Virgel Aden Hawk

Virgel Aden Hawk

West Point, Clay County, Mississippi, USA
Death 25 Apr 1975 (aged 79)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Niantic, Macon County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 27375456 · View Source
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Virgel Aden Hawk was born on 18 Oct 1895 in the village of West Point, Clay County, Mississippi, to John I. and Eda Sanders Hawk. He was first educated in West Point, Mississippi at WestPoint Academy, a boys' prep school. The family moved to Selma, Alabama about 1900.

Virgel served in World War I as a machine gunner in the Army, but never left the United
States or actually fought in battle. Virgel was drafted in June of 1917. He was assigned to Camp Grant, near Rockford, Illinois. Camp Grant was being built in June of 1917 with the first arrivals in September of 1917. Fortunately, his training was over and he did not die in the September 1918 influenza epidemic which hit the camp and killed 1,400 soldiers before the war's end in November.

He married Leva Ann Whiteside on March 12, 1918 in Danville, Illinois. Virgel and Leva had four sons. The first was John William, born on 19th of May in 1919. Their second son, Virgel Aden Jr., was born on the 19th of August in 1920. Their third son, was Roland Eugene, born 11th of December in 1924. Then, on the 10th of July in 1933, the fourth son, Garry Lee was born.

A farmer, Virgel rented a farm down on the Sangamon river southeast of the village of Mechanicsburg, Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1935 and later was able to buy it. Virgel served as Guard at Illiopolis War Plant in WWII and his wife, Leva, worked making ordinance on "K" Line. Two of their sons served overseas in WWII. Virgel was always a member of the American Legion and marched in the flag core during celebrations and parades in Mechanicsburg all of his life. He was a member of the Masonic Order as well.

Leva and Virgel had a lot of friends, went dancing frequently and on vacations to warmer climates in the winter. They worked hard all of their lives and provided a warm home for sons and grandaughters alike.

Virgel suffered with multiple myloma which eventually took his life on 25 April 1975 in the hospital in Springfield, Illinois, with family by his side.

Survivors included his wife, three sons, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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  • Created by: Sue Hawk Ridgley
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Virgel Aden Hawk (18 Oct 1895–25 Apr 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27375456, citing Long Point Cemetery, Niantic, Macon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sue Hawk Ridgley (contributor 47001567) .