May 30 1999

Thomas M. Hawksworth, native and longtime Nanty Glo resident

Webmaster's note: The following obituary is adapted from a Tulsa, Okla., newspaper.


Thomas M. Hawksworth passed away at home in Tulsa May 8 at the age of 75. He was the second-born child of David M. Hawksworth and Marie Andrea McTigue-Hawksworth on March 18, 1924 in Nanty Glo, Pa. He attended the local schools and the Methodist Episcopal Church in Nanty Glo. He worked for his father in the Heisley Mine power plant for several years.

Tom served in the US Navy during World War Two in communications on tanker ships in both theaters of war. Employed by American Airlines in 1956 in Pittsburgh, in radio communications, and 1957-61 in Roanoke, Va., before transferring to the AA maintenance base in Tulsa in 1962.

He retired from American Airlines after 35 years of service in the avionics field. He enjoyed his computer, doing hours of yard work, ham radio, dancing and traveling.

He was a member of the Tulsa Elks Lodge #946; American Relay League, Inc., Tulsa Unit.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne E. Hawksworth; a brother, Robert Hawksworth and his wife, Lois, of Brandenburg, Ky.; sister, Carmen Archer and her husband, Tony, of Ocala, Fla.; sister, Joanne Fedorchik of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; his children, Susan Hawksworth of Tulas, Mike Hawksworth and daughter-in-law Hope of Phoenix, Ariz.; Joel Hawksworth and daughter-in-law Carla of Sand Springs; Amy Larimore of Phoenix, Ariz.; Allyson Hawksworth of Tulsa; Maggie Hackler and son-in-law Bill, of Bixby, Okla.; Julie Hawksworth of Sand Springs; Marty Hawksworth of Tulsa; Eric Hawksworth of Tulsa; Gretchen Hawksworth of Plano, Tex.; and their mother, Joan Davis-Hawksworth of Tulsa. He is also survived by nine grandchildren. 10 step children, and nine step grandchildren.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society in Tulsa.

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