Homegoing Service (Funeral) for Walter Hawkins

Information about the homegoing (funeral) services for Bishop Walter Hawkins has been announced. There will be a musical celebration and a homegoing (funeral) service. Here are the details:

Musical Celebration
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM PST
Location: The Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA
Admission is FREE

Homegoing (Funeral) Service
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM EST
Location: The Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA

Many well know Gospel artists will gather together to pay their final respects to Bishop Walter Hawkins. The musical celebration is titled, The Man, The Music, The Ministry: A Musical Salute to Bishop Walter Hawkins.

The artist that are confirmed to sing at the musical celebration consists of Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, and Donnie McClurkin. Additional artists that will sing also include Lynette Hawkins, Ledisi, Karen Clark Sheard, Daryl Coley and Doug Williams of the Williams Brothers.

Bishop Hawkins’ former wife, Tramaine Hawkins, will make a special appearance. His brother Edwin Hawkins will be one of the music directors for the evening. Edwin Hawkins will be joined by Donald Lawrence, Kurt Carr and Richard Smallwood.

The funeral will take place the following morning and Bishop Kenneth Moales (of Prayer Tabernacle Church of Love, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT) will officiate the ceremony.

Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Walter Hawkins Memorial Foundation. Cards, letters and donations may be mailed to: Love Center Ministries, 10440 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94603.

It is clear that Bishop Hawkins will be laid to rest in grand fashion. I hope they record the musical celebration and make it available to those who couldn’t attend sometime in the future. Bishop Hawkins was a blessing to millions of people. I’m sure many will be blessed by celebration of his homegoing.

What are your thoughts about Bishop Hawkins’ homegoing service? Do you plan to attend?

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  • Minister Watts

    I do hope that they record this service and make it available to everyone. Bishop Hawkins was a gospel giant that didn't mind sharing the Love of Jesus Christ with the world through his preaching and music.

    Also, is there anything we the public can do to have this both services streamed live via the internet. Maybe we can make donations to accomplish this. I know that it would cost, so this shouldn't be on the family.

  • Sonkist

    I would love to attend,I am a resident of southern ca and I cannot get to the Theatre to obtain tickets and then go next week as well. I am sure it would be an event I would never forget. Loved his music it was meat and potatoes,to help you through trials and tribulations.I wish I could come RIP

  • WENDY

    I WOULD LOVE TO BE AT THE SERVICE OR MUSICAL, BUT I LIVE IN CLOVIS,CA. I GREW UP LISTENING AND SINGING WALTER HAWKINS AND LOVE CENTER CHOIR SONGS, AND ALSO TEACHING THEM TO OUR CHOIR. MY SISTERS & I LOVE SINGING “WHAT IS THIS”, “STRANGE”&”CHANGE”. MY FAVORITE SONG IS “MARVELOUS”, SOMETHING ABOUT THAT SONG,”LORD GIVE US TIME” AND “IM GOING AWAY”. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE BISHOP WALTER HAWKINS, HIS ANOINTING IN SONG AND PRAISE. I WILL DEEPLY MISS HIM “FAMILY U HAVE OUR FAMILY CONDOLENSES”, WE LUV U ALL “STAY STRONG AND KEEP ON PRAISING THE LORD IN SONG”.

  • Tiffanyhatemenow77

    he was a gtrue man orf god his destaney has be fufilled walk in 2 your season bishop its time 2 recive your reward,,xoxo

  • CoCo

    I live in Danbury, CT and I would love to go as well. I hope that BET or TVone will air both the musical and the homegoing celebration at some point.

  • Janisomega

    Walter Hawkins vocals were amazing, outstanding, spiritual and without flaw. His deliverance and showmanship in song will never be replaced. His voice will be in my mind forever. I can still hear him do his high register notes with stuff clarity. I will truly miss this Man of God and singer straight from glory. My mother will enjoy his singing. Heaven is celebrating and embracing Walter in the heavenly choir. Sing on Walter sing on, we loved you but God loved you best.

  • OLIVIA

    WILL TRULY MISS YOU,IM PRAYING FOR THE HAWKINS FAMILY

  • L. Henley

    What can I say? Your songs of praise have touched my heart more than I can explain. Just to see you perform and hear your voice (like no other) it's God sent. I live in Chicago and cannot attend any of the services but I wish that all of the services could be recorded so that I could always have Bishop Hawkins not only in my heart but in my home and NEVER to be forgotten. Please let there be a CD or video of the services. I can't tell you how much you will be missed. I know that God only wants the best and you my dear Bishop are the BEST!!! Take your rest.

  • Brendad5356

    RIP…You are with your heavenly father now…

  • Saundra Morris

    There are so many musical arrangements that this man has contributed to the body of Christ. My favorites “God Will Open Doors”, “He's that kind of Friend', “Change” and “Dear Jesus I Love You”. Once I started writing the names of the songs, many others came to mind. Not enough room to list them all. We serve a God of second chances, one who loves us and cares for us more than our thoughts can image. For those of us that remain, let us continue to promte this GREAT GOSPLE in song, in WORD and DEED, Glorifying the Most High GOD living the righteous life that Christ requires us to live. Peace and Love the Hawkins Family. Losing a father,brother is very difficult, so let us remember to hold the Hawkins Family up. After all the celebration and the people go back to thier everyday lives, his children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters have to deal with the departure of thier loved one. May the Peace of God, Rest, Rule and Abide in the hearts and mind of the Hawkins Family.

    SMM_B

  • Glennlong316

    was Mr. hawkins really gay? if so how can pastor lay this on GOD, that is all i have to say

  • GLENNLONG316

    he was not the… KING JESUS THAT IS !!!STOP AND START PRASING THE REAL ONE, THE ONE WHO IS WITH YOU WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS…THEY MUSIC WAS NICE WITH/HIS FORMER WIFE.

  • moe

    do u have any room to ask questions about the next thats whats wrong with the people in the world today .

  • moe

    a mess thats what u is who ever wrote this

  • Tbond8

    it's none of our busiess if he guy or not we need to make sure are own life is with love and peace

  • OAKLANDGIRL22

    TO THE HAWKINS FAMILY ONE-ALL SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF BISHOP WALTER HAWKINS, YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY-PRAY'S AT THIS TIME HE SHALL BE MISSED BY MANY, THE LORD BLESSED HIM WITH A GOLDEN VOICE BUT HIS GOSPAL MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOR EVER, AS WE SAY IN THE WORLD AN MAY HE REST IN PEACE, HE IS ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN NO MATTER WHAT ONLY GOD IS THE REAL JUDGE PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU . OAKLANDGIRL22.

  • JERRY NEWSOM

    I am so grateful to have known such a great artist and preacher in my like time. The gospel music
    industry will surely miss him.

    Jerry
    Garfield Hts, OH

  • JERRY NEWSOM

    I am so grateful to have known such a great artist and preacher in my like time. The gospel music
    industry will surely miss him.

    Jerry
    Garfield Hts, OH

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