October 25, 1935 - July 13, 2020
Ernest Hugh Hawthorne was born October 25, 1935 to Jefferson Monroe Hawthorne and Ophelia Ruth (Williams) in his great aunt’s home in Mart, Texas. He lived in many Texas communities as a young child while his family moved from job site to job site with HB Zachary Co., but the family eventually settled back in Mart where Ernest graduated from Mart High School in 1954. He attended Baylor University and was a member of the ROTC. He graduated in 1958 with a B.A. in Statistics.
After graduating from Baylor, Ernest served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from January 1959 to June 1962.
Ernest met his best friend, A. David Ewing, while at Baylor. David met and fell in love with Alma Lavonne (Bonnie) Garner. During their courtship, they introduced Ernest to Bonnie’s younger sister, Judy. It did not take long for Ernest to decide that Judy was the one for him. Ernest and Judy married in 1960 in the living room of his parent’s home and were happily married for 59 years.
Ernest spent most of his career working in management consulting and administration for Southwestern Bell, Arthur Andersen & Co, and McKinsey & Co. He was also a proud owner of Fantastic Sam’s franchises for many years.
Ernest lived and breathed Baylor University and enjoyed all things sports. He continued to follow Mart High School football attending playoff games throughout the years. He and Judy spent many fall weekends in the stands at Floyd Casey Stadium cheering on the Baylor Green and Gold. He had two televisions setup in the living room at home and was known to have two games on at once. The remotes were set so that he could quickly switch the games back and forth from the small screen to the big screen when the play got intense. He was elated when the BU women’s basketball team began winning national championships.
Judy is an avid gardener and Ernest shared and supported her passion by working hour after hour tending their flower beds and gardens. They were members of the Collin County Rose Society for many years and participated as one of the homes featured in the annual Rose Society garden tour for five years. At one point they had nearly 100 rose bushes in their gardens.
For many years, Ernest filled a lot of his leisure time building and flying remote control airplanes. He served as treasurer for the North Dallas RC club for several years building and enjoying relationships with the other flyers. He and a group of retirees regularly visited the flying field each Tuesday, more commonly known as Old Farts Day. One prop got the better of him as he tested the engine, loosing part of one thumb in the blink of eye. But undeterred, he continued his weekly treks to the field to enjoy his many friendships.
Often while gardening, getting the mail, or picking up the morning paper, Ernest would engage with neighbors as they enjoyed a morning walk or worked their own gardens. He enjoyed visiting with and getting to know his neighbors and was always on alert for any odd goings-on in the neighborhood. He eventually became known as somewhat of the neighborhood busy body.
Lovingly known as Granddaddy, he cherished time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He often entertained them on game days by letting them ‘push the button’ on the football shaped cashew dispenser that played the first chords of the NFL theme song as it opened (dun, du, du, dun!). He delighted family during the holidays with batches of his homemade fudge. He was also known to delay the opening of gifts on Christmas Eve by exclaiming to the children that we could not open gifts until someone had milked the cow! Of course, there was no cow, leading to a fair amount of confusion and questionable looks. Granddaddy dutifully attended and enjoyed watching his family at sporting events, dance recitals, and band and choir performances.
Ernest and Judy had the opportunity to travel during their retirement, taking a cruise down the Danube river, visiting Russia, and enjoying a cruise and train ride through Alaska. Ernest thoroughly enjoyed the dogsledding excursion in Alaska and became somewhat attached to one sled dog puppy named Wuggles. They also traveled within the United States visiting several coastal destinations that led to a love of lighthouses and a collection that represents each of the lighthouses they visited.
Ernest enjoyed a good Scotch or glass of wine in the evenings as he watched the news, Wheel of Fortune and NCIS (always a Ziva fan!) or simply enjoying early evening on the patio. He also read, read, read, read, read. For years, he read both the morning and evening editions of the city newspapers and always had a novel chairside.
He was not really an adventurous eater, but basically a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He spent a lifetime refusing to each chicken declaring it unfit for human consumption and often proclaiming that he was ‘not going to eat no frickin’ chicken’! But not too long ago he shocked us all by trying a chicken tender from Raising Cain’s at a family gathering. We had to get a picture as proof to family not in attendance!
Some of his favorites included: chocolate chip cookies and coffee for breakfast, yellow roses, Chivas scotch, listening to the rain and watching thunderstorms. He often said that when he became feeble, we should just push him out into the yard so that he could admire and howl at the moon.
Ernest is preceded in death by his father Jefferson Monroe Hawthorne, his mother Ophelia Ruth (Williams) Hawthorne, and brother John William Hawthorne. He is survived by his wife Judy Carol (Garner) Hawthorne, daughter Cynthia Gayle David & son-in-law Randall Lee David, son Gary Ernest Hawthorne & daughter-in-law Rebecca Ellen Hawthorne, grandchildren Melissa Gayle Kyle (Ricky), Rachel Leigh Chism (Danny), Sarah Ann Hawthorne, Mary Elizabeth Brunson (Kory), Emily Carol Hawthorne, Michael Monroe Hawthorne, Shawnee Janice Bauman (Bryce), Nikole Marjorie Rees (Ashton); 6 great grandchildren; his sister Jacquelyn Ruth Godwin and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday July 17 from 2pm-4pm at Aria Cremation Services and Funeral Home at 19310 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the A. David Ewing Memorial Scholarship Fund at Baylor University, PO Box 97026, Waco, TX 76798.
Sic ‘em Bears!!!
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