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John Thomas (Tom) Hawley, Sr. born 12-02-1928 to Emmett F. and Ocie Mae Hawley in Breckenridge, TX, and passed away March 11, 2014 in Abilene. He spent most of his early life with his grandparents, Claude and Florence Hawley.

When older friends were entering the service, he tried to enlist at 16 and later was accepted when he turned 17. Upon completion of his military service, he graduated from Austin High School. He then graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in geology in 1955. He began working for Graridge Corp. and later established a consulting office in Wichita Falls.

He loved the outdoors and had a small ranch in Necessity. When the children were little he enjoyed taking them “to the country” to teach them about animals and nature.

Tom was a long-time member of First Christian Church, Breckenridge and First Christian Church, Wichita Falls. He also served on the Board of the North Texas Oil Library and the Breckenridge Bass Club.

 


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Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gwen Martin Hawley; his daughter, Susan Butler (Donnie), his sons, John Thomas, Jr. (Jeannie), and, Robert W. Hawley (Diane); grandchildren, Luke Jackson (Brittany), Melissa Bergman (Danny), Alicia Hawley, Kelsey Hawley, Noah Hawley, Eden McKissick-Hawley, Ben McKissick-Hawley, and one great grand-child, Andrew Bergman, and two sisters, Sue Patrick (Hugh) and Dorothy Short (Glen). He was preceded by his parents and grandparents.

 

A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Greg Porterfield officiating under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.

 

The family invites friends to leave a condolence or share a memory of Tom in the online guestbook at www.meltonkitchens.com. Memorials may be made to the Helping Hand Fund at First Christian Church, Meals on Wheels, or the donor's favorite charity.