Samuel Lee Hawthorne


Samuel "Sam" Lee Hawthorne, formerly of Howland Township, Warren, Ohio, passed to be with his Lord and Savior after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's on Sunday (Sept. 1, 2019). He was 85.
Sam was born at the Mercer Cottage Hospital in Findley Township on March 7, 1934, to the late John Carmen Hawthorne and Mary Elizabeth Oakes Hawthorne.
He was raised in the small town of Leesburg on the farm his father owned. Living on a dairy farm meant numerous responsibilities for Sam, even at a very young age.
Beginning in first grade, Sam began to help his father and brother on their farm.
His duties as a child included milking the cows twice a day, feeding all the animals and gathering the eggs.
After World War II, his father bought a milking machine, which Sam then used to milk the cows. When Sam finished milking the cows, they would bottle the milk and sell it.
As he got older, Sam would work in the garden and drive the tractor to gather the hay. Sam would work Monday through Saturday on the farm.
On Sundays, his family would go to church in the morning and take the day off. This was the little free time he had growing up, and this is when he and some of the other kids would play tag or kick the can.
Sam's parents had instilled in him to always work hard and to do his best, and that is what he did, whether it was working on the farm or studying at school.
Sam graduated from Grove City High School. He later graduated from Grove City College, where he majored in accounting and, upon graduation, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.
During his college years, Sam still had his responsibilities at home in addition to his schoolwork. Every day at 5 a.m., he would get up and milk the cows. After milking the cows, he would commute from home to his classes at Grove City.
Following classes, he would come home, finish his work on the farm and study. Sam was an excellent and ambitious student in college and scheduled as many classes as he could during his first few years.
By his senior year, he had completed all his required classes and it was possible for him to graduate college after only three years as opposed to four.
Due to his contract with the military, he had to complete the four years regardless. While a student at Grove City College, Sam was presented with the Douglas Aircraft Award, symbolic of academic achievement in Air Science course of instruction and where he led all other senior AFROTC Cadets and was the Squadron Commander with the corps organization.
Upon graduation from college he served in the Air Force (three years active, 10 years Reserves) and was discharged with the rank of captain in September 1969.
He married Eleu Frances Wilkin on April 6, 1957; she preceded him in death on Feb. 23, 2017. They were married for 59 years. She was the love of his life.
Eleu passed on just shy of their 60th wedding anniversary.
Sam retired from General Motors (Packard Electric Division) after a successful 33-year career in accounting and data processing.
Sam also was an evening adjunct faculty member at Youngstown State University for 10 years, teaching data processing courses. Additionally, Sam was a successful sole proprietor of S&N Income Tax Service for more than 30 years before selling the business in 2007.
In earlier years, Sam had been a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying.
Sam was an active member of Calvary United Presbyterian Church for more than 35 years and in more recent years at North-Mar Church.
While at Calvary United Presbyterian Church, Sam was a church elder, Sunday school teacher and youth leader.
While at North-Mar he was a church elder, active for years in the Wednesday Bible Study program and loved hosting church picnics at the "Hawthorne Farm."
He enjoyed collecting antiques, traveling to visit his kids and grandkids and working around the family farm in Leesburg.
Survivors include: a daughter, R. Kay Bruni (Jim) of Pittsburgh; and two sons, Jeff W. Hawthorne of Leesburg, Springfield Township, and Joel L. Hawthorne (Jody) of Nashville, Tenn.
Sam also leaves his sister, JoAnn (Ron) Braun of Renfrew, as well as eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death is his brother, John Oakes (Jack) Hawthorne.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Heroes Supporting Heroes, 7313 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. The vision of HSH is to support stable and safe housing for military members and their families, senior citizens and others in need in order to honor God.

Samuel "Sam" Lee, 85, formerly of Howland Township, Warren, Ohio.
Calling hours: From 3 to 7 p.m. Friday (9-6-19) at the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, in the village of Leesburg, 1778 Perry Highway, Volant.
Service: Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (9-7-19) at the funeral home, with Sam's sons, the Rev. Jeff Hawthorne, pastor of Brent CMA Church, and Joel Hawthorne co-officiating.
Interment: Leesburg Cemetery. Lunch for family and friends will follow at noon at the Leesburg ECO Presbyterian Church, 1831 Perry Highway, Volant.
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Published on September 4, 2019
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Bob & Bonnie Summers
Sep 17, 2019
So sorry to hear that Sam had passed. Sam and Eleu were great friends and backyard neighbors in Howland. We really enjoyed their company and going with them their farm in Springfield Twp. We have missed them greatly in the last few years.
Linda Pollard
Sep 05, 2019
I am so sorry for the passing of your father. Prayers to all the family.
Smith Funeral Home
Sep 04, 2019