Robert Echols HawkinsJuly 30th, 2020
Robert Echols Hawkins, 82, of Kane'ohe, Hawaii and Prospect, Ky., passed peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Born to James and Marie Hawkins in Jefferson City, Mo. on September 1, 1937, Bob was graduated from Jefferson High School and the University of Missouri, was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, and served in the National Guard. Bob married Betsy (née Elizabeth Lee Cartland) in 1962. During a honeymoon stopover at Louisville's Brown Hotel they saw President Kennedy, who was also staying there. The couple regularly celebrated anniversaries at its English Grill. Bob is survived by his wife, Betsy; sisters, Cynthia Sullivan (Jefferson City), Suellen Wigen (Seattle); son, Rob Hawkins (Maria); daughter, Courtney Carpenter (Alan) as well as grandchildren, Henry, Will and Thomas Hawkins, and Calvin, Cole and Kamaile Carpenter. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Carolyn Arnold (Kansas City). Bob enjoyed a successful career in banking. He joined Continental Illinois (BofA), a national leader in construction lending in the 1960s. He financed skyscrapers that make up Chicago's skyline including the Sears Tower. Recruited to First National Bank of Louisville (PNC) in 1972, he held various lending positions and retired as its Exec. Vice Pres. Chief Credit Officer. Bob lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Jefferson City High. He regularly trekked to Sportsman's Park with his father to see Stan Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals. Later, he and Betsy made annual trips with friends and family to Cardinals baseball and Tigers football games. Bob was an avid golfer and tennis player and on occasion he was able to outscore Betsy. For 40 years, Bob and Betsy toured the world. Known for his quick wit and warm sense of humor, an increasing number of friends and family joined them on tours, safaris and voyages. Safari guides dubbed him "Bobu", which he claimed was Swahili for "wise elder", and he remained Bobu to his grandchildren thereafter. Bob reached out monthly to relatives, colleagues, golf buddies, fraternity brothers and grade school friends, up to the end. Bob's family expects to announce an event honoring Bob next year, when establishments can re-open in full. In lieu of flowers, a gift to Dare to Care Food Bank (donate.daretocare.org) is advocated.