John Eric Hawkins

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

John Eric Hawkins, 34, of Monette, passed from this life Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Born in Osceola, he was a 2003 graduate of Buffalo Island Central High School and was a lifelong resident of northeast Arkansas. He was a program technician for Big River Steel and had previously worked in the same capacity for Nucor-Yamato. John Eric was a commercial pilot and was a partner in Over the Top Aviation, Inc. An avid aviation enthusiast he also enjoyed golfing, fishing, and time spent with his family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Leachville. John Eric was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Chad Hawkins.

Survivors include one son, Ethan Ray Hawkins; two daughters, Ashtyn Leigh Hawkins and Hannah Rose Hawkins, all of Monette; his parents; Curtis and Donna Pender Hawkins of Monette; one sister, Keri Shrable (Ryan) of Manila. He also leaves his grandparents, Johnny and Melba Hawkins of Leachville and Mike and Janice Greer of Paragould; two nephews, Taylor Shrable and Tyler Hawkins, two nieces, Maci Mae Shrable and Destiny Hawkins. He also leaves the mother of his children, Katie Leigh Rose Hawkins, of Monette.

Graveside funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, at Manila Cemetery with Rev. David Beigle and Jerry Shrable officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila. Following State of Arkansas guidelines social distancing will be required at all times. 

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the John Eric Hawkins Memorial Account set up for his children at Centennial Bank, P.O. Box 750, Monette, AR 72447. 

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