CLARENCE HAWKINS was born in Camden, New Jersey on February 10, 1925 to John and Lessie Hawkins. His father worked as a laborer. John and Lessie Hawkins had moved to Camden shortly before Clarence's birth with older siblings Eunice, William, and Vaudra. The 1929 Camden City Directory and 1930 Census shows the family residing at 913 South 8th Street. Two more children had come to the family by April of 1930, John W. and James Hawkins. Clarence Hawkins attended Camden public schools, but left school in the middle of his senior year.

Brother William Hawkins died of causes unrelated to combat while serving with the United states Army during World War II.

By the time the 1947 Camden City Directory was Clarence Hawkins was working as a laborer and had taken up residence at 721 South 2nd Street. His parents had by then moved to 770 Division Street.

On January 31, 1961 Clarence Hawkins. was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He reported for duty the following day. Fire Department records show him living at 1126 Langham Avenue in Parkside.

Having served almost 26 years as a member of the Camden Fire Department, Clarence Hawkins retired on January 1, 1987. He passed away on June 8, 1985.


A New Class of Probies - January 1961

Recruit Firemen Clarence Hawkins, Joseph Arensberg, Jerise Garten Sr., Richard Brooks, Walter Williams, Commissioner Edward Garrity
and Chief of Department
Edward MacDowell

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Camden Courier-Post * March 4, 1961

Howard Ways - Spruce Street - Clarence Hawkins - Park Boulevard -  William Warren - Ormond Avenue
Daniel Jiannetto - Albert Harkness - Walnut Street