Don Hawkins

February 25, 1937 ~ October 30, 2023

Born in: St, Louis, MO
Resided in: Bonne Terre, MO

Donald E. Hawkins, Sr. 86, of Bonne Terre passed away October 30, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in St. Louis, MO on February 25, 1937 to the late Rollin Guy and Sarah (Huskey) Hawkins. Don had began his 70 year career in the grocery business as a teenager working for National Food Stores in St. Louis and later for General Grocers. He went on to own several grocery stores including MoHawk Food Store, Don Hawk Food Store and was partial owner of six Save A Lot Grocery Stores with his family. He also owned multiple apartment complexes in the St. Francois County area with his wife and children. Don was very active in the Bonne Terre Community having been a member of the Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bonne Terre Rotary and was a founding member of the Mineral Area College Foundation Board. He actively supported many local programs in Bonne Terre and surrounding areas. He enjoyed hearing about the accomplishments of local youth, especially of those who had worked for him in the grocery stores. He loved traveling and boating, spending a lot of time with family and friends at Lake of the Ozarks, MO and Bonita Springs, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Robert Hawkins; sister, Patricia Bellamy and her husband Don; brother in-law, Charlie “Eddie” Mercille; and their 16-year fury companion, Baylea Girl.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Alice “Midge” (Mercille) Hawkins; three daughters, Diane Schnable and husband Fred, Debbie Copeland and Carl Autry, Donna Jean Weber and husband Wayne; four sons, Donnie Hawkins and wife Laurie, Dale Hawkins and wife Jan, David Hawkins and wife Tracy, Talbot Pratt and wife Nadia. He was the proud grandfather of sixteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; in-laws Julie Hawkins, Verna Mercille, Jeannie and Del Pratt, Debbie and Virgil Boyer; many special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be no visitation, but a special mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bonne Terre, MO on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:00 AM, with Father John Schneider officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the American Heart Association, if so desired.


Funeral Mass: Friday, November 3, 2023
11:00 am

St. Jospeh Catholic Church
15 St. Jospeh St.
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Don Hawkins 's name.

American Heart Association

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  1. Don, thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for you and be part of the Don Hawk family. You were an awesome person and I am glad to call my friend. You were well liked and loved by many and will be deeply missed. This community might of lost a great man but God just gained one.

  2. Candle 2A very special man who will live on through his beautiful children and grand children. Prayers to the Hawkins family.

  3. Candle 2Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I worked for him when he had Don Hawks Supermarket. One of the sincerely nicest people I ever met. Prayers for the family

  4. Candle 2Don Hawkins will truly be missed. In addition to being a sweet and extraordinarily wonderful family man, he was loved and revered by everyone who knew him . . . as is the entire Hawkins family. He was a Bonne Terre and St. Francois County icon and a mentor to so many. He was kind, helpful, and generous to a plethora of organizations and charities–his positive impact is immeasurable. Bill and I are keeping all of his beloved family on our hearts and in our prayers. Love and Hugs to all.

  5. So sorry for your loss Midge! He was a good man and very kind to my son Danny, when the boys were younger. What always amazed me is He never forgot a name. I know he had been I’ll for quite sometime and at least he is at peace. You have many fond memories and experiences to help you through this. I will not be able to attend Fri. but message me if you need anything. God bless you and the family.
    Sandy Archer

  6. So sorry to hear this. Don was a great guy and always friendly. He will definitely be missed in our community.

  7. Candle 5Midge & family, u all have my deepest sympathy. Don was a special man to so many people. He always treated me as family, and that’s the way I felt of him. He always welcomed us on the 4th of July and u both opened, not only ur beautiful home, but your hearts to all your family and many friends. He worked hard to accomplish his goals in life. I never saw or heard him down grade anyone who may not of reached their goals, he treated everyone with respect and dignity. May our God bless your family, prayers your way. Fly high my friend, you will be missed!!

  8. Candle 8I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Don, I have always consider him like family over friend . He always had a smile to offer with his opinion , it was a part of the way we communicated . It was all in fun , even if we acted like we were serious about the topic . I truly love this family , and I m praying for all of them . I’m out of town til the 5th , therefore can not make it there in person , however I will be there in my heart and will connect with you Midge soon . Much love to all of you .
    It was a privilege to know him and have him in my life.
    Angie Buckley Turner

  9. Fondly remember the time shared on the Chamber of Commerce. Always, had the community of Bonne Terre front and center.
    Sincere condolences to the entire family.

    Rose (Ottinger) Schwend

  10. Candle 2Sorry for your loss to the family. He was a well known man and very kind n nice person. Known him when I was in school and lived in Dittmer and went to Hillsboro High School to. Went to MoHawk with my family. Thank you you will be missed.🙏❤️

  11. Candle 2So sorry for your loss. Don was a legend in the community and beloved by many. He was very generous with his time and contributions in the area and we will miss him very much. Our sympathies are with the family and our prayers are with you all.

  12. So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was always so nice to Matt and I, as well as giving our son, Chase, his first job through BT savalot….Don was definitely a great leader in the BT community. Prayers for the whole family and friends during this difficult time.

    • I was so sorry to hear of Don’s death. I still remember where I was the first time I saw and met Don. It was at the IGA in Otto, in the early 60’s. I was in sales for 50 years, and met so many nice people during that time. Don Hawkins was my all time favorite customer. He was unique. He was so proud of his Family. They take after him.

  13. So very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was such a light in this community as is all of his family. Our prayers go out to Midge and all of his family.

  14. Don gave myself and some of my brothers our first jobs. He taught us the value of hard work, integrity, and caring and commitment to the guests and for each other. I moved away at 18 but when I would come back to visit, I was sometimes able to catch up with him. He always loved hearing about our successes to which I attributed to what I learned from him as a business owner. I try and run my businesses the same way he did. Proverbs 22:1 ~ A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

  15. Very sorry to learn of Don’s death. He was a long time friend to my parents and me. None finer than Don. He was civic minded, honest, dependable and did much for the city of Bonne Terre. Always there with a smile, handshake, kind words and respected by all who knew him. My sympathies to Diane and Donna Jean, who I know and to all the rest of his surviving family. We have lost a very good man!

  16. Candle 4Midge
    So sorry to hear of Dons passing… I think of you often and have always been proud to have worked the Relay for Life for years with your Save A Lot team and you as well . Some of Bonne Terres finest. Hugs and prayers to you and yours

  17. So sorry to hear of Dons passing. He was a good friend and neighbor. We were not able to attend on Friday but will keep the family in our prayers

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