Ailene Dickens Hawkins

Ailene Dickens Hawkins, 98, of Manteo, NC died Sunday, January 15, 2023. 

Born in Roanoke Rapids on January 28, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Iola Stenson Dickens and Joe Butts Dickens. 

Ailene was a graduate of Weldon City Schools. She was a past member of Smiths Methodist Church in Roanoke Rapids and often volunteered at Guardian Care Rest Home. Ailene was currently a member of Manteo Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her son, Joseph E. Hawkins and wife, Jana of Manteo; grandchildren, April Ball and Zack Hawkins; great-grandchildren, Trey, Kami, and Aldyn Ball and Fiona and Rowan Hawkins; and her sister, Janie Riddle of Weldon, NC. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard M. Hawkins.

A celebration of Ailene’s life will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Manteo Baptist Church, PO Box 670, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at