The Hawkins Family 50th Year Celebration
 
The Hawkins Family celebrated 50 years in gospel music ministry with an evening of gospel music on October 25, 2008. The concert was held at the First Pentecostal Church in Hot Springs.
 
Special guests appearing on the program were former members: Rick Goshen, Travis Brown and Dennis Gamble. Rick, Travis and Dennis sang and shared their thoughts of the times they traveled with the group. Kristen (daughter of Travis and Tena Brown) also sang during the evening.
A special tribute was given to David Carpenter, former rhythm guitarist with the group. His guitar was displayed on stage and his song was sung by Dennis, Travis and Lou.
 
Special friends, The Jubil-Heirs from Seagoville, Texas and The Hacketts from Dermott, Arkansas traveled to Hot Springs to share their music and their hearts during the evening.
 
The church was packed with friends that had come to know The Hawkins Family during their decades of gospel singing. A plaque commemorating their years of ministry was presented by Pastor B.F. Glidewell to the family from the church.
 
 
The Hawkins Family closed out the evening with an anointed program of songs beginning with "We Came on Business for the King." This song was written by instrumentalist, Paul DeWeber in tribute to the decades of music ministry by the group.
 
At the close of the evening all the singers joined the members of The Hawkins Family - Lou Hawkins Tabor, Morris Tabor, Terry LeMay, Valerie Oliver, Paul DeWeber, Dan Henderson and Malcolm Harmon - for the last song "What a Day That Will Be."
 
Tables were set up in the back of the auditorium containing photos, some of the first equipment used by the group and many other items of interest including a couple of "singing" dresses designed and made for Lou years ago by Auntie.
 
Photos from the celebration can be seen here.
 
 

 "There's a message that encourages the discouraged, lifts up the downhearted, excites the unexcited, and entertains the listener...it's called Gospel Music! Let us bring glory to God as we sing it…"
-- Buddy Hawkins
 
FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT:
Lou Tabor, Manager
Hickory Hill Park
216 Bryant Road
Hot Springs, AR 71909

501-623-8068
E-mail: The Hawkins Family


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