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/Funeral Director
Mr. Bob Cowan

Mr. Bob Cowan

Funeral Director
Mr. AJ Travis

Mr. AJ Travis

Apprentice Funeral Director
Mrs. Kyle Walker

Mrs. Kyle Walker

Secretary
Mr. Donny Honeycutt

Mr. Donny Honeycutt

Funeral Assistant
Mrs. Christi Cox

Mrs. Christi Cox

Funeral Assistant
Mr. John  Hardy

Mr. John Hardy

Pre-arrangement Counselor
Mr. Steve Sowell

Mr. Steve Sowell

Monument Salesman
Mr. Holden Saxton

Mr. Holden Saxton

Funeral Assistant/Grounds Keeper
Mrs. Reba Coxen

Mrs. Reba Coxen

Ladies Auxiliary
Mrs. Suzie Cowan

Mrs. Suzie Cowan

Ladies Auxiliary
Mrs. Richie Honeycutt

Mrs. Richie Honeycutt

Ladies Auxiliary
Mrs. Myra Morris

Mrs. Myra Morris

Ladies Auxiliary
Mrs. Bonita Phillips

Mrs. Bonita Phillips

Ladies Auxiliary
Mrs. Alice Cades Williams

Mrs. Alice Cades Williams

Funeral Assistant, Emeritus
Mr Jeramy Derrick

Mr Jeramy Derrick

In Memoriam ~ Funeral Director
Mr. Pete Williams

Mr. Pete Williams

In Memoriam ~ Chaplain
Mr. Bob Flemming

Mr. Bob Flemming

In Memoriam ~ Funeral Assistant
Mr Mark Burleson

Mr Mark Burleson

In Memoriam ~ Funeral Assistant/Grounds Keeper/Monument Salesman

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