Garrett Franklin Hawks



BARNARDSVILLE/RALEIGH – Garrett Franklin Hawks, infant son of Michael Franklin and Erin Elizabeth Whitley Hawks is now in the arms of Jesus. Garrett was born February 25, 2018 at UNC Hospital and spent his entire life in the Neonatal Critical Care Unit. During his brief existence, Garrett touched many lives. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Franklin Lewis Hawks. Surviving Garrett are his paternal grandmother, Sarah Mauldin Hawks, maternal grandmother, Anne Dillingham and maternal grandfather, Paul R. Whitley, Sr. and loving uncle, Rich Whitley. Michael and Erin wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the NICU staff at UNC. Their genuine and loving care of Garrett enabled countless blessings. A Memorial Service Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. Graveside rites at Abasalom Dillingham Cemetery, Barnardsville, NC will be held Tuesday, June 5th at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to UNC Children’s Hospital, Children’s Promise, PO Box 1050, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Checks need to be made payable to UNC Children’s Hospital, on memo line designate for Neonatal Special Gift Fund in memory of Garrett Franklin Hawks (; or to March of Dimes in support of prematurity research (PRI).

West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, NC 28787 is in charge of local arrangements.

For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Garrett’s obituary at