Mary "EvaLee" (Hughes) Hawkins, 89, of Russellville, died Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Russellville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The daughter of Jessie and Edna Lucille (Martin) Hughes, she was born November 28, 1930, in London, AR. She operated a popular restaurant across from the Pope County Courthouse in downtown Russellville until it closed. She and her husband were also long-time members of the Little Rock Home Builders Association, raising funds for charity organizations and doing projects that benefited the community.
Mary was a member of the Russellville First Baptist Church and the Berean Sunday School Class. In earlier years she was involved in the music ministry of her church, singing in the choir and performing in special church music programs. She enjoyed crafts, selling her creations in craft shows, doing ceramics, and woodworking.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Hawkins; her parents; two step daughters, Cindy & Billie Hawkins; and a grandson, Joshua Orr. She is survived by her two daughters: Sandy Pugh (Tim) of Russellville; and Sharon Orr of Burleson, TX; five grandchildren: Jennifer Gardner, David Pugh, Jacob Orr, Michael Page and Alena Martinez; and four great grandchildren: Grace Gardner, Drew Gardner, Bannock Orr and Jadi Orr.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 10:00 AM in Humphrey Chapel. Rev. Greg Sykes will officiate. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be 9:30 to 10:00 AM, prior to the service. Memorials may be made to: Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway Ste-3, Russellville, AR 72802. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
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