Parthenia (Hawkins) Adams was born on December 6, 1918 in South Guthrie, Tennessee to the late Richard and Savannah Hawkins. She had an older sister Cassie Mae Banks and brother Will Henry Hawkins. While those immediate family members all preceded her to glory, her extended "family" gathers her and all who knew her will sorely miss our beloved Aunt Polly.
Aunt Polly graduated from Berts High School in Clarksville, TN around 1940 while living with Cassie. She attended Tennessee A&I College (now known as Tennessee State University) in Nashville, TN for 3 years until she was hired at the PX (similar to a military store) where she became a manager. She spoke lovingly at that time bringing her lots of friends, fun, and money. While in Nashville, she attended (and graduated from) Queen of Sheba Beauty School and taught there for about 3 years.
In 1950, she moved to Detroit, Mi. and was married to Jimmie Adams (aka Uncle Jimmie). They were married nearly 35 years until his death in 1985, Aunt Polly opened New Fashions Beauty Nook Shop on Milford with Ms. E. Thompson. In 1975 when Cassie died, Aunt Polly and Uncle Jimmie raised Cassie's daughter, their beloved niece Patricia (Banks) Tyson who continued to be the light of her life until Pat's untimely passing in 2006.
Never one to dwell too long on negatives, Aunt Polly would share that she lived in segregation, but felt that living in Detroit was better than living in the south. While remember how much she loved going shopping at the downtown Husdon's store she recalled that in Detroit in the 1950s, she was not allowed to try on shoes. She said, "You had to buy them and try them on when you got home". A point of joy and pride for Aunt Polly was that she lived to see a Black president.
Shopping was on of Aunt Polly's many passions. She did it well and never left home unless she was Dressed to the Nines. Turquoise - from hat to shoes to jewelry - was a particular favorite color. She also loved home cooking, especially pies; the casinos and scratch-off lottery tickets; all Detroit sports teams (Curtis Granderson was Her Tiger! - even after he was traded); Michigan State football (Pat's Alma Mater); and staying up later at night than most people half her age. She also loved to talk and carried on lucid and entertaining conversations with young and old until practically her last days.
Aunt Polly always expressed her love for Pat, Michael and Aaron. She said that "Never a day goes by that I don't think about my Pat". She also told everyone how happy she was living with Michale and Aaron, her beloved grandson after Pat's death. Her nurturing of Aaron is in no small part responsible for his becoming the fine young man he is today. She would always say that Pat'& Michael's friends "took care of me". Her heart was filled with love.
Aunt Polly was preceded in death by her parents the late Richard and Savannah Hawktins, husband James, sister Cassie Banks, and brother Will Henry Hawkins. Her memory will be carried on by many, including her nephew Michael Tyson, grandson Aaron Tyson, brothers-in-law Frank Adams in Chicago and Henry Michael Tyson, grandson Aaron Tyson, brothers-in-law Frank Adams in Chicago and Henry Adams in Detroit. And then there was Lillian and a host of dozens of nieces, nephews and others from her expansive extended "family".
Bless you, Aunt Polly.