Horace Leland Hawkins, age 74, lifelong resident of Fort Scott and a 60 year Boy Scout, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at Guest Home Estates. He was born August 12, 1933 the son of Melvin Hawkins and Edna VanArsdale Hawkins. Horace was a 1953 graduate of Fort Scott High School and attended one year at Fort Scott Community College. He worked from the age of 15 at Whiteside IGA and continued at Gene's IGA until retirement. Horace first donned a Boy Scout uniform in 1948 at the age of 14. For over 60 years he has continued to work with the Scouting organization. In the last 60 years, Horace has received the God and Country award, Gold and Sun award, Scout Key award, Commissions Key award, Wood Badge, Webelos award, Special award, several National Jamboree awards, Canadian Jamboree award, 50 miles award and the Ventriloquist award. In addition to these, he also received the highest award possible in the Boy Scouts, the Silver Beaver award. He was a member of the First United Methodist and spent many hours volunteering at the church.
Survivors include several cousins including his caregiver, Edna Mae Marsh, Fort Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Jennings.
Rev. Paul Babcock will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Cheney Witt Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to either the Boy Scout Troop #114 or the First United Methodist Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan. 66701.