Samuel Hawkins IV
Samuel Edward “Eddie” Hawkins IV, beloved father of Riley Ethan Brown, beloved son of Dr. Samuel Edward Hawkins III and Katherine Kissh Hawkins, loving brother to Tessa Mary Hawkins and Samantha Diane Hawkins, passed from this life on May 24, 2018. In his short 22 years and 9 months, Eddie (also known to some of his coworkers as “Sam”) experienced more life events than most of us will in four-score years. Born on August 8, 1995 at Howard County General Hospital, he was fourth in a generation to bear the name Samuel Edward Hawkins. His grandfather, Samuel Edward Hawkins Jr., was overjoyed at the birth of his namesake.
As a small child, he was so independently minded, the simplest tasks for most parents became challenges. One memory was hearing peculiar sounds in the entrance foyer, “Bang, Bang, Pop!” Upon investigating, his father found Eddie throwing his shoes at the hallway light fixture, each time he missed the shoe would bang to floor. Eventually, he would strike a bulb and it would pop and go out. When questioned about his mischievous behavior, he simply responded he liked having fun.
Eddie was an amazing individual with an incredible intellect and physical prowess. As a child in elementary school, he was chided for misbehaving, but when questioned on the lesson of that day, he was able to report back every detail. He was tested to show the rare trait of near perfect auditory recall. That proved a handicap as he entered his middle and high school years, because the important skill of learning as opposed to rote memorization had not been fully developed.
Eddie always lived in the fast lane and adopted the moniker “Fast Eddie” in middle school. Throughout his middle school years, he was an accomplished skater (skateboard), musician (guitar), swimmer, camper, and boxer. In his late middle school/early high school years, his experimentation in drugs and alcohol would prove to haunt him throughout his life. In an act of love by his family to help him with his addictions, Eddie spent over a year away from home in a wilderness program. He lived with nature, learned to start a fire from nothing more than string made from the bark of a tree and a bow. After his wilderness experience, he attended Baltimore Lutheran School (now Concordia Prep) where he met Amy Brown, the mother-to-be of his son. Eddie transferred to Centennial High School for his senior year, from which he received a High School Diploma.
Eddie worked in numerous food-service roles, and most recently earned a position as a waiter at the fine dining establishment, The Kings Contrivance. He brought home stories about learning the fine dining trade such as the proper way to use a table crumber, how to pair wines and foods, and the proper presentation to correctly pour wine into the appropriate glass!
Perhaps one of the biggest impacts in his life was when he was hired as a technician for B&B Air Conditioning and Heating. B&B gave him a fresh start — even with his past run-ins with the law. Eddie was honing his academic skill while at B&B where he was taking courses 1-2 days per week, and running calls on his own. That opportunity changed his life, and for over 18 months Eddie was clean, sober, and everyone who knew him had the privilege to watch him grow into a confident, beautiful, strong man.
During this wonderful period in Eddie’s life, he grew personally, spiritually, and physically. He took on leadership roles in Alcoholics Anonymous and shared his personal testimony as a guest speaker at many meetings. During this time, Eddie’s relationships with his family and especially his father, blossomed. Eddie, his mom, and his dad regularly went to the gym together, and he and his dad played on the same softball team. Just this year Eddie hit his first over-the-fence home run. He played softball the day before he died. He was brought up in a strong Christian household, and although he professed a healthy skepticism regarding religion, we are comforted in the knowledge that our God is a loving and merciful God, and we all look forward to the opportunity to see him again in Heaven.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alano Club at http://thealanoclub.org/keeping-the-lights-on-it-is-not-just-a-metaphor/