Charles Alenzo Hawley, 65, passed away in the Washington, DC Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center on April 4, 2013, after a long illness.
He was born on February 29, 1948, to the late Alenzo and Edna Hawley in Erwin. He graduated from Dunn High School in 1966 and attended Frederick Military Academy until joining the Air Force in 1967, where he served in the Vietnam Conflict until 1971. He married Margaret Barefoot in 1976, to whom he was wed for over 30 years.
Charles was active in the Dunn community throughout his younger years, having played defense for the Dunn High School football team and later, become a member of the Dunn Jaycees. He was a born salesman, and early on in his professional career sold such diverse products as mathematical and printing machines, cars, and building materials. In his early forties, he discovered his true love in construction. He worked passionately to become a supervisor, estimator, project manager, and ultimately, a General Contractor. He took immense pride in the houses, churches, schools, and dozens of commercial buildings that were the results of his efforts.
Charles was most happy surrounded by people and the water. He loved to dance the “Shag,” cook just about anything, and entertain his friends. In his later years, he spent many hours piloting his pontoon boat around Lake Gaston. He also volunteered his time and expertise to the local Habitat for Humanity office, where he served as a site manager.
He is survived by his daughter, Alicia Hawley Rich, her husband, Eric, and one granddaughter, Evelyn (“Eva”). He is also survived by his brother, Donald Hawley, sister-in-law, Wilma, and niece, Nina, as well as his sister, Lynn Johnson, and brother-in-law, Jerry.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home, 905 Erwin Rd, in Dunn, NC. Memorial contributions can be made to Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org/support/giftfromtheheart.aspx.