Scott Pope Hawkins was born on October 23, 1908, to Alfred L. Hawkins and Winfield Lucy Pope. Both Alfred Hawkins and Winnie Pope came from wealthy political families, and young Scott enjoyed a life of luxury. He attended the private, all-boy’s Country Day school in St. Louis, then pursued his secondary education at Princeton and Boston Tech, before graduating from Washington University.
Hawkins spent some time assisting his father in business, but had a passion for aviation. He enlisted in the navy and earned his wings.
In 1938, a bombing plane was lost off the coast of California, and Hawkins volunteered to take part in the search and rescue for the plane’s crew. While flying over the ocean, Hawkins fell from his plane. The navy was unable to recover his body, and he was announced dead.
Hawkins’ mother, Winnie, erected a grand memorial for her son in Riverview Cemetery. W. Ridley Young, the architect who pioneered the “St. Louis style,” designed the memorial, and the marble was carved in Italy. Along the inside of the top circle of the monument is inscribed “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” which was the theme of the navy chaplain’s sermon at Hawkins’ funeral. Also in the circle is an emblem designed by Hawkins. He was assigned to draw emblems for all the squadrons in the navy, and had just finished that emblem before his death. It was placed on all the planes of his scouting squadron. On the podium in the middle of the monument, a poem written by Janet Williams Gould, a former Jefferson City resident. The behind the monument was once a small lake, but Winnie had it drained. A small mausoleum was built under the monument, and Winnie was interred there in 1969. After her funeral, the doors to the mausoleum were cemented shut← Parsons, Gen. Mosby Cole County Confederate Soldiers Memorial →