Melvin Clyde Hawkins

Melvin Clyde Hawkins

September 23, 1919 - January 30, 2009

Melvin Clyde Hawkins

September 23, 1919 - January 30, 2009


Hawkins, Melvin Clyde (Joe Zilch), 89, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Catharine Ryman Hawkins, and is survived by his children, M. Eugene Hawkins (Dawn), Marion H. Bryant (Vernon), Claire H. Spicer (Dick), Richard R. Hawkins; granddaughters, Emily, Rebecca, and Jessica Hawkins, Meredith Bryant, Cameron, and Dillon Spicer; brother, Edwin Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins attended Richmond Public School and is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII, where he served as a commissioned officer and was honorably discharged as a Lt. Communications Officer in August 1946. He received the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. He served his tour of duty at Naval Air Stations in the U.S. and North Africa. Mr. Hawkins was a retiree of Reynolds Metals Company, where he worked as a plant chemist, metallurgical chemist, and lubrication engineer. The last 16 years at Reynolds, he worked in the Can Division as a Division Process Engineer and Division Lubrication Engineer. In his various roles, he traveled extensively within the U.S. and internationally to Reynolds facilities. He retired in 1982. Mr. Hawkins was a Past-Master of Manchester Lodge #14, the Scottish Rite, and the Acca Temple Shrine, past commander of American Legion Post #137. He was a railroad enthusiast and a volunteer at Railroad Museum of the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. He is a former Boy Scout and Scout leader and past president of the Manchester Gang and So-Ki Club. He was a life-long member of Asbury Memorial UMC, where he taught Sunday School. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and knack for playing practical jokes. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm Monday, February 2, 2009, followed by a Masonic Memorial Service at 8 pm at the Morrissett Funeral Home, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte. 10). His funeral service will be 2 pm Tuesday at the Asbury Memorial UMC. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Asbury Memorial UMC, 7151

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1 responses to Melvin Clyde Hawkins

  1. I had the great pleasure of working with Clyde at RMCo, MRL, 4th & Canal for many years beginning in 1953. It was a great place to work because of the quality of our coworkers such as Clyde. We worked closely on thermal reduction and the aluminum engine projects. We were in an small enough lab so that even when not on the same project we’d get to chat very briefly almost every week. Clyde was always very positive and a valued friend. Only one problem. I think he was the one who brought mumps from a child to the lab. I got the mumps very shortly after being married – that wasn’t funny until later on.
    Clyde will be missed by all who knew him, especially by all of us who knew him at MRD. Sincere condolences to all the family for the loss of his presence. God bless, comfort and protect you. Duke

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