Artrell “Jimmy” Hawkins Sr.
Sunrise: October 19, 1956
Sunset: September 17, 2020
Artrell “Jimmy” Hawkins Sr., 63, passed away at Conemaugh Hospital. He was preceded in death by his mother Sarell Hawkins-Hall, son Adam Eichensehr and daughter Lucia Young. He is survived by his children Melony Shabazz, married to Khaleem, Alicia Hawkins, Artrell Hawkins, Ayneka Hawkins-Henry, Andrew Hawkins, married to Markisha, Alicen Eichensehr and Asia Zwick; brother Ray Hawkins Sr. and sisters Janet Hawkins-Hoffman and Celeste Hall, married to Maulangi; Aunt Olivia Rowe; former wife Aletha Haselrig-Jones; best friend Ricky Britt; 19 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Artrell better known as “Hawk”, was an outstanding athlete and a Johnstown football legend to many. He began his extensive football career as a member of the Johnstown Trojans in 1973. He finished his career with a record 3,552 rushing yards; a record that stood for 30 years. He was recognized by the WPIAL and Big 33 All-Star teams and was a two-time class AAA all-state selection. He was recently selected for induction into the Trojan’s inaugural Ring of Honor. He was also a successful track and wrestling athlete. He played a season at Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas before lettering three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. Following his collegiate career he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His off the field issues prevented him from reaching his full potential as a player, however his football legacy lives on; Artrell and Andrew both had successful careers in the NFL. Adam was a record breaking and all-State Wide receiver and before a knee injury derailed his career, was one of the top college prospects in the state of Florida. Avery, after his college playing days at California (PA), has held several different coaching positions at the collegiate level. His grandson Aeneas is currently a member of the Penn State football team. Artrell was the original Hawk. #FamilyBuisness. He struggled with addiction much of his life however in recent years his resolve to overcome these struggles drew him closer to God. He was an active churchgoer and became a proud member of the Redeemed Men of God gospel choir. He was a certified Foodie as he loved to both eat and cook. His specialties were spaghetti and lasagne. Music was a constant presence in his life. He could be found dancing and singing off-key at any time and instilled a love of music into his children that persists to this day. Artrell never met a stranger and always greeted everyone with a dazzling smile. Playful and charming, he won many people over with his sense of humor. His love for his family was undeniable and his greatest source of pride was his children and grandchildren. Known for his signature phrase “The Hawk is back!”, Artrell wanted everyone to know: “Don’t worry ‘bout the Hawk, the Hawk gonna be alright.”
Services will be on Saturday September 26th, from 10 AM until time of his Homegoing Service at Noon at Shiloh Baptist Church. Rev. Theodore Tisinger officiating.
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