Ipava Man Found Shot To Death

Melvin Glee Hawkins, 39, who was critically injured in a motorcycle accident about a year ago, was found shot to death Sunday, apparently a victim of suicide, in his home about one mile west of Ipava.

The body was found, a .22 caliber rifle lying nearby, by Mr. Hawkins' widow, Virginia, and their ten-year-old son, Norman, when they returned home from church about noon. Death apparently was caused by a .22 caliber bullet wound in the chest.

Mr. Hawkins reportedly had been despondent since the motorcycle accident, which occurred in Ipava on June 10, 1954.

An inquest was conducted at 6 o'clock Monday evening in the Shawgo Memorial home by Dr. Raymond J. Mercey, Fulton county coroner.

Born Dec. 20, 1915, near Table Grove, he was a son of Charles and Lillie (Wickert) Hawkins. He was married in Ipava on Aug. 7, 1953, to Virginia Clanin who survives. Other survivors include his son, both parents and a brother, Keith Hawkins of Vermont.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the Ipava Christian church by the Revs. E. E. Catlin and Darrell B. Harrison. Burial in Ipava cemetery.


Published in the Astoria Argus-Searchlight on 5/25/1955

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