James Edward Hawes, 79, of Duluth died peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital on October 7, 2019. James was born August 17, 1940 to Jesse & Martha Hawes. James served in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1961.
James married Bernita Hamill on July 27, 1970 . He was happily married for 47 years until her passing in 2017.
James retired from General Motors in 1986. He got the most joy from being with his children and grandchildren. His loyal dog “Tiger” was his special buddy. James attended church services at Craig’s RV Park in Florida including many other activities with his wife and “park friends” before moving to Duluth in 2019. James was an avid sports fan. He participated in many different sports in his younger years and coached youth baseball, football and softball through his adult years. His training as a cook in the Navy served him well in later life cooking for many special events. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
James is preceded in death by his wife Bernita Hawes in 2017, and three sons: Gerald, Edward, & Jamie. Brothers: Marvin, Gerald & Charles. James is survived by his son Bryon Hawes (Lynn); Daughter-in-law Ruth Hawes; Grandchildren: James Hawes (Amber), Karly Hawes, Dana Stevens (Nate), Cassie Hawes, Andrew Greaves (Alanna). Great grandchildren: Amelia, Audrey, Jolene Hawes; Jamie & Alissa Stevens
In lieu of flowers or gifts, a donation to World Vision is greatly appreciated. A private family service will be held at a later date.
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