Bennett Warren Hawthorne, Jr., age 78, of Lebanon, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital with his loving wife by his side.
He was born on May 22, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia to the late Bennett Warren Hawthorne, Sr. and Thelma Bailey Hawthorne. Warren studied history at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, earning a bachelor’s degree. His early life saw him selling textbooks and teaching English in Barranquilla, Colombia. Warren spent the better part of his career in the tobacco industry, traveling to Greece, Romania, Lebanon, Argentina, and up and down the American South. As part-owner of Growers Tobacco Warehouse in Lebanon, Kentucky, one would usually find Warren fervently engaged in the selling process or rubbing elbows with the local farmers. After selling his own warehouse, Warren remained in Lebanon and continued his work in tobacco sales, managing and operating the Philip Morris Receiving Station.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; step-mother, Mary Charles Hawthorne; sister, Hazel Streb.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Blandford-Hawthorne of Lebanon; two daughters, Meghan McConomy (Andrew) of Houston, TX, Caitlyn Pullins (Brad) of Whitsett, NC; two step-sons, R. Patrick Blandford (Jenny) of Maumee, OH, Ted H. Blandford (Dan) of Lexington, KY; step-daughter, Holly Ryan (Kenneth) of Flat Rock, MI; two sisters, Elaine Clem (Lindsey) of Richmond, VA, Faye Openshaw (Jim) of Mount Pleasant, NC; nine grandchildren, Madelyn Pullins, Bennett Pullins, Caroline McConomy, Jack McConomy, Jacob (Rachel) Ryan, Nicholas Ryan, Kate Ryan, Daniel Blandford, Katie Blandford.
Also surviving are a host of nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 04, 2021 at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 03, 2021 at Bosley Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. officiated by Rev. Deacon Joseph R. Dant.
Pallbearers are, Brad Pullins, Andrew McConomy, Jacob Ryan, Nicholas Ryan, Daniel Blandford, Jude Buckman, Tom Brashear, and Steve Greene.
Honorary Pallbearers are Members of the Salot Cabin Supper Club.
Graveside services will be held 10am Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Dundas Baptist Church Cemetery in Dundas, Virginia
In Lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may take place in form of contributions to St. Augustine Catholic School, 236 S. Spalding Avenue, Lebanon, KY 40033.