History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

The facilities of Hope Valley Funeral Service and Cremation may look small, but within these walls you’ll find more professional, compassionate service than you’ll see in the larger firms of Sampson County.

Our staff of highly trained and experienced professionals consistently demonstrates the genuine care and concern that has become our hallmark. We invite you to call us at (910) 592.0061, or come by, to learn the depth of our commitment to helping your family through this challenging time. Time and again we’ve provided the families of Sampson County and the surrounding counties with quality professional funeral services at very affordable prices. Let us do the same for you.

Our Valued Staff

Paul Thomas Ayers Hawkins

Paul Thomas Ayers Hawkins, Licensed Funeral Director and Owner

Paul is proud of the fact that he was named after the late Dr. James Ayers, MD, a close family friend. He traces his passion back to when he was 10 years old, and his love of animals of all kinds led him to stage funerals for those creatures who succumbed to incident and accident, in his family’s back yard on Johnson Street, in Clinton. It was there he learned the simple, healing value of ceremony. At the age of 15 Paul started helping at Royal Hall Funeral Home, under the late Romer Hall. His passion for caring for others led him to work on the Clinton Rescue and Fire Department for over 20 years. He’s proud of the fact that in 1992, he was appointed the first full-time paid firefighter in the City of Clinton, under Chief Leonard Edge. Paul is a graduate of Clinton High School, having received his diploma in 1984. Just a year later he started his apprenticeship at Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home under the guidance of the late James Furman Honeycutt, and the late Gene Barefoot. It was later, in 1987 that Paul graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. The plans to open his own funeral home came through the collaborative dream of Paul. He opened Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation on January 19th, 2009. Paul has been a member of Clinton Fire & Rescue for over 20 years giving back to the people of Clinton and Sampson County,Paul was the Co-Founder of Sampson County Fireman's Honor also a Faithful Member of Clinton Family Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Lynn Blackburn. Paul has four children, Heather Dawn 24 lives in Dallas TX, Andrew Paul of Clinton, Madison Reese , and Kipp Alterman both of the Home.

Fonda Beatty Hawkins

Fonda Beatty Hawkins, Operations

Barbara Stroud

Barbara Stroud, Aftercare Coordinator

Mrs. Barbara Stroud has lived in Clinton, North Carolina since 1974.
She is a proud mother of five (5) children, three (3) of which still live in Sampson County,
six (6) granddaughters and ten (10) great-grandchildren.

Barbara's work history includes farming and working in local sewing factories, she taught school in Michigan and worked at a cemetery development in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. as well as secretary to the District Manager for The Pure Oil Company in Florida. Mrs. Barbara is a member of
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor E.C. Mattocks.

Barbara is the widow of Mr. Ray Stroud. In 2015 she retired from 15 years of service as a teller from PNC Bank. Not suited for retirement, Hope Valley Hawkins gives Mrs. Barbara the opportunity to interact with local families during their time of need.
People need caring people in their lives and I am just one of them.

Jerry Lamont Nowling

Jerry Lamont Nowling, Operations/Funeral Assistant

Jerry Lamont Nowling resides in Harrells, North Carolina, His parents are Mr. & Mrs. Charles and Rela Nowling Jr. He has Three (3) brothers.
Jerry is a 2002 graduate of Union High School and is a member of Hayes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Alford Holston.
Jerry has been with Hope Valley Hawkins since January 2012.

Emily Nicole Simonson

Emily Nicole Simonson, Funeral Attendant

Emily is the daughter of Paul & Fonda Hawkins of Clinton and David Simonson of Fayetteville. Her brothers and sisters are Andrew Hawkins, Jessica Turner, Madison Hawkins, Kipp Hawkins and Evelyn Simonson.
Emily is currently a sophomore at Sampson Early College High School in Clinton and her future plans include transferring to Campbell University and attaining her Masters Degree Pharmacy.

Emily is a member of the Key Club, Ducks Unlimited, Fellowship of Christian Students, she is a faithful member Clinton Family Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Lynn Blackburn. She is also a member of the adult choir and of the Sacrifice Arts Ministry dance team and a cheerleader with the Champions in Motion Organization.

Kipp Alderman Hawkins

Kipp Alderman Hawkins, Funeral Attendant

Kipp is the son of Paul & Fonda Hawkins and Clay & Heather Carter. He is a student at Mintz Christian Academy.
Kips siblings are Andrew Hawkins, Jessica Turner, Madison Hawkins, Emily Simonson and Evelyn Simonson.
Kipp works at Clay Carter Farms and he owns is own cows.
Kipp is on the Mintz boys Soccer team. He is a member of Grove Park Baptist Church and also attends Clinton Family Worship Center and Rowan Baptist Church.
His future plans is to enlist in the Air Force upon graduating High School.

Evelyn Elaine Simonson

Evelyn Elaine Simonson, Funeral Attendant

Evelyn is the daughter of Paul & Fonda Hawkins and David Simonson. Her siblings include Andrew Hawkins, Jessica Turner, Madison Hawkins, Emily Simonson and Kipp Hawkins.
Evelyn is currently a student at Sunset Avenue School. Her favorite subject is Science.
Evelyn is a member of Clinton Family Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Lynn Blackburn. She is also a student of Mrs. Becky Vann at The Learning Station and a cheerleader with Champions In Motion Organization.
Evelyn aspires to be a Scientist when she grows up.

Madison Reece Hawkins

Madison Reece Hawkins, Funeral Attendant

Madison is the daughter of Paul & Fonda Hawkins and Clay & Heather Carter.
Madison siblings include, Andrew Hawkins, Jessica Turner, Emily Simonson, Kipp Hawkins and Evelyn Simonson.
Madison is a member of Clinton Family Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Lynn Blackburn, she also attends Rowan Baptist Church.
Madison is currently employed at Matthews Drug Store and babysits.
Madison is a Mintz Christian Academy 2016 Graduate and is currently a student at Sampson Community College studying Early Childhood Education, her plans are to transfer to
Fayetteville Community College and major in Early Childhood Development.