Russell Jackson "Jack" Hawke, Jr. April 3, 1941 - November 4, 2013
Russell Jackson “Jack” Hawke, Jr., age 72, of Zebulon, NC, died November 4, 2013. After a defiant battle with cancer, Jack passed away in his home with Grace at his side and surrounded by his family. Jack is once again FAN-TASTIC!
Jack was born on April 3, 1941, in New Milford, PA, to the late Reverend Dr. Russell Jackson Hawke and Anna Patton Hawke. He spent his childhood summers on Heart Lake in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Throughout his life he shared his love for water skiing with family and friends. He was known best for his cheerful attitude, sense of humor, and dedication to his wife, Grace, their five children and sixteen grandchildren. On August 24th, Jack and Grace celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren.
Jack graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ, in 1963, along with his wife, Grace, and he graduated from Duke University School of Law in Durham, NC, in 1966. He remained an avid Duke basketball fan throughout his life. Jack was a Republican political strategist in the State of North Carolina for 48 years. He was an active member of Zebulon United Methodist Church. In recent years he divided his time between his homes at Bunn Lake in Zebulon and Oak Island, NC.
Most important, Jack took extreme pride in being a family man. He was the master of giving hugs and kind words. He spent his lifetime making a positive difference and touching the lives of others through coaching and mentoring. Every now and again, there is a special person who has touched so many others in his life that he lives on in their hearts and memories and is never really lost. Jack is one of those people. He taught us all how to live life to the fullest, and in the end he reminded us all that when you are standing in the batter's box with two strikes, take the bat off your shoulder and "go down swinging!" Jack is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Grace Leoser Hawke; sons Russell Jackson “Chip” Hawke, III and wife Michelle of Oak Island, NC, Scott Thomas Hawke and wife Stephanie of Wendell, NC; daughters Cynthia “Cindy” Hawke Capps and husband James of Wilmington, NC, Anna Hawke Mitchell and husband Brett of Zebulon, NC, and Julia “Julie” Grace Hawke and Will Rabon of Zebulon, NC; grandchildren Robert, Calvin, Brian, Rusty, Tyler, Amy, Hunter, Tommy, Will, AJ, Austin, Leila, Hope, Zack, Kerry, and Trey; sister Patty Hawke Atkins and husband Wes of Lake Royale, NC, and nephews Mark Atkins and wife Elizabeth of Huntersville, NC, and Kyle Atkins and wife Heather of Wake Forest, NC, and three great nephews and one great niece. Jack was viewed as a father figure, coach and mentor by many others.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, November 7, from 6 to 9 pm at Zebulon United Methodist Church. Services will be held on Friday, November 8, at 2 pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Raleigh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Wake County, 701 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27610.
For those who wish contributions may be made toUNC Lineberger, Office of Extended Affairs, Campus Box 7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 and include the information of who the gift is in memory of, and indicate the melanoma fund.