He was the son of the late Dora Black Hawkins and Joseph Hawkins.
He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Burton Ausburn; his stepson, West Harden; his sisters: Mary Lou Woodward and her husband Steve, Marie McKinney and her husband, Johnny, and Nettie Hawkins; and his brothers: Frankie, Claude and Robert Hawkins and his wife, Margaret, Charlie Hawkins and his wife, Dorothy, Bill Hawkins and Irvin Hawkins.
He served as a sheriff’s deputy with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. He also served as chief of police for Ducktown. He worked for the EMS in Bradley County with 14 years of service and also with the Polk County EMS. He also worked for Astec Industries in Chattanooga for a time.
He was an avid fisherman and he enjoyed riding in the mountains and watching old Westerns on TV.
He attended Abundant Life Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Anne Hawkins, of Cleveland; his daughters: Sheila Hawkins of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Schonna Goins and her husband, Bobby, of Cleveland, Tabitha Holder and her husband, Doug, of Benton, and Tonya Wilson of Ocoee; his son, Marty L. Hawkins and his wife, Audrey, of Dayton; his grandchildren: Venita Karakaya and her husband; Dogan, Andrew Trow, Cheyenne Cross, Javin Hawkins and his wife, Macy, Branden Hawkins, Evyn Hawkins and Angela Wilson; his great-grandchildren: Cuyler Trow, Cayden Cross, AnaBella Karakaya and Teygan Karakaya; his stepdaughter, Paula Ledford; his sister, Betty Groomes of Cleveland; his mother-in-law, Hazel Taylor of Cleveland; his sister-in-law, Faye Hawkins of Fort Oglethorpe; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, from the Wildwood Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Revs. Johnny Smith and Gary Farris officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dill Cemetery in Polk County with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends Friday, after 5 p.m., at the funeral home.
You may share condolences and memories of Jerry with the family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.