Vernon Hawkins, 82, a resident of Morgan City and a native of Washington, D.C., died Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 4:45 p.m., at his residence.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 20 at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, from 9 a.m. until funeral at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in the Morgan City Mausoleum.

The East St. Mary Veteran Funeral Squad will perform at graveside.

He attended Armstrong High School and after graduation, he studied Architectural Engineering at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

He proudly served our country in the Army during World War II. He received the World War II Victory and Army of Occupation of Japan Medals. Vernon held a life membership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #3263 of Mystic, Connecticut. He was also a member of American Legion Post #589 of Patterson.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, three sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

Vernon is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia Banks Hawkins; two daughters, Vicki and her husband, Michael Jones Sr. of Chevy Chase, Maryland and Valerie Hawkins of Silver Spring, Maryland; one grandson, Michael Jones Jr.; one granddaughter, Jocelyn Magsumbol; one sister, Virginia Eggleston of Lanham, Maryland; two sisters-in-law, Betty Jacquet of Morgan City, and Marva and her husband, Whitney Madise, of Berwick. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Jones Funeral Home of Morgan City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit to send condolences to the family.

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