Nehemiah N. Hawkins III to receive Legacy of a Leader Award

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 17, 2018

By Spencer Dixon

SALISBURY — Nehemiah N. Hawkins III will receive the Legacy of a Leader award Sunday at Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church.

“It’s a great award and an honor just to be nominated,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins, affectionally known as “Peanut,” was chosen for his contributions in the community and the church.

Hawkins was born July 29, 1963, in Salisbury, the son of the late Rosie L. Harley and Nehemiah N. Hawkins Jr. He has four sisters, Barbara, Naomi, Sandra and April, as well as a brother, Anthony. In December 1990, he married Audrey McCullough, and they have one son, Demiah.

Hawkins got a degree in refrigeration and heating and air conditioning from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 1992. In the past, he worked at Carolina Rubber Hose and Abex. He is currently employed at Oiles America in Concord as a process technician.

In his church, Hawkins is a preacher’s steward, where members describe him as “the Robin to Rev. Patrick ‘Batman’ Tate.” Additionally, he is chairman of the Steward Board as well as a member of the finance and music technology committees.

Hawkins has a love for children and basketball that led him to become involved in coaching and officiating. He coached Little League AAU, and he was an assistant coach with the varsity girls basketball team at A.L. Brown High School.

Once he finished coaching, Hawkins turned his attention to officiating. He began officiating in youth leagues for parks and recreation. After attending clinics, he now officiates games from middle school to college. He is a member of the Metrolina Basketball Association, JUCO and South Atlanta Conference.

Hawkins recently became an honorary life member of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society.

Hawkins said he never expected recognition for his work within the community.

“It makes me feel very special to be recognized,” he said

The Legacy of a Leader celebration will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 S. Long St. in East Spencer.