Mrs. Annie Jean Hawkins was born in Greenville, Alabama to the late Mr. Eli Thigpen, Sr. and Mrs. Mattie Lou Poole on May 13, 1941.
Mrs. Hawkins graduated from Greenville Training School of Greenville, Alabama.
Mrs. Hawkins joined Harrison Street Christian Church at an early age. During which time she served earnestly as an usher and secretary under the leadership of Pastor Jesse James Fountain and Pastor Leroy Baity until her health begun to fail.
Ms. Hawkins united in holy matrimony to Mr. Robert Lee (Bo) Hawkins on June 7, 1969. This union was blessed in the uniting of six siblings: Elder Debbie (Julius) Chestang, Pensacola, Florida; DeLois Thigpen, Sharon (Lonnie Jr.), Evangelist Elizabeth (Willie Lee) Moorer, the late Robert James (Bertha) Hawkins, and Darren Hawkins all of Greenville, Alabama.
Along with the children of Mrs. Hawkins, she leaves to cherish her memories four sisters:
Mary Helen Gregory, Montgomery, Mattie Lou Thigpen, Houston, TX; Tricia Ann (The Late Eddie) Cook, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Evangelist Debbie (Julius) Chestang, Pensacola, Florida.
Five brothers: Pastor Eli (Geraldine) Thigpen III and Bobbie Thigpen both of Saint Paul, Minnesota; Jesse James (Agnes) Thigpen and Frank Thigpen both of Montgomery, Alabama; and Reverend Freddie Lee (Jocelyn) Thigpen of the Philippines.
Two grandchildren: Lonnie Freeman III and Robert Eli Freeman, Greenville, Alabama; one precious grandson: Jaylyn Freeman, Brundidge, Alabama; one sister-in-law: Jean (Willie) Hardy, Jamaica, New York and one brother-in-law: James (Darline) Herbert, Chicago, Illinois; two aunts: Mattie L. Poole; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Fannie Mae Poole, Fort Deposit, Alabama; Ula Pearl Brooks, Mobile, Alabama; Era Scott, Daisy (Isiah) Knight both of Columbia, South Carolina and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Hawkins had “one” very special friend, who just happened to be her aunt, Ula Pearl Brooks of Mobile, Alabama.
Ms. Hawkins and Ula Pearl would communicate via phone hour upon hours. Mrs. Hawkins would constantly find herself clarifying the fact that Aunt Ula was her aunt; however, she was so much more. In times of uncertainty, Mrs. Hawkins would always say “I need to talk to Ula Pearl.” Aunt Ula showed much love to Mrs. Hawkins. They loved each other as sisters. During Mrs. Hawkins time of illness; their relationship did not change.
Thereby, the family of the late Mrs. Hawkins would like to thank “Aunt Ula” for being a true friend to our mother.
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