Betty Jo Francis Hawkins, 87, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at her residence. A native of Roane County, and a resident of McMinn County since 1992, she was the daughter of the late Dartis Fritz and Annie Paisley Francis. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens, and enjoyed working in her Sunday school class, caring for children and helping with Mothers’ Day Out at the church. She also loved walking her dog around North City School. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Fred Hawkins (June 8, 2015); and four brothers, Robert Francis, Cliff Francis, Dartis Jr. Francis and Max Francis. Survivors include daughter, JoAnn Hawkins of Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Earl and Jill Hawkins of Winfield, Ala.; two grandchildren, Chandler Hawkins and Connor Hawkins; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Paint Rock. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home. Those unable to attend may send condolences at Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

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