Eugene Corbett Hawley, at the blessed age of 85 years old, departed his earthly home and entered his heavenly home on Jan. 15, 2022. Although his health had been declining over the past few years, he peacefully left this earth, holding the hands of his beloved wife, Lexzine.
Eugene was preceded in death by his mother, Murlene Moore Hawley; his father, Murray B Hawley; and both brothers, Forrest Lee and Elton Gale Hawley.
Eugene was born April 24, 1936, to Murray B. and Murlene of Sampson County, where he lived his entire life in the Plain View community. Eugene was blessed with an older sister, Marjorie, and two younger brothers, Forrest Lee and Elton Gale. Murlene was a devout Christian woman who attended Lee’s Chapel Church and led Eugene at a young age to the church as well. Later in life, Eugene served his church in various roles — Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, Building and Grounds Chair and Committee, Youth Song Director and President of Sunday School class. Eugene had recently been celebrated for his 85th birthday at the church.
Eugene had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. He demonstrated his love of Christ by singing in the church choir, and in two southern gospel groups. With the Gospeltones and later with the Dixie Travelers, Eugene sang for 30 years, traveling around to various churches and venues. Those years of singing were a highlight to his life as he often expressed.
Eugene loved only one special woman and shared his life with that woman, Lexzine Denning Hawley, for 65 years. They met in their late teens while both worked at the Piggly Wiggly in Dunn. They were blessed with a daughter, Aprel; and son, Charles. Eugene was self-employed and sold Tom’s snacks for 18 years, and later worked with Wayne Oil Company, Alfred Williams and the City of Dunn Housing Dept. He was incredibly smart, was a steadfast worker and provider for his family. Even in the end, Eugene was clear of mind and spoke of his love for his God and his family. Eugene served his country as a National Guardsman.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Lexzine Denning Hawley of the home; daughter, Aprel and husband David Gandy of Clinton; son, Charles and Mary Hawley of Dunn; grandchildren, Morgan and Marisa Buonpane of Wilmington, Dillon and Jordan Hawley of Dunn; step-grandchildren, Harley Mayes and Kendall McLamb of Dunn, and Savana Gandy of Auburn, Alabama; sister, Marjorie Adcock of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Jean Taylor, Betty Hawley and Brenda Hawley; nieces and nephews, Windie Cronrath, David Tart, Anita Brillant, Vicky Massey, Heidi Cline, Leigh Ann Haertel, Beverly Taylor, Ronnie Taylor, Glen Fipps, Rhonda Rios, Perry Hawley, Brian Hawley, Ashley Lee, Denny Lee; and many other extended and loved family members and close friends and neighbors.
A celebration of life for Eugene will be held at Lee’s Chapel OFWB Church at 4948 Plain View Hwy, Dunn, on Jan. 18, 2022. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Lee’s Chapel Williford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials for Eugene may be made to: Lee’s Chapel OFWB Church at 4948 Plain View Hwy., Dunn, NC 28334.
Arrangements are by Skinner & Smith Funeral Home in Dunn.