“When someone you love becomes a Memory, that Memory becomes a Treasure”
Today We Remember Henry Lee “Buttercup” Hawkins Jr, the only son born to Henry Sr and Ruby Sanders Hawkins in Flat Creek, Alabama, on January 3, 1960.
Buttercup was a rambunctious, curly haired little boy who played and ran the dirt roads of Flat Creek and everyone in the mining camp town knew him. He later grew into a man who was well- known throughout Walker and Jefferson County.
While a young boy, he joined Rising Star Baptist Church and years later he joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Adamsville, and served as a Deacon under Rev. James Dimbo.
“Cup” attended Walker County Schools and was a phenomenal athlete; he played Basketball and Football; he was the first Black Quarterback to step onto the field for Dora High School, from where he later graduated.
After graduation, he worked at Standard, Barbers, Allied and Industrial but like many young men in the late ‘70’s, “Cup” began working in the Coal Mining Industry and worked for Drummond Coal Company for 15 years.
Approximately 4 months ago, Buttercup began to have failing health issues, hospital stays and was in a rehabilitation facility where on August 11, he succumbed to his illness and transitioned to an eternal life of peace, free of sickness and pain, to reunite with his Dad Henry, Mom Ruby, Sister Janet and Nephew Alexander.
His Memory remains in the hearts of his Daughter Jazmine Hawkins, Seattle, Washington; 3 Sons: Adrian “Asa” Woods (Candace), Gardendale; Joshua Hawkins, Birmingham and Khalif Green, Huntsville. 2 Sisters: Cynthia Sambe, St Louis and Sharon Franklin (Henry), Birmingham.
2 Grandchildren, Adrian and Kennedi Woods. A special Nephew and Niece, Edmund Hawkins and Nicole Bridges. 4 other nephews: Alonzo Matthews, Jeremiah Hawkins, Harold Moore and Raymond Moore. 3 other nieces: Shante Matthews, Kimberly and Krystal Moore
4 great nephews, 3 great-great nephews, 6 great nieces, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.
Others who will remember and truly miss him is his BFF of 55 years, Randy Jones; Randall Spencer, who he called his little brother and God Parents, Tommy and Gwen Spencer.
“Cup’s” greatest pass times were Watching TV, hanging out at Walmart and Piggly Wiggly to socialize and Alabama Football.
Now, he gets a chance to Quarterback and Shoot Hoops with the Angels
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