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A well-known local farmer died close to his home in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday.
William “Stanley” Hawkins, 69, of Culpeper died at the scene of the wreck as a result of his injuries, according to a news release from Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Brent Coffey.
Trooper I. Ewing is investigating the crash that occurred around 12:40 a.m. on Oct. 6 on Batna Road, half-mile north of Algonquin Trail.
Hawkins was traveling north in a 2015 Chevrolet 3500 Silverado when he lost control, ran off the left side of the road and collided with a mailbox, a culvert and a tree, according to Coffey. Hawkins was not wearing a seatbelt.
Assisting at the scene were the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper County Emergency Services and Richardsville Volunteer Fire & Rescue.
The fatal wreck occurred about a mile from Belle Meade Farms, a family-run beef and crops operation in the Hawkins family since 1935. Stanley Hawkins was the farm’s patriarch. He worked there his entire life, and at the time of his death, was president of the Culpeper Farmer's Co-Op, according to his obituary.
Hawkins is survived by his wife of 43 years, Suzy, five children and eight grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at noon this Saturday, Oct. 12 at Eastern View High School, off of U.S Route 29 at 16332 Cyclone Way. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hawkins' memory to the EVHS Football Program. Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the family.