Theldora V. Hawkins
Theldora V. Hawkins

December 22, 1933 - September 10, 2018
Born in Sussex, Viginia
Resided in Plainfield, New Jersey
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On Monday,September 10, 2018, God in his divine wisdom called home to rest our mother and grandmother Theldora Vestine Hawkins born in Sussex, VA on December 22, 1933. Even though she was truly a country girl at heart, she became a proud citizen of New Jersey after moving there at the age of 11. Vestine went to elementary school in Sussex, VA, and continued her education in Westfield, NJ where she was a honor roll student. She enjoyed singing in the Westfield High School choir and was also an award-winning seamstress. She took pride in sewing most of her wardrobe, including her lace wedding dress.
Upon graduating high school she was employed by NJ Bell as one of the first black telephone operators. After 35 years of service she retired from AT&T (formerly NJ Bell). She remained a member of the AT&T Pioneers and continued to attend luncheons with her former coworkers and friends.
Vestine was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Perry Hawkins Jr., originally from Anniston, AL and was blessed with two children. After 13 years of marriage she become a young widow.

Her faith kept her strong as she battled bipolar illness. She was an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and was devoted to helping others with the same condition.
One of her greatest joys was taking care of her mother for over 20 years. She truly enjoyed long talks with Nana while caring for her during that time. Vestine’s “Gigi” pride and joy were her granddaughters with whom she enjoyed spending quality time. She was a foodie who loved preparing delicious meals and baking cookies for others.
Vestine was very curious and creative. She loved fashion, R&B and country music, art, theatre,
and black history. She was an avid reader and she kept an extensive journal of her life. She took pleasure in keeping up with popular culture by watching the Wendy Williams show every morning at 10.
She was most content spending time with her extended family at dinners and reunions, chatting and catching up on the latest news. Vestine was a great conversationalist
and she continued to make new friends at the local Senior Citizens Center. Her strength and wisdom grew from her deeply rooted faith and spiritual principles. Vestine truly
loved the Lord and always tried to help people whenever she could.
Vestine was preceded in death by her parents, Edith Minnicks Wyatt and stepfather William Wyatt, stepbrothers James W. Wyatt and Howard W. Wyatt, and three half sisters, Muriel Gilliam, Yvonne Gilliam Richardson and Cheryl Gilliam. She leaves to mourn and celebrate her life two children, Kevin T. Hawkins and Pamela Barnes; granddaughters Hadiyah Barnes and Aliyah Barnes; half sisters Carolyn F. Wyatt of Herndon,VA, Amaryllis Gilliam of Bronx, NY, Gloria Patton of Brooklyn, NY and half brother Lawrence Gilliam of New York , NY as well as a host of loving relatives and friends.




Judkins Colonial Home
428 W. 4th Street
Plainfield, NJ US 07061
Friday, September 21, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Judkins Colonial Home
428 W. 4th Street
Plainfield, NJ US 07061
Friday, September 21, 2018
11:00 AM