In loving memory

Meador Funeral Home – Gainesville


Friday, March 22, 2019, 1 hour prior to service at First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Denton St., Gainesville, Texas

Funeral Service

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Denton St., Gainesville, Texas


Fairview Cemetery, 701 Fair Avenue, Gainesville, Texas

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Carolyn Hudnall Tompkins Hawkins, a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter and friend passed away peacefully at 11:33pm, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the age of 87 years old. Carolyn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 6, 1932 to Shelly and Lilly Mae Hudnall. She grew up in Longview, Texas along with her two brothers, Shelly and John. She graduated May of 1954 with degrees in Music, English and Art from Centenary College of Shreveport. She sang soprano in Centenary’s traveling choir, got pinned to her sweetheart Noel Tipton, then fell in love and married Norman Tompkins on her 23rd birthday, March 6, 1955. Carolyn and Norman welcomed their first child, daughter Carolyn, born just after her 24th birthday in 1956 and their son, Norman “Terry”, in 1960.  Memorable highlights in her life included watching her daughter, wearing the same wedding gown Carolyn wore in ’55, walk down the aisle to marry John Johnson and celebrating her son taking Rene McDermott’s hand in marriage. Her greatest joy in life was being a loving grandmother to Terry and Rene’s children, Tyler, Noah, Charlie and baby Nikolas, who Carolyn’s husband Norman welcomed into Heaven on the day he was born. In 2005, Carolyn was blessed to meet and marry Carman Hawkins, who adored her throughout her twilight years.  While Norman was serving in the U.S. Army, Carolyn lived in San Antonio, Texas, Fort Huachuca, Arizona and Heidelberg, Germany with her family, then settled back in Dallas, Texas, which she called home. She taught grade school, church preschool and retired after many years as an executive assistant for the head office of Boy Scouts of America.  Carolyn sang in her church choirs and performed with North Texas Choral, singing in Notre Dame in Paris and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She loved attending the opera and would often sing along while listening to it in the car. Along with a beautiful soprano voice, she also was an accomplished painter and writer of poetry. She was very much a lady, always having her hair perfectly coiffed, her dainty nails painted and her lipstick blotted. She had a great sense of humor and could sit for hours with her kitty warming her lap.  If ever there was an Angel on Earth, it was Carolyn. Please join us as we celebrate her life.