Bert skillfully practiced his trade at the family home on Greathouse Street. In 1956, he built a new facility on Stevens Street where the family operated until moving to its present location in June 2003. Bert's son, Bobby Hawkins, went to work with his father after graduating from mortuary school in 1961. Bert, Bobby and Thomas worked side-by-side for 21 years until Bert's death in 1982, when Bobby stepped in to continue caring for the people of this community. Bobby's son, Rob Hawkins, representing the fourth generation, joined his father and grandfather in 1980 and graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1981.
In 1987, the Hawkins family purchased the funeral home in Boyd. The Boyd location, Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home, gives residents a full service funeral home in their community.
Bobby's youngest son, Brant Hawkins, also a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, began his career with the family firm in 1989. Upon Bobby's death in 1995, brothers Rob and Brant began working together to offer the finest service and care available anywhere.
The year 1995 brought several changes, one being the addition of Roy and Georgia Morris to the staff. Before Bobby’s death, he saw Roy at a funeral and said, “I hear you’re retired. Come go to work for me, you’ll be wearing out my carpet anyway.” A few of months later Roy showed up, and with the help of his wife Georgia, they have made the term “encouragement” take on a whole new meaning. Both Roy and Georgia were a part of the funeral home for 17 years before retiring in 2012.
In 1998, at age 15, Jorge DeLuna began working for the Hawkins family while attending Bridgeport High School washing cars for us. Now he has an office in our new facility in Bridgeport while he serves his apprenticeship. He’s also been an exceptional asset since he is bilingual,” Brant explains.
n 2004, Jorge graduated Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Jorge started and in that same year, the Rev. Gary Sessions began assisting Rob and Brant. “Gary showed us how important it was to give of ourselves,” said Rob. In 2004, after 8 years with the firm, Gary decided to expand his ministry and test his resolve by attending and graduating Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, as well as earning his funeral director’s license.
Trey Hawkins, Rob's oldest son, joined the staff full time when he graduated from mortuary college in May of 2005. Trey is the fifth generation of the Hawkins family to work in funeral service in Wise County.
In February 2007, Hawkins acquired Coker Funeral Home. With that announcement came a commitment to continue the many years of dedicated service to the community by the Coker family. An integral part of that commitment was that Chet Niblett, a 28 year staff member, would continue his leadership position along with Ted Lewis, Margaret Anderson, Don and Earlene Niblett and Shirley White.
In addition, Trey Hawkins and his family moved to Decatur and made their home in what had been the Coker family home next to the funeral home.
In 2013, long time Wise County resident and native of Alvord, Kerry Clower, has joined the Hawkins family to help assist with services. Kerry is known for his time as piano player in the gospel singing group, The Glory Express and a retired bank officer.
The Hawkins family and their staff make themselves available 24 hours a day at any of their 3 locations.