OBITUARY

Shannon Wayne Hawthorne

December 18, 1942April 9, 2018
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Shannon Wayne Hawthorne, 75, of the Jearoldstown Community, passed away at his home Monday night, April 9, surrounded by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lyons “Bill” Hawthorne and Lovely Venus Russell Hawthorne.

Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years: Gloria King Hawthorne; daughters and sons-in-law: Christa and Vince Nardini of Toms River, New Jersey, Joy and James Lyons and Shani Hawthorne of Fall Branch, Tennessee; five grandchildren: Ethan Douthat, Donevan and Dominique Douthat, Mason Douthat, Cameron Douthat, and Madi Douthat; four great grandchildren: Emma Douthat, Trinity Sells, Rebecca and Anthony Saults; and step granddaughter: Tammy Clouse. He is also survived by special sister and brothers-in-law: Pat and Wayne Kelton, Willis King; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jr. and Genell King; and nephews and nieces.

He was former principal and teacher at Greeneville Christian Academy as well as instructor of finance and accounting at Steed College before starting his military career with the Tennessee Army National Guard. During his 37+ year career, he served with Det 1 376th Sig Co in Greeneville, 1129th Trans Co, Troop G 2/278th and HHT 2/278th in Kingsport. Shannon retired in September of 1998, having achieved the rank of 1st Sergeant and received numerous distinguished medals, ribbons, and citations.

He was a faithful member of Fellowship Baptist Church when his health allowed.

The family would like to recognize 3/278th ACR of TN Army National Guard and the staff of Amedisys Hospice Care of Greeneville.

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Danny Ellis officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Greene County Honor Guard and the Tennessee National Guard.

  • FAMILY

  • Gloria King Hawthorne, Wife of 40 years
  • Christa and Vince Nardini, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Joy and James Lyons, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Shani Hawthorne, Daughter
  • Ethan Douthat, Grandchild
  • Donevan and Dominique Douthat, Grandchild and Spouse
  • Mason Douthat, Grandchild
  • Cameron Douthat, Grandchild
  • Madi Douthat, Grandchild
  • Emma Douthat, Great Grandchild
  • Trinity Sells, Great Grandchild
  • Rebecca Saults, Great Grandchild
  • Anthony Saults, Great Grandchild
  • Tammy Clouse, Step-Granddaughter
  • Pat and Wayne Kelton, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Willis King, Brother-in-law
  • Jr. and Genell King, Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law
  • William Lyons "Bill" Hawthorne, Father
  • Lovely Venus Russell Hawthorne, Mother
  • He also leaves several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

Shannon Wayne Hawthorne

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Alvin Case

April 12, 2018

I worked with Sgt. Hawthorne for a lot of years and I'll have to say he was a good man, good solider and a good friend. He helped me many times when he really didn't have to. That's the kind of man and solider he was. He was always concerned for his people. I know he will be missed by his family and he will be missed by his brothers in uniform. Godspeed Sergeant Shannon W. Hawthorne, I'll see you in the first formation on the other side and we'll march together again.

Dennis Adams

April 12, 2018

1SG Hawthorne was a great leader and mentor. He was always soldier oriented and made sure they were taken care of. His ability to organize teams to complete a task was amazing. He made such a positive impact on my career and I owe so much to him. He will be missed by all. I know that Shannon is on the advance detachment making sure all is ready for us!! God bless his family. I volunteer Sir!

Dennis Adams
Col (R) 8th Commander 278th ACR

James Hampton

April 12, 2018

Gloria my thoughts are with you today, having walked this path I know something of this type of loss. Just know that I am thinking of you and praying for you and family.

Michael Miller

April 11, 2018

I would like to start off by saying that heaven has received an outstanding soldier. I can when remember when I was a 17 year old teenager, didn't know what I was going to do with my life....then one day I met SFC Hawthorne and SFC Lovelace after that day my life was never the same again....Shannon took me under his big loving wing and guided me thru a very successful military career.....he patted me on the back when I did good but on the other hand he didn't care to put tanker boot up my rear if I got out of line. He was a great Man, Friend, Mentor and most of all like s second dad to me.....I will greatly miss him...but we will meet again at Fiddler's Green where all old cav soldiers go to rest

Earl Morrell, SSG (ret) Troop F, 2/278th ACR

April 11, 2018

Remember Shannon as a very smart, caring man. Did my retirement papers. He told me when I got ready to draw my retirement to let him do my papers. Took care of everything and never had a problem. Just shows you what kind of man he was. Not many people would volunteer his services because there's a lot of work in doing that. But he was always a true friend. To Gloria, my deepest sympathy goes to you dear. Another person I'm honored to call friend. It doesn't make it much easier, but we both know Shannon is in a better place. My prayers are with you and all of the family.

Gary Price

April 11, 2018

I remember Shannon always being supportive and friendly every time our paths crossed. He was a wealth of knowledge about both the Tennessee Army National Guard and the 278th ACR. Me and my family will be praying for Gloria, Shannon’s children, and his entire family.

Ron Moore

April 11, 2018

Gloria, my thoughts and prayers. Shannon was a great soldier and so were you, you all were a great team! Ron

John Keen

April 11, 2018

Gloria and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Shannon was a great man, Soldier. Mentor, leader, friend, husband and father. He will be missed by so many that had the privilege to meet and know him. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. The video tribute was very nice and showed me more that I didn't know about Shannon. May he rest in peace with no more pain and suffering. He is now in God's hands.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Shannon Wayne Hawthorne, 75, of the Jearoldstown Community, passed away at his home Monday night, April 9, surrounded by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lyons “Bill” Hawthorne and Lovely Venus Russell Hawthorne.

Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years: Gloria King Hawthorne; daughters and sons-in-law: Christa and Vince Nardini of Toms River, New Jersey, Joy and James Lyons and Shani Hawthorne of Fall Branch, Tennessee; five grandchildren: Ethan Douthat, Donevan and Dominique Douthat, Mason Douthat, Cameron Douthat, and Madi Douthat; four great grandchildren: Emma Douthat, Trinity Sells, Rebecca and Anthony Saults; and step granddaughter: Tammy Clouse. He is also survived by special sister and brothers-in-law: Pat and Wayne Kelton, Willis King; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jr. and Genell King; and nephews and nieces.

He was former principal and teacher at Greeneville Christian Academy as well as instructor of finance and accounting at Steed College before starting his military career with the Tennessee Army National Guard. During his 37+ year career, he served with Det 1 376th Sig Co in Greeneville, 1129th Trans Co, Troop G 2/278th and HHT 2/278th in Kingsport. Shannon retired in September of 1998, having achieved the rank of 1st Sergeant and received numerous distinguished medals, ribbons, and citations.

He was a faithful member of Fellowship Baptist Church when his health allowed.

The family would like to recognize 3/278th ACR of TN Army National Guard and the staff of Amedisys Hospice Care of Greeneville.

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Danny Ellis officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Greene County Honor Guard and the Tennessee National Guard.