Dorothy Hawkins


Dorothy Ann Clayton Hawkins, 74, a resident of Cleveland, went to be with her Lord one day after her birthday, on Friday, June 14, 2019.

She was born on June 13, 1945, by the late Robin Lee Smith and Betty Inez Smith.

She lost a tough fought battle of pancreatic cancer with determination until the very end. Struggling to stay with her family, whom she loved very much, she passed away at her grandson’s home in Knoxville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee and Betty Inez Smith; her brothers: George Harold Smith and William Lee Smith; sisters: Betty Sue Dunn and Carolyn Jeanette Morgan; also a niece, Gale Nolan Burns; and a previous husband, Wallace Clayton.

She leaves behind to Celebrate Her Life her and memory, her husband, J.W. Hawkins; daughter, Lisa Clark Rayfield (Perry); stepdaughters: Betty James, Deloris Watson (Amos), and Deborah Gaston Armstrong (Joseph); stepsons: Jerry Hawkins (Sandy), Jeff Hawkins (Teresa), James Hawkins and Johnny Hawkins; grandchildren: Bradley Rayfield (Aimee), Matthew Rayfield and Crystal Rayfield; great-grandchildren: Hayden Phelps, Landon Rayfield and Harper Phelps; and many nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren; as well as many dear friends.

She loved country music, riding in the mountains, listening to the ocean and playing in the snow. She received great happiness spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who knew her as Nanny. She was known as Dot, Momma, Nanny, or Sam.

She fought a tough battle until the very last day of her life. She didn't want to leave her family, and didn't want anyone else to go through the pain she did so she donated her body to science in a hope to help future generations. Therefore the family has decided to not have a public memorial service.

"We are consoled knowing she is now in heaven living a pain-free life as she was in pain most of her life. She was loved by many and will be missed greatly, but she will live forever in our hearts. 

 “Remember me as you pass by,

As you are now, so once was I.

As I am now, so you must

Prepare for death and follow me.”

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make your donations to The National Pancreas Foundation.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Dorothy, and/or your personal condolences with her family, by visiting her memorial web page and guestbook at

Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Hawkins family with these arrangements. 


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