Tommy Ray Hawkins, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Milan, took his final flight from this world on July 1, 2014, after a valiant struggle with prostate cancer. Visitation and services will be held at Wade Funeral Home, Arlington, on Monday, July 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Dallas National Cemetery. Tommy was born to Fred and Alice Hawkins on Jan. 28, 1933, in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn. After high school graduation, Tommy joined the Army and served as a radio operator during the Korean War. In 1955, he married the girl of his dreams, Anna Sue Wood, and moved to Rock Island. There he worked as a supervisor at John Deere Plow & Planter Works, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, the American Legion and the VFW. A lover of excitement and risk, Tommy began his private pilot adventure in 1963, becoming a member instructor and eventually manager of the Quad-City Flying Country Club. He owned Tom-A-Hawk Flying Inc., flying for business and pleasure in his beloved Cessna 210 until failing health stopped him at the age of 75. He also enjoyed playing a good game of euchre, the annual Hawkins fishing trip from Illinois to Toledo Bend and the fish fries that followed, golf, water skiing, hanging at the QC airport with his pilot buddies and flying anywhere at any time with anybody. His love for family was immeasurable. We will miss his laughter, hugs, generosity and unconditional love. Tommy leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Anna Sue; daughters, Karen (Alan) Phillips, Kennedale, Texas, and Melanie (Kent) Wheeler, Burleson, Texas; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Charles, Illinois; sister, Nancy, Tennessee; and several very dear nieces and nephews. He was devastated by the death of his son, Shawn, in 2002 and was also preceded in death by two brothers in recent years. The family wishes to thank Freedom Hospice for their care and compassion since March, as well as wonderful family and dearest friends in Illinois who have cared, visited, prayed for and loved Tommy during his lifetime. He has met his Savior face to face.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.