Legendary gospel Walter Hawkins passed away Sunday at his home in Ripon, Calif.  After a battle with pancreatic cancer. Hawkins was a composer, pastor, and Grammy award winner.   He also performed with his wife, from whom he was divorced, Grammy-award winning diva Tramaine Hawkins.

Hawkins was born in Oakland and studied for his divinity degree at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley. While there, he recorded his first album called “Do Your Best” in 1972. The next year, he founded the Love Center Church in Oakland. Throughout the 1980’s, Hawkins recorded numerous CD’s and earned nine Grammy nominations along the way. 

His funeral plans are still in the works….