Time to celebrate!
Today, January 7, 2011, is a very special day.
It is J-Day. No, J does not stand for January.
It stands for J Hawkins. Not me, but my father, JV Hawkins, and grandfather, JD Hawkins.
James Dillard Hawkins was born on January 7, 1899. JV Hawkins was born on January 7, 1933.
Today Daddy is 78, and Daddy Hawkins would be 112.
My father was the sixth of nine children.
Lily and Dillard had 5 girls before JV was born and three boys after he was born.
JV was the first boy in the family and born on his daddy’s 34th birthday.
I bet everybody in his family was grinning on this day 78 years ago.
Happy Birthday, Daddy.
Happy Birthday, Daddy Hawkins.
Daddy Hawkins and Momma Hawkins otherwise known as
J Dillard Hawkins and Lily Gentry Hawkins
21 year old JV overlooking Paris from the Eiffel Tower.
(Taken during his army tour of duty when he was based in Germany.)
Bettye Jean Parson and JV Hawkins on their wedding day
May 19, 1956
JV and Bettye with kids; Carol Scott, Cynthia Wells, Grant Hawkins, Jayne Williams, and Judy Fye.
Birth order was Cindy, Carol, Jayne, Judy, and Grant.
ps. Grant wasn’t born on his Daddy’s birthday, but he was the 5th child, born after 4 sisters.
I know everybody was grinning on the day he was born, too.
Don’t you think he looks a lot like his dad and granddad?