Lula Bee Hawthorne, 99, passed from this life into the presence of the Lord in heaven on Monday, August 13, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas, after several months of illness.
“Miss Bee” was born on September 5, 1912 in Durant, Texas, the first child of Claude and Ollie Stewart. She grew up East Texas in a loving home with five siblings in Wells, Texas. “Miss Bee” was married to Homer Hawthorne on October 5, 1933. Homer, who was a faithful husband and loving father, enjoyed a wonderful home life with “Miss Bee” and worked for 20 years for Humble Oil and Refinery (Exon Mobile) until his death in 1962. After her beloved husband died in 1962, “Miss Bee” began college at East Texas State University at the age of 50. She graduated four years later and began a career of teaching in the Como-Pickton School System for 23 years, retiring in 1989. “Miss Bee’s” greatest joy was being a part of the lives of her dear 2nd grade students.
After retirement, “Mama Bee”as she was lovingly called by her family, enjoyed family time and being a part of her beloved Pickton community, working in her yard and serving faithfully as a member of the Tabernacle Baptist church for more than 60 years. Her loving Pickton community friends and quilting group spent many delightful hours laughing, traveling together and serving others. This group became famous for their Friday escapades and hamburger luncheons at the Winnsboro Dairy Queen.
“Miss Bee” is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and John Lee of Winnsboro and Judy and Dude Turner of Lone Oak, her son and daughter-in-law Homer and Sharon and Hawthorne of Fort Worth, her six grandchildren, Dale Lee of Marshall, Matt Turner of Waskom, Jimmy Turner of Dallas, Anna Postell of Fort Worth, Rachel Hawthorne of Fort Worth and Elizabeth Justl of Arlington, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Hawthorne, grandchildren John Britt Lee and Retha Rodgers, her parents Claude and Ollie Stewart, and siblings, Dal Stewart, Lynn Dean Womack, Belvin Stewart, Johnnie Stewart and Billy Joe Stewart.
“Miss Bee’s” family would like to express their profound gratitude for the many expressions of love, sympathy and concern for our family and love and friendship in the life of our dear mother.
Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, August 15, 201,2 at Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro, Texas.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 16, at 11:00 AM at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Pickton, Texas, followed by burial in the Pickton Cemetery. Family will be served a complimentary dinner by the members of the Tabernacle Baptist Church and Pickton Methodist Church in the Tabernacle Family Center beside the Tabernacle Church.
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