Stephen LaVerne Hawes, also known as Steve, is the eldest son of Stephen Wayne and Charlotte Irene Hawes. He was born in Evansville, Indiana on March 24, 1965. Steve and his three brothers, Dax, Matthew, and Brad, were raised on Evansville's North Side. Steve attended Central High School, graduating in 1983. After graduation, he began working for Kenny Kent, where he was trained and earned his Master of Automotive Technology through General Motors. In July of 1997, Steve began to work for the United States Postal Service. He served 25 years working at the U.S. Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Evansville, working his way from mechanic, earning specializations in all aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair, to ending his career as the Lead Automotive Technician for the Maintenance Facility. He is now happily retired.
Steve and his Lady Cheryl reside in Evansville and enjoy spending time with their large extended family. Steve's son, Brett Hawes, and daughter, Lindsay Hawes Grisham, also live in Evansville with their families. Lindsay and husband Matt are the proud parents of Jensen, the newest addition to the Hawes family. His son, Brett Hawes and wife Lori are the proud parents of Bailey, Berkeley, and
After a long successful career in National and International martial arts, Steve was honored in 1996 to become a referee for the US National Karate Team. In 1998, Steve became the Chief Referee for the U.S Team, and in 2002, he was Awarded the title of Chief Referee for the International Martial Arts WKA/WKU organizations world championships. Steve was raised to the degree of Master Mason in early 2004. In the spring of that year, he became a member of Hadi Shrine. He is a member of Reed Lodge 316, the Scottish Rite, and the No Ruz Grotto. He has served as President of Motor Corps, and is a three time Member of the Year. Steve also holds membership in Swords of Bunker Hill, Mariners, Turtles, International Yacht Club, and Royal Order of Jesters Court #102. In addition, he belongs to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 73, and the American Legion Kapperman Post 44 in Newburgh, Indiana. Steve is also a member of the Westside Sportsman's Club.
Steve began his path in 2011 on the Hadi Shrine Divan as a Divan assistant. In 2012, Steve had the honor of being appointed Chief Aide by Illustrious Sir, Phil Smith. Later that year he was appointed Outer Guard on the Hadi Shrine Divan. As per his duties on the Divan, he has enjoyed every opportunity to chair or co-chair all committees and events for our Shrine Temple. Along with Ill. Sir Phil Smith, Steve co-created the Hadi Sportsman's Raffle and chaired the event from its inception in 2012 through 2016. Steve is very proud to serve his community through Hadi Shrine and is dedicated to ensuring the continuation of the mission of our Shrine community, to help children in need.