William "Cowboy" F. Hawkins, Jr., It is with great sadness that we announce his passing on November 26, 2023, in Antioch, Tennessee.
Cowboy is preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 1/2 years, Helen Hawkins, his mother Ora F. Buck, and his sister Elizabeth Hawkins Dobson. He leaves behind his son, William "Wink" (Kay) Hawkins III, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and a wide circle of cherished friends.
Cowboy was born on May 4, 1934, in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Antioch High School and graduated in 1953. He was voted neatest of his class.
After completing his education, Cowboy embarked on a fulfilling career in tractor trailer repairs. For many years, he worked to ensure the smooth operation of these vehicles. His dedication and expertise were greatly appreciated by all who relied on his skills.
Outside of work, had a deep love for adventure and travel. Together with his wife Helen, they explored vast expanses of North America in their trusty van. From coast to coast in the United States and even journeys through Canada, they reveled in the beauty of nature and the freedom of the open road. Camping became a cherished pastime for them both—a way to immerse themselves fully in their surroundings and create lasting memories. In his younger days, Cowboy also enjoyed hunting and fishing—activities that further fueled his connection with the great outdoors.
Cowboy will be remembered not only as an avid traveler but also for his lively personality that brightened any room he entered. He earned a reputation as a prankster—always ready with a joke or mischievous scheme to bring laughter and cheer to those around him. His warm smile and playful nature made him an instant favorite among friends old and new.
To honor the memory of Cowboy Hawkins Jr., visitation and services will be held at the Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. The visitation will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9:00am ~ 1:30pm with a Celebration of Life at 1:30pm with the burial to follow.
Cowboy led a life filled with adventure, laughter, and love. He will forever be etched in our hearts as one who brought joy to all who knew him. May he rest in peace knowing that his legacy lives on through the countless lives he touched.
In Lie of flowers please make charitable donations in Cowboy’s name to St. Jude Children's Hospital.