longer. Forever grateful for his care. Rest peacefully.

  12. Alice R-T
    December 30, 2019 12:18 am

    Rowland also left behind a soulmate, Alice, that lived with him and was with him when he died. He was her soulmate, her compadre, her confidante, her spotter on the incline bench, and her dance partner. He had boyish charm and muscle. He could do pull-ups with that long body in a horizontal position, one after another. A few jaws would drop when much younger weight-lifters saw him do this. They shared life and dancing, and loved one another, and she loved him to the moon and back.

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