Dolores Irene Hawkins, widow of Lemuel F. Hawkins Jr., passed away September 16, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Samuel H. Pierce and Regina T. Pierce, born in Baltimore, Maryland November 29, 1931. She was raised in Norfolk, VA and graduated from Maury High School. She retired from the life insurance business, serving as office manager with: Union Life, Interstate Life, Gulf Life and finally with American General. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Jack Leigh Hux, two brothers Charles H. Pierce and Franklin R. Pierce, and two step grandchildren Luke and Ben Wilson. She is survived by her son Bruce Joyce Hux of Hartwell, GA, stepdaughters; Joan Hawkins Mitchell Thomas of Madison Heights, VA, Belinda Hawkins Ward Earl of Henderson, NV, grandchildren; Melissa Long Chad of Griffin, GA, step grandchildren; Marsha Reynolds Michael of Hurt, VA, Michael Roach Rebecca of Concord, VA, Melissa Stevens Len of Lynchburg, VA, Rebecca Wilson of Riverside, CA, Mindy Mike McKee of Honea Path, SC, Susan Doug Blanks of Carrollton, GA, Donna Marc Ball of Whitesburg, GA, great-grandchildren; Sophie and Ashlyn Long, step great-grandchildren; Brooke, Laura and Mason Reynolds, Jessica, Carly, and Michael Sean Roach, Jr. and Olivia Wright , Cody and Gracie McKee, Ashley and Doug Blanks Jr., and Lindy and Bobby Jones. She is also survived by a cousin Mildred James Brown of Richmond, VA, cousins Charlene Jack Hyman of Chesapeake, VA, sisters-in-law; Elizabeth Smith of Rustburg, VA and Winnie Morris Brown of Richmond, VA, and a very special friend Carl Morris of Chesapeake, VA. Honorary Escorts include her beloved friends and neighbors in the Norcova Estates Subdivision; Ana David Morgan, June Eric Neuschwander, Mary Lamb, Rodger Teresa Harcum, Jackie Allen Hodges, Glenn Phyllis Cooper, and Floyd Dot Credle. Words cannot express the kindness and love her neighbors provided. Bruce also would like to thank his Norfolk – Virginia Beach family for their love and support during this difficult time. Also to be acknowledged is Seniorcorp Health Care and the wonderful workers who did an outstanding job in home care and Sentara Hospice. A visitation will be held Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6-8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23322. The service will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake Chapel with Reverend Jonathan Carpenter officiating. A graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.