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James Hawthorne


James L. Hawthorne Sr., 76, of Linglestown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 1, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born December 7, 1940 in Hummelstown and was the loving son of the late Russell and Myrtle (Oatman) Hawthorne.

James was a member of Harrisburg First Assembly of God, Harrisburg. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed sports. His favorite teams were the Flyers, Yankees and Giants.

In addition to his parents James was preceded in death by his wife Pamela (Herbert) Hawthorne, a son James Hawthorne Jr., two sisters Virginia Spangler and Anne Geyer, and four brothers Russell Jr., William, Charles and Frank Hawthorne.

James is survived by three daughters Deborah Shope of North Carolina, Diana Ranck (Deron) of Middletown, and Donna Fahler (George) of Shermansdale; a son Stephen Hawthorne (fiancée Margie) of Piketown; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two siblings Ruth Zeigler and Joseph Hawthorne.

A tribute to James’s life will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Harrisburg First Assembly of God, 4100 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, Pa., with the Rev. Terry Lamer officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

Interment will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg.

The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa. to handle the funeral arrangements.

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