Corey D. Hawkins, Sr. was born August 27, 1972, in Leighton, Alabama (Colbert County) the second of three sons to Mr. Parker Lee and Mrs. Diann Hawkins. He graduated in 1990 from Colbert County High School with an advanced curriculum diploma.
Grand Master Hawkins began honing his leadership and oratorical skills at a young age in the Baptist Church as a member of the Crusaders, an organization for boys. As a Crusader, he served as Crusader-in-Chief (President) for his local church chapter (Mt. New Home M.B. Church), Crusader-in-Chief of the Muscle Shoals District and Crusader-in-Chief of the Northwest Alabama District. Grand Master Hawkins also won the Crusaders Junior Oratorical Contest many times over at the Muscle Shoals District Level, Northwest Alabama District Level, and the Alabama State Level. To this date he still lives by the Crusader Watchword: For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37.
After graduating from high school, Grand Master Hawkins entered Alabama A. & M. University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. While at Alabama A. & M. University, Grand Master Hawkins made the Dean’s List on several occasions. Upon graduation he matriculated to Birmingham, Alabama, and began a teaching and coaching career in the public school system.
As a middle school basketball coach, Grand Master Hawkins won the championship in each division he coached in at least once. He also was named Middle School Coach of the Year twice for his division. As Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach, Grand Master Hawkins was fortunate enough to assist each team to the Alabama State High School Playoffs. One of his great accomplishments has been the success in transferring the TEAM concept from the basketball court to the administration of the numerous Masonic houses that he has led.
While teaching, Grand Master Hawkins worked his way through law school. Upon graduation of the Birmingham School of Law and having passed the Alabama State Bar exam on the first attempt, Grand Master Hawkins began his career as a trial attorney.