Alvis Oda Hawthorne of Leander passed away Jan. 7, 2017, at the age of 72, surrounded by friends and family singing him home to heaven. Alvis, a 47-year resident of Leander, is known as a hard worker always in overalls, a lover of nature, a fiercely loyal friend who treated everyone like family, a full-of-mischief prankster, and a believer in Christ as his Lord and Savior. Those who know him most likely have a colorful story to share that either leaves them laughing or shaking their head, but they also know if they ever needed anything, Alvis, with his twinkling blue eyes, was one man they could always count on. He counted his blessings in his loved ones and salvation rather than worldly goods, but he is celebrating in his heavenly mansion on streets of gold now, probably with a cup of coffee.
Alvis was born on Dec. 23, 1944, in Memphis, Texas. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Christie, mother Opal Hawthorne, father Oda Hawthorne, and brother Royce Hawthorne. He is survived by his wife Beverly, daughter and son-in-law Yvette and Kevin Judd, son and daughter-in-law Luke and Mary Hawthorne, and daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Cody White. He is also survived by his sisters and their husbands, Sarah and Mitch Randall, Jan and James Randall, and Jackie and Clifford Loyd. Alvis has 10 grandchildren: Clint Cornett, Spencer Cornett, David Cornett, Daniel Cornett, John Cornett, Savannah Cornett, Dakota Judd, Jordan White, Logan White, and Garret Kovatch. He has one great-granddaughter, Chloe. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends who are family by love, although not by birth.
The celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 4 p.m., at the Hill Country Church of the Nazarene at 1750 Bagdad Rd. in Cedar Park, Texas.