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Mr. Rodney Dale Hawkins, a long-time resident of Kansas City, MO, peacefully entered into eternal rest from his labor in the late evening hours on Friday, November 20, 2015 at KC Hospice Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
On March 30, 1942, Mr. Hawkins was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to Edward and Dorothy Hawkins. Rodney was raised as a Christian by a “God fearing” mother. Much of his Christian education and moral character was formed as a child member of Burns Methodist Church, Des Moines, Iowa. He attended school at North High School. After years of applying his skills in variety of occupations in Minneapolis and Des Moines, Rodney enjoyed a very active social life during his senior years in the Kansas City, MO Metro area. Rodney was a talented “Stepper”, and was known to many as “Minnesota” in deference to the many years he spent living in Minneapolis prior to his settlement in Kansas City, MO.
He was preceded in death by his father Edward Rainey Hawkins, mother, Dorothy Lee Hawkins, brother, Michael E. Hawkins, sister, Jacque C. Cooper, and sister, Donna Raye Hawkins.
His legacy lives on through his daughter, Tasha Greenfield-Hudson, Des Moines, IA., son, Rodney Harmon, Minneapolis, MN., and daughter Ronesha Palmer, Minneapolis, MN. He is also survived by his sisters Robby L. Warren, Kansas City, MO., Iva C. Hawkins, Minneapolis, MN., and Lorene Hawkins Jones, Stafford, VA. and a host of grandchildren.
Rodney’s independence, energetic spirit, and wonderful sense of humor will linger on. He lived, he loved, and he laughed!
The family finds comfort in knowing that God has received him with arms wide open, and that he is now in His loving care. He will be eternally missed.