Horace Livingston Hawes, Jr.

April 1, 1938 - November 26, 2022
Horace Livingston Hawes, Jr.

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Horace Livingston Hawes Jr. of Leland, NC was born on April 1,1938 to the late Horace and Irene Hawes, Sr. of Wallace, NC. He passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Horace loved people. His relationship with Jesus caused him to focus his life on loving and serving others. He was a pastor, social worker, nursing home administrator, friend, husband, father and an Opa to his three grandchildren.

Horace graduated from New Hanover High School, Mars Hill College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Southeastern Seminary.

He pastored at Oak Island Mission Church in Oak Island, NC and his longest pastorate was at Buck Creek Baptist Church in Longs, SC. He was a social worker at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, SC and then worked at Kennedy Children’s Home in Kinston, NC. His nursing home administration lead him to Bethea Baptist in Florence, SC and then to Martha Franks in Laurens, SC. Later in life, he served as Director of Missions at the Wilmington Baptist Association and was a beloved pulpit supply pastor all over the greater Wilmington area.

He met his wife, Mary, while working at Kennedy Home in Kinston, NC. They were married on June 17th, 1973. They have been married for 49 years wonderful years. They have one daughter Kate who lives with her husband and three children in Cary, NC.

He loved to travel with his wife and daughter and always made a new friend or told someone about Jesus on those trips. He was an ambassador everywhere he went.

He remains a beloved man, loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. His legacy will live on in his wife, his daughter, his grandkids, and extended family and all who called him friend. His caring spirit and his love for Jesus impacted many lives and will continue to do so.

Not to us, not to us, but to Your name give glory.

Psalm 115:1

Services will be held at Crosswinds Church in Leland, NC on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11am.

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  • November 30, 2022
    Bobby Varker says:
    What a wonderful family man ,that leaves my family with many fond memories, especially during our youth around his grandmothers. We were so blessed to have Horace when my 104 year old mother died. Mary, and family: Carol and I are here for you. Love Bob & Carol Varker

  • November 29, 2022
    Margaret & Ronnie Britt says:
    This loving, caring servant of God entered my life when my husband & I were caring for his aunt & Horace was a chaplain with Total Care in Myrtle Beach S C—he was so caring & compassionate with her & us —he knew we were going back out of state & said “when you come back to SC, go to Buck Creek Baptist church( he was interim pastor at that time) so when we came back in 2005, I found Buck Creek & have been there ever since—we will miss you, Horace but Heaven has gained your sweet, loving spirit!!

  • November 29, 2022
    Doris C. Johnson says:
    When the milestone is complete the journey ends swiftly .He was loved by many and seeds were planted!Doris C.Johnson

  • November 29, 2022
    Dan Compton says:
    Horace and I were roommates at Mars Hill College, the beginning of a lifelong friendship. We were roommates at Southeastern Seminary, Wake Forest, NC. During visits to my hometown, Greenwood, SC, I introduced Horace to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home where we became coworkers after seminary. 49 years ago I was privileged to officiate the wedding for Horace and Mary in Kinston, NC. Our career ministries intersected again through SC Baptist Ministries for the Aging with Horace serving as Administrator at Bethea Home and I was in the Corporate office. Later it was my privilege as Executive Director of SCBMA to bring Horace to Martha Franks in Laurens to lead in denominational relations. Our friendship continued to deepen. In Laurens he also served as Chaplain for Hospice of Laurens County and interim pastor of Gateway Community Church. When Horace and Mary took up new work at Myrtle Beach he passed those two ministries to me. We never really retired but drifted off toward the sunset. Now my Proverbs 18:24 Friend and Brother has moved on into his eternal home where, in our Lord’s time, I look forward to connecting again and forever.

  • November 29, 2022
    Jerry DELP says:
    Mr. Hawes it has been great getting to know you and being one of your many friends. Thanks for all your time, support, kindness, blessings and love. You will truly be missed. Love Jerry Delp