December 17 1944 May 27 2020
(The public is invited to pay their respects during the two-hour visitation for Mr. Hawkins. A mask will be required for entry for visitation and the private service, which is reserved for the immediate family and designated friends. Lawrence Charles Hawkins, Jr. was born December 17, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio to parents Lawrence Charles Hawkins, Sr. and Madora Earline Thompson Hawkins. Lawrence, who was affectionately called “Lonnie,” was the elder of two sons. Lonnie graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1962 after participating in basketball,baseball, fencing, and band; then attended and graduated from The University of Cincinnati in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Psychology. While at UC, he joined the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp. After graduation, he headed to his first Air Force assignment, which was pilot training at Reece Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. After six months of flight school, and his grandmother AZ praying him out of the sky so he would not have to go to Viet Nam, he was transferred to Wichita, Kansas where he served as Supply Operations Officer at McConnell Air Force Base for four years. In June 1971, he was honorably discharged as Captain and returned to Cincinnati to begin his career at Procter & Gamble as a Buyer, rising to Director of Global Contract Manufacturing, retiring in 2000. Also in 1971 he began studies at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, received his Juris Doctorate, and was admitted to the bar in November 1975. He went into private practice at Hawkins & Ludwig, LLC Attorneys at Law, handling personal injury, wills and probate, and domestic relations cases. Lonnie wandered into Yoseikan Karate School in Covington, Kentucky when he was in college, mainly curious, but fell in love. He became a licensed instructor and opened his own dojo, Yoseikan II Karate School in 1972 and ultimately achieved the rank of eighth- degree black belt. He was able to combine his love for law and karate into one building, also creating a space for his son Lawrence III and daughter Lauren to practice both the sport of Chito-Ryu karate and the craft of Law. Lonnie was a devoted servant leader of church his entire life. In elementary school his family attended First Baptist Church in Walnut Hills, then moved to Gaines United Methodist Church in Madisonville, where he was president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship as a youth, and served on the Board of Trustees, Pastor Parish Relations Committee, and Trustee of the Gaines Memorial Endowment Fund as an adult. In later years, he transferred his membership to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery. He began playing the trumpet while in elementary school, playing for church recitals, in the Walnut Hills High School band, and while in ROTC, frequently playing “Taps” for military holiday programs. It’s been told that as a child he once showed up for a recital at First Baptist, but had forgotten the key to his trumpet case, thus missing his opportunity to perform, at the chagrin of his parents. Missing opportunities to perform sparked the gathering of friends and the formation of a big band concept called “Under Cover” in 1995. Under Cover performed at nursing homes and church events, often gratis because they just loved playing. Lonnie’s community service included his membership in the Boule Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Wesley Child Care Center Board, Walnut Hills High School Alumni Associate Trustee, Kids Helping Kids Board, Dohn Community High School Board, CASA volunteer and Board President of ProKids – to name just a few of his many community contributions. Lonnie had a keen sense of humor, an erudite vocabulary, and was always the life of the party. He was loquacious, dignified, and impactful. He delighted in coaching others to become their best self. To say he was smart is an understatement. There wasn’t much he didn’t know, including a penchant for languages. His wit was quick and pointed and left others speechless. One of his favorite retorts was, “You have to admit that it was ‘objectively’ funny!” He generously gave to others and delighted in finding the perfect gift. He evolved from being a stay at home guy, to loving travel to beautiful beach locales. One of his nieces describes him as “a wonderful man!” He enjoyed family gatherings and sumptuous meals. Fine dining was an art and a science. He will be greatly missed but his influence will live forever. Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Sr. and Earline and his brother Wendell. Lonnie leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Jane of thirty-two years; their daughter Lauren, son Lawrence (Nicole) from his first marriage to Lillian; Grandchildren, Leah and Lawrence IV, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and a community of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the ERS Foundation: Center of Memory Support & Inclusion, 3870 Virginia, Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 or to ProKids, 2605 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Lawrence Charles Hawkins Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Lawrence Charles Hawkins Jr December 17 1944 May 27 2020.
Death notice for the town of: Cincinnati, state: Ohio