Celebrating the life of Reverend Bryant A. Hawkes
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Bryant attended Nottoway County Public School Systems and after graduation in 1979, he joined the United States Army and traveled to many places and countries. One of his fondest memories was being stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. At this time his relationship with the Lord grew stronger under the leadership of Chaplin R.L Wilkes. On April 24, 1983 Bryant was born into the kingdom of God and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior. In Bryants’ travels he learned one very important thing, God is God no matter where he lived or went.
In 1991 Bryant completed his active duty tour and joined the Army National Guard. Bryant retired in 2001 after completing 22 years of military service. Upon returning back from Demstart, Germany to Virginia, Bryant joined fellowship with Fourth Mount Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Earl W. Walker in 1992. Since that time Bryant has served many capacities within the church and in 1993 he was ordained as a deacon. He held many offices and was active in different ministries such as Chairman of the Board of Deacon Ministry, 4th Mt. Zion Male Chorus, Sunday School Teacher, Senior Choir, Voices of Unity, Sanctuary Choir, United Protective Association, and Sunday School Union. In February 2015 Bryant was lead by God to try and get the young men active in the community organizing the Soldiers of The Cross Ministry. He loved this group of men and was so proud of their last group activity, the school drive give away. Bryant also graduated in May 2014 from religious studies through the Evans-Smith Leadership Training Program through Virginia Union University and was currently enrolled in continued studies under Dr. Rosa Winn.
Bryant was currently employed by FITT Scientific LLC as an Ordnance School Corps instructor at Fort Lee, Virginia. Bryant loved his co-workers and developed many lasting friendships. He always had many stories to share about his soldiers, and he always talked about them as they were his kids. Bryant had an awesome love for God, love for life, love for his wife and children, love for all other family members, his pastor and church family, and friends. We often said Bryant never met a stranger and he was his own GPS as he would love to ride out and knew how to get to just about anywhere. One of Bryant’s favorite scripture as he always told us that he loved them all was (Psalm 28:7) “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Bryant had felt the Lords presence with him all his life. On Sunday March 4, 2012 he preceded his initial sermon and was ordained the following year March 3, 2013. Bryant loves the Lord and loved to preach his word. Bryant would preach his final sermon on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 4th Mt. Zion Baptist Church, “Walking with Jesus” Ephesians 1:2-4.
Bryant met the love of his life during childhood and they were childhood sweet hearts; on December 20, 1980 he married Jacqueline Gray Hawkes (Baby). To this union Bryant leaves behind his wife of 36 years Jacqueline Gray Hawkes, daughters Calisa (Smuck) Hawkes Barley (Sean) and Ashly Simone Hawkes (Rusafick). Four brothers Jessie Hawkes (Gloria) of Petersburg, VA, Pastor Kenneth Hawkes (Angelyn) of Dinwidde VA, Donald Hawkes (Brenda) of Wilson, VA, and Vincent Hawkes of Blackstone, VA. Three sisters Carolyn Williams (Joshua) of New Kent, VA, Mary Tucker (Larry) of Colonial Heights, VA, Viola Person (Thurman) of Chester, VA. Three brother-in-laws Milton Gray (Gloria) of Crewe, VA, Earnest Gray of Blackstone, VA, Phillip Gray (Janice) of Ford, VA. Three sister-in-laws Gwendolyn Ward (Joe) of Crewe, VA, Vanessa Green of Charlotte Court House, VA, Delores Mitchell (Frank) of Crewe, VA. One uncle, Napoleon Hawkes (Frances) and one aunt, Clara Hawkes of Blackstone, VA. He had many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation for Reverend Bryant A. Hawkes:
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at the funeral home and from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Fourth Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 4222 Winningham Rd., Crewe, VA.
Funeral Services Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 12:00 noon at Nottoway High School, Crewe. Interment Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia.
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