- This article is about the Birmingham City Councilor. For others with similar names, see Don Hawkins (disambiguation).
Hawkins was one of four sons born to Robert and Katie Hawkins. He became an industrial salesman and was elected in 1963. He was elected council president in 1971 and served on the council until his death.
Hawkins was the 1957 Mr Crestwood, which is awarded to the citizen who has done the most for the Crestwood community each year. He also served on the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board in the early 1970s and Roebuck-Hawkins Park is named in his memory.