Roderick Lionell Hawkins, Sr.

November 14, 1952 - February 11, 2021

Rod Hawkins, 68, of Kountze, Texas, passed away Thursday, February 11th, 2021, at home surrounded by his family, following a brief but valiant struggle against cancer.  Even when faced with the daunting news and overwhelming adversity, Rod never gave up and fought with the grace, dogged determination, and an optimistic attitude that defined his life.

It is impossible to put into words the heartbreak we are experiencing, but we are comforted knowing that he is at Home with our Heavenly Father.  Rod was a loving father and papa, a fiercely loving husband, beloved friend, and his impact on this world cannot be measured.  He has gone on to a better place, and we will be reunited in time.

Rod was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas.  He loved hunting, fishing and all of his many friends.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy after high school.  Following his stint with the Navy he moved back home.  He worked twenty years at GulfCo, retired and secured a career of a lifetime at PumpTex.  God’s plan is always perfect and his career at PumpTex was one of his greatest joys.

Survivors include his wife, Mimi Hawkins of thirty-two wonderful years, children, Beaux Hawkins of Dallas, Erik Hawkins and James Orr, both of Lumberton, and Jesse Orr of Kountze; grandchildren, Briana VanNess, of Lumberton, Jimmy VanNess currently serving in the United States Coast Guard and Jaydon Orr of Lumberton; siblings, John Hawkins of Virginia and his wife, Doris and Barbara Barbie of Tyler.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as pallbearers are Erik Hawkins, James Orr, Jesse Orr, Jaydon Orr, Jimmy VanNess, Robert Peavey, Jay Ruth and Gene Ivins.

A gathering of Mr. Hawkins’ family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Hardin Memorial Park, Silsbee.

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Hardin Memorial Park

Hardin Memorial Park
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Funeral Service

Funeral Service
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  • 02/20/2021
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Gathering of Family and Friends

Gathering of Family and Friends
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  • 02/19/2021
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Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX

Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
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Carol Corbin

Mimi, Mimi, I am shocked and saddened to read of Rod's passing. My mother thought highly of both of you. I was in Rod's company only a handful of times, but what a pleasant person he was! Please accept my condolences.

Bill and Jackie Holton

Mimi and family, I am so sorry that Rod has passed. He was such a sweet and gentle guy; a pleasure to know and a great neighbor! We miss seeing 1-2-3 across the street!! Love to all of you.

Linda Harris

Mimi you and your family have my heartfelt condolences. It has been a very long time since I saw Rod, but the picture that you have posted reminded me of his special smile .I admired his sweetness, kindness., and love of his family.. I am presently having mobility issues. I will not see you, but know that my thoughts, love, and prayers will be with your and your family.. May God bless you all.

Jay Ruth

Rod was a great coworker and friend, When I started my career at PumpTex Rod was the lead technician and under his instruction he taught me what it took to succeed in this field. Rod had a uncanny will to not let a problem get the best of him, a trait I always admired. I will never forget the time he took me Bass Fishing at Sam Rayburn (my 1st time) we fished out of his boat and Gary Everett fished close by in his. At the time I really did not like fishing and had no clue what to do but as usual Rod had the patience to teach and helped me land a whopper of a fish. Even near the end Rod did not give up, he maintained his dignity and still liked to joke around in conversation's. He was a prime example of what it means to be a man something I can only hope brushed off a little on all of us. I will miss him.

Aunt Barbara

Mimi my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.. Aunt Barbara

Deidre Miller

I’m so glad I had the chance to know Rod. He was the service manager when I began working for Pumptex almost 9 years ago. He was an all around good guy. His love for Mimi was the kind of fairytale love that most people only dream of having. He always had the best advice, he always listened, he was a great leader, he always smiled and we Always had the best laughs. He saw the good in every situation and never let anything get the better of him. I will never forget him. I love him and Mimi like family. I know he is in a better place now and no longer in pain but I will miss him so much.