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Obituary: Elmer B. Hawkins, Columbus

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Elmer B. Hawkins, 88, of Magnolia Court, entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 4:34 p.m. at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Elmer was born April 17, 1925, in Clintwood, Virginia to John Horace and Bessie Layne Hawkins. One of 13 children, he spent most of his childhood years in Lincoln County, Kentucky.

Elmer entered the U.S. Army in July, 1943 and served his country proudly during WWII in the Battle of the Bulge, as a member of the 282nd Field Artillery Battalion.

After returning home in February, 1946, he met the love of his life, Libby Reynolds, and was married August 16, 1947. Elmer and Libby moved to Columbus in 1953. Elmer was a maintenance supervisor at Arvin Industries until his retirement in 1981.

Mr. Hawkins was an avid collector and trader of knives, guns, antique cars, and stamps. After his retirement, he spent many enjoyable hours getting paid for trading items with customers at The Odyssey Gun Shop. He was mechanically inclined and was known to be “able to fix anything”. He was a member of Central Heights Church of God, and a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge of Kentucky. He loved spending time with family and friends.

Elmer is survived by his wife of 66 years; sons, Jim (Marcy) Hawkins of Hartsville, Bob Hawkins of Columbus; and daughter Shelia (Hal) Miller of Columbus; six grandchildren, Erin (Chris) Hawkins, Brooke (Josh) Hawkins, both of Columbus, Lindsay Hawkins of Tucson, AZ, Kye (Ryan) Hawkins of Indianapolis, Cody (Erica) Galbraith of New Whiteland, and Kassidy Galbraith of Columbus; a brother, Felmer Hawkins of Crab Orchard, Ky; sisters, Thetta Denney of Crab Orchard, KY, and Loretta (Johnny) Connors of Science Hill, KY.

Mr. Hawkins was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Columbus, Delbert, Emory, Acy, Bill, Cossie, and David Hawkins; a sister, Clara Cantrell; and a daughter-in-law, Cheri Hawkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201 or donor’s charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at where you may also light a virtual candle for Elmer.

Viewing will be held at Myers-Reed Chapel, 3729 25th St., Columbus on Thursday, November 14 from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Brother Tony Shelton and Rev. Eugene Reynolds will officiate. Entombment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery with graveside rites by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard..

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