Mass of Christian Burial for Harry Edward Hawthorne Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at St. Augustine Church, Isle Breville, in Natchez with the Rev. Charlie Ray officiating. A gathering of friends will follow the Mass.
Harry Edward Hawthorne Jr.,79, of Melrose passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018, at CHRISTUS Dubuis Hospital of Alexandria surrounded by his family.
Harry is preceded in death by his mother, Estelle Weaver Hawthorne and his sister, Gail Hawthorne Clarke.
Harry retired as Chief Engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service after 32 years of service committed to preserving our lands for future generations. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Engineering; where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the LSU Marching Band. Harry belonged to the Natchitoches Parish Knights of Columbus and was the Chairman of the Board for the Volunteer Fire Department. Throughout his career, Harry developed innovative engineering methods and published several manuals for land restoration and preservation. He was a true intellectual and was always willing to teach everything he knew to anyone who wanted to listen. Harry loved Cane River and being outdoors, and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of St. Augustine/St. Ann Church in Natchez. Above all, Harry loved his family and was a loyal friend.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Dee Ann Ullrich Hawthorne; three children, Harry R. Hawthorne II, M.D., and wife Cynthia Marie, W. Scott Hawthorne and Deborah D. Hawthorne Gulbrand and husband Kurt Jon; two brothers, Hal Weaver Hawthorne and wife Patricia Louise and Gary Rivers Hawthorne and wife Kimberly Brooke; six grandchildren, Danielle Lauren Hawthorne, Courtney Elizabeth Hawthorne, Jonathan Ryan Hawthorne, Samantha Ashley Hawthorne, Colton Karl Gulbrand and Bryce Edward Gulbrand.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harry R. Hawthorne II, M.D., W. Scott Hawthorne, Kurt Jon Gulbrand, Jonathan Ryan Hawthorne, Hal Weaver Hawthorne, Gary Rivers Hawthorne, Joe Thibodeaux and Harold Bayonne.
In lieu of flowers, the Hawthorne family requests donations be sent to the Salvation Army, P.O. 829, Alexandria, LA 71309-0829.
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