Hawthorn's in 2015

Helping Families Connect, Honor & Remember

Can you believe it’s been another year? For your friends here at Hawthorn’s we want to take time to wish you and yours a blessed new year.  For us it has been a blessed year of service to this community we love.  We thank so many families for thinking of us in their time of need.  We are so honored to be thought of.  We do understand the importance of trusting us with those you love and cherish, and we commit ourselves to the best care we can offer, physically and emotionally.  We begin 2015 with the same commitment we have practiced over these many decades, to treat others as we would be treated.  Funeral service is a grand tradition.  The traditions were not just taught to us, they were created by the Hawthorn Family as the first and foremost funeral home in Carthage and Panola County, Texas.  We keep these traditions alive and move forward further into the 21st century remembering who we are and where we came from, creating new traditions in this new era of funeral service. 

          Mr. Carlton H. Shamburger.

Karen and I wish to thank every staff and Ladies Auxiliary member and their families for their dedication, decorating talents, and willingness too put forth the labor of love preparing for and helping present the 20th Service of Remembrance. We are blessed for their service to Hawthorn Funeral Home and our community.

Click the photo to view our Service of Remembrance video.

- Carlton H. Shamburger


  • Carlton and Karen, Where do I begin with thanking you? It was a pleasure to have you guide me and the family members through the arrangements. And then the memorial Gideon Bible and barbeque tray! How wonderful and thoughtful! I was glad that you and Daddy knew each other, and for you to tell me Karen had asked Daddy to play at her funeral! So sweet! Thank you over and over for all your help and for a lovely service. May God bless you.
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    B. Davis
  • Carlton, New things we learned at the 20th Annual Service of Remembrance: - how and "in what" the natural decor and other decorations are stored; - the identity of the creators of the decor, and that Alice is a florist; and - how the empty crates are used during the service. The printed program is a treasure with beautiful pictures of the decor and people who have made it all possible. Thank you for providing this event.
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    The Roethkes
  • Dear Friends, Thanks to one and all for a very nice Service of Remembrance. It lifts my heart each year. May our Lord bless and keep you. Thanks again.
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    W.J. Jaynes
  • Thank you all so much for your part in making Marian's service so special and beautiful. Your attention to every detail made it so lovely, and your ministry to everyone is so appreciated. Marian loved each of you and her time with you. Thank you for uplifting us in your thought and prayers. With love.
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    Sidney, Spencer, and Deborah
  • Carlton & Karen Shamburger, & Staff. We want to tell you how pretty Donnie's casket was. You did so good to make him look at rest. The tray of food was delicious, and we appreciated it. Thank you for all you did to help us through this time.
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    D. Langford Family
  • Thank you so much for the beautiful personalized memorial volume we received dedicated to our sweet mother. We are so blessed to live in a community with such kind and caring people. Your kindness to our family will always be remembered.
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    D. Landtroop Family
  • I would like to once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your help with our annual Peace Officer Memorial service. This year, as always, was a beautiful service! We are so blessed to have kind people like you who volunteer and donate their time and resources to make this service possible. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated, and if we can ever be of service to you, please let me know. You and your entire staff are a true blessing to me and the Sheriff's office.
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    Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake
  • THANK YOU!! Every single detail and arrangement associated with the funeral and burial were done with excellence and care and dignity. We have always known this to be the case with Hawthorn Funeral Home. Your services were again equal to the best of all standards... You made my mother's final days worthy of remembering always... All of our family was thrilled at the beautiful way you presented Mother in the casket!! You so accurately captured her at the height of her life of teaching, serving, loving, and caring for everyone she came in contact with!! This again was a perfect chapter in her amazing life!! Mr. Shamburger, please express again our genuine appreciation to each of those on your staff for making the funeral of my mother another of the wonderful experiences we always enjoyed and expected with her. THANK YOU!!
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    J.B. Hull
  • Thanks so much for all the kindness shown to our family during our loss. The service, the way our mom looked, everything you did for us was just perfect. Our mom looked simply gorgeous. We could not have asked for anything better. Thanks again and a special thanks to Brandon. We appreciate all of you so much.
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    R. and D. Wall, K. and S. Caldwell, R. McAfoos
  • Thanks so much for all of your expressions of love. The service was beautiful. Everything was perfect. We truly do feel at home at Hawthorn's. We were blessed by each of you.
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    M. and K.

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