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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery. 1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.