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Kenneth Hawkins
  • August 11, 1942
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  • March 11, 2021

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Kenneth R. Hawkins Sr., 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Heritage Park Care and Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton, Florida.

​Ken was born on August 11, 1942, to Weldon and Myrtle Hawkins in Avon Park, Florida. After graduating from Fort Myers High School in 1960, he went to work for the Hawkins flower farm. He also was a deputy sheriff in Collier County.

​Ken was a lifelong gladiolus farmer, spending most of his career with Manatee Fruit Company of Palmetto, Florida as farm manager. It brought him great joy to know that the beautiful flowers he grew and shared with the world helped ease sorrow, celebrate special occasions and create many special memories for anyone who was lucky enough to receive them.

​Ken is survived by two sons, Keith Hawkins (wife Tina) and Kevin Hawkins (wife Laura); a daughter-in-law, Linda Hawkins; seven grandchildren, Dylan Hawkins, Zachary Hawkins, Sarah Hawkins, Shelby Hawkins, Paul Hawkins, Justin Hawkins and Avril Hawkins and a sister, Evelyn Berry. He was preceded in death by one son, Kenny Hawkins Jr.

​The family would like to extend a special thank you to Larry and Ruth Covins (formerly Ruth Hawkins) for their love and support throughout this trying time.

​Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at baldwincremation.com.


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  1. 22 Mar 2021
    Karen Weiser says:
    Sorry for your loss. I was Ken's neighbor for over 30 yrs. He will be missed.

  2. 17 Mar 2021
    David Knickerbocker says:
    Dear Hawkins Family.....I was also a deputy for Collier County while Ken worked there. He was a fun loving guy that also knew how to handle situations that needed tending to. I used to ride with him when I first started with CCSO, and he taught me a lot about enforcing the law, and investigating crimes. His badge number was #145, and he and I became friends until he left to move on to a different course of work. I have fond memories of him and the things he taught me. May he rest in peace. David Knickerbocker badge # 153.

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