Mother Earline Roach Hawkins was born on October 18, 1925, to the late Moneta O. Roach. She received her education in Camden, SC and became a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, in Camden, SC.
She was a great spirit, a great power and a guiding force. Se relied on her unwavering faith in God to fuel everything she did. She was God’s representation of the Great Mother. She was a mother not only to her own, but of many in the community. Her precious years were occupied raising her children of nine, grandchildren of twelve, great-grandchildren of thirty-one and great-great grandchildren of three. She relied on her children to use their gifts in sine unique ways to assist her in the village she raised. Towards her later years, Mother Earline spent two years at Life Care Nursing facility in Columbia, SC, where she was visited by her pastor, church members, family and friends on a regular basis. She spent her last thirteen months at Karesh Wing Nursing Facility.
Mother Earline felt life was a work of art requiring strength and love to grow all that she touched. It was the strength of both her and her husband, Dan Hawkins, Sr., that harvested what they planted and God gave them a field of beautiful flowers that spread throughout the land making their unique contribution to the world.. We could learn from her famous line, “Trying to make one hundred because ninety-nine and a half just won’t do!” This line represented her 100% in everything she did on this Earth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Hawkins, Sr.; her sons, Dan Hawkins, Jr. and Erskine Hawkins; a daughter, Moneta Hawkins Harrell and a brother, Richard Roach, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Bernice Hawkins, Patricia Engram (David), Doreen Heath, Yvonne Caulley, Vernell Dow (Larry), Michael Hawkins; a granddaughter she raised, Tonja Hancock; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren and a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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