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Calvin Lamar Hawkins was born July 5, 1984, to parents Marcus and Linda Hawkins in Birmingham, Alabama. He accepted Christ at an early age at Greater Temple Missionary Baptist Church. He attended Birmingham City Schools and graduated from Parker High School in 2002. He married the love of his life, Maria Nicole Brouwer, on June 13, 2020. After 1½ years their son Marcus Anthony Hawkins was born (2022). Calvin departed his earthly life on May 16, 2023.
Calvin’s loving step-father Anthony Pace influenced Calvin’s life (ages 4-17), and they especially enjoyed fishing together. Calvin was an exceptional student and played baritone saxophone in jazz band. He loved comic books, drawing cartoon characters, he learned metal art casting at Sloss Furnaces, and loved art in general.
Calvin will be remembered as strong, gentle and kind. He was a deep thinker, smart, creative, calm, and had a great sense of humor. He spent his adult life in the Birmingham South Side area. He worked as a cook at restaurants in Five Points where many friendships blossomed over the years. In his Glen Iris neighborhood, he helped create a family-like culture, beautifying their house with plants, and sharing loads of good food on holidays. He loved to make people happy with his food. As a side job, he worked for several years as a stagehand for the union where he enjoyed the musical and theatrical atmosphere, as well making new friends. As his final employment, Calvin was a seafood specialist supervisor with US Foods where he took great pride in his work and was highly valued and loved.
Calvin was dedicated to caring for his family, whether by cooking, grocery shopping, or working. He was proud of his beautiful baby boy who he called “Son.” Calvin, Maria and Marcus had only one year together as a happy little family. He enjoyed caring for his son on weekends while Maria was working away from home. Calvin and Maria were blessed with three years of married life. In his final days in the hospital, with every labored breath, he whispered, “I love you, too” to his soulmate Maria.
Calvin is preceded in death by his father, Marcus Hawkins; Grandparents: Mattie & Levi Jackson and Corine Brooks; and an uncle, Jerry L. Jones.
Calvin leaves his saddened family—his wife Maria Hawkins, son Marcus Anthony Hawkins; his mother Linda Jackson, two sisters, Jacqueline (Mustafa) Ali, and Mia Parry; mother-in-law Carla (Don) Sinnema, father-in-law, Randy Brouwer: two brothers-in-law, Jason and David Brouwer; Aunts, Leonette Jackson, Anna (Arthur) Nash and Dr. Felecia Brooks-Jones; Uncles: Carlton (Sonja) Brooks, Minister Stephen (Rose) Brooks, Austin Brooks, and Rev. Manasseh (Felita) Hawkins; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.