Burle C. Hawthorne, 92, of Burnet, Texas, passed away Nov. 14, 2015. He was a son of Herbert J. and Cordia (Baze) Hawthorne, born in Comanche, Oklahoma, on Dec. 3, 1922. During his early years, he traveled with his family throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, attending 13 different schools before graduating from high school in Shreveport, Louisiana.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Chandeleur in the Pacific Theatre.
After the war, along with his father, he started Herb J. Hawthorne Inc. in Houston, manufacturing drilling tools for the oil field industry. He married Marilee Schmid in 1946, and they had three children. Later, he co-owned H&E Enterprises of Houston. He moved his family to Burnet in 1966 and continued ranching and raising registered Charolais cattle.
Burle was a born-again believer, attending and serving at Thorton Street Baptist Church of Houston, Thompson Community Church of Cypress and First Baptist Church of Burnet and working with the Bethlehem pageant in Burnet for several years. He also taught Sunday school.
God called Burle home on Nov. 14, 2015.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, B.J. and Dick Gilmour, Kelly and Trudy Hawthorne and Skip and Svetlana Hawthorne; eight grandchildren, Meredith and Wes Hart, Kate and Lee Benton, Matt and Melody Hawthorne, West and Soleil Hawthorne, Haley and Josh Bradley and Christopher Gilmour; 10 great-grandchildren, Payton, Sadie, Eden, Shepherd and Brigham, Hart, Kylee and Baze Benton, Aurora Gilmour and Selah Hawthorne.
Burle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilee Hawthorne; brother, Murle Hawthorne; sister, Macy Stockard; and grandsons Daniel and Timothy Gilmour.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Peniel, a Christian camp, at 6716 FM 1431 East, Marble Falls, TX 78654.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Edgar & Jenkins Family Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444. A graveside service is 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Post Mountain Cemetery in Burnet with Dr. Thomas Bohmfalk and the Highland Lakes Honor Guard officiating. Pallbearers will be Matt Hawthorne, Wes Hart, Payton Hart, Lee Benton, Roger Lawson and Robbie Penick.
“His Master said to him, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21