Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

We are so honored to be thought of by families in their time of need.  Because we do understand the importance of trusting us with those you love and cherish, we commit ourselves to the best care we can offer physically and emotionally.  In 2019 we pledge the same commitment we have practiced over these many decades, to treat others as we would be treated.  Funeral service is a grand tradition.  Our 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 into the 21st century remembering who we are and where we came from and creating new traditions in this new era of funeral service. 

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Mr. Carlton H. Shamburger

Mr. Carlton H. Shamburger

Owner/Operator
Read Bio
Mr. Donny Honeycutt

Mr. Donny Honeycutt

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Mr. Bob Fleming

Mr. Bob Fleming

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Mr. Bob Cowan

Mr. Bob Cowan

Funeral Director
Read Bio
Mrs. Kelly Cox

Mrs. Kelly Cox

Funeral Director
Mr. John  Hardy

Mr. John Hardy

Pre-arrangement Counselor
Read Bio
Mrs. Trudy Craig

Mrs. Trudy Craig

Administrative Assistant
Read Bio
Mr. Steve Sowell

Mr. Steve Sowell

Maintenance
Read Bio
Mrs. Alice Cades Williams

Mrs. Alice Cades Williams

Funeral Assistant, Emeritus
Read Bio
Mr. Mark Burleson

Mr. Mark Burleson

Longtime Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Mr. Don Honeycutt

Mr. Don Honeycutt

Longtime Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Mr. Mark Osborne

Mr. Mark Osborne

Director/Owner
Alice Hawthorn Osborne

Alice Hawthorn Osborne

Owner
Read Bio
Mr. Neal Adolphus Hawthorn

Mr. Neal Adolphus Hawthorn

Owner/Funeral Director
Read Bio
Mr. Melvin

Mr. Melvin "Junior" Johns Jr.

Grave Digger
Read Bio
Mr. Melvin Johns Sr.

Mr. Melvin Johns Sr.

Grave Digger
Read Bio

Our location.

Learn exactly where we are, plus how and when to arrive.