Our History

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.

A Long Tradition of Landmark Service

Early in the 1920s, Teeb Hawthorn owned the Hawthorn Hardware, which also served as an undertaking establishment, on the Square in Carthage, Texas. He had caskets to sell, a horse drawn hearse to rent and a Manager/undertaker. It was necessary, however, to send for an embalmer in the neighboring town of Henderson – and of course it was understood that the family would take care of the burial. Teeb’s son, Neal Hawthorn, was licensed and working with him. Years later after Teeb’s death, the funeral business was moved across town to a house owned by the Hawthorn family, and the hardware business was taken over by the manager and his son.



The largest renovation of the home was undertaken in1965, with the help of the architectural firm of Raiford L. Stripling in San Augustine, Texas, with the addition of a full sanctuary providing ample seating, music room and private family seating. The new addition included the formal porches and the architectural columns, which give such presence to the home today.


The landmark service our funeral home was founded upon was established by the Hawthorn Family. They understood true service to the families of Panola County. This landmark service we were built on continues today.  Many employees still here today continue to teach the Hawthorn way of service as they learned from our founders. It is our task to take this level of service into the next century and continue the Landmark Service, which has set the standard in Panola County.