Collier Grant Hawkins, age 82, of Red Boiling Springs, TN passed away Monday evening, August 16, 2010 at the Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, TN. Funeral Services for Collier Grant Hawkins were conducted Friday afternoon, August 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Red Boiling Springs, TN with Elder Tom Brito officiating. Interment followed in the Whitley Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Dunaway, Sam Pomeroy, Tommy Hawkins, Charles Hawkins, Mitchell Barfield, Doyle Smith, Bryan Hawkins and Tony Hawkins.
Collier was born Sunday, November 27, 1927 in Macon County, Tennessee, one of four siblings born to the late Eugene and Alta Lyons Hawkins. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Lucille Brown and Hazel Martin, and brother, J.R. Hawkins. On September 19, 2009, he married the former Nadine Richardson Dunaway, who survives. He attended Red Boiling Springs High School and graduated in 1947. He was an integral part of the 1947 Bulldog Team that had a perfect regular season and rolled to a 28-0 record before losing in the state tournament. He was a center on the team and an excellent rebounder. He was the key person in the Bulldog’s transition game. Defense was the strength of the team and he was a very intense player. At 6’2” he controlled 53 out of 56 jump balls attempts and the tip possession was a major part of the offense to score a lot of easy baskets. Out of high school he played on the R.B.S. American Legion Independent Basketball Team and the Macon Hot Shots Independent Basketball Team. His team play, his intensity and his passion for the game provided a fertile foundation for his lifetime caring for others. On May 31, 2003, Collier was inducted into the Macon County Sports Hall of Fame and on December 15, 2006, he was inducted into the R. B. S. High School Hall of Fame. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Lighthouse Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lafayette where he helped start. Collier was a cabinet and furniture maker.
Survivors besides his wife, Nadine include: step-daughter, Kathy Law, step-sons, Dan Dunaway and wife, Candice, David Dunaway all of Lafayette, step-grandchildren, Leslie Locke, Laura Hackett, Ben and Andrew Glen Dunaway, step-great-granddaughter, Ashley Taylor Hackett, nieces and nephews, Charles Neil Martin, Thomas Clarence Martin, Carolyn Martin Lawson all of Leapers Fork, TN, Martha Lynn Brown, Hendersonville, NC and Ray Daniel Brown, Jr., Napa, CA.