Thomas Alva "Alvie" Hawkins

Teacher, Coach

Thomas Alva “Alvie” Hawkins was born May 1, 1925 to Lee and Zella Hawkins in Olustee, Oklahoma. Alva was called home to the Lord on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the age of 88, surrounded by his wife and children.
Alva was raised and attended school in Weatherford, Oklahoma and graduated from Weatherford High School in 1947. In 1943, Alva was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in the South Pacific for over two years as an Infantryman. After the war ended, he was sent to Japan for eighteen months and put in charge of Battalion Sports. After his honorable service to his country, he returned to Weatherford and married his high school sweetheart Merna Faye True, in 1947. He took advantage of the G.I. Bill by attending Southwestern State Teachers College in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He played on the Collegiate Conference Championship Football Team of 1950 and earned a Bachelor’s of Education degree in 1951, followed by a Masters of Education in 1962.

He taught in Magnum, Oklahoma from 1951-1961 and eventually settled in Coolidge, Arizona in 1961. He taught and coached in Coolidge for over 28 years. He coached back to back football state championships in 1967 and 1968 with a 23 game winning streak and one track state championship in 1967. In1968 he was selected as the 1967 Class “A” All–Star football coach and awarded with Class “A” South Coach of the Year honors for the 1968 and 1971 football seasons. While with the Tucson Conquistadors, Alva was granted the Team of the Year award in 1969. Alva was an active member in the community and a lifetime member of the Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge, Lions Club, American Legion Post 54 and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3713.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Merna Hawkins; his son, Curtis Hawkins and wife Lynda Hawkins of Kanab, Utah; his son, Kent Hawkins and wife Charlene Hawkins of Gilbert, Arizona. His son, Steve Hawkins of Casa Grande, Arizona; his daughter, Dana Hoover and her husband Terry Hoover of Coolidge, Arizona; his two brothers, Odell Hawkins of Nashville, Tennessee and Jerry Hawkins of Weatherford, Oklahoma. Alva and Merna have 12 wonderful grandchildren and 35 beautiful great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, his parents, brothers and sisters.

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