Elmer Hawthorne entered this life October 15, 1930, in Beatrice Alabama. He was the oldest of eleven children born to the late Homer Hawthorne and Leila Grimes Hawthorne He enjoyed his childhood sharing a loving bond with family.
Elmer was educated in the Monroe County public school system and upon completion he moved to Montgomery Alabama to work with his father to support the family. He later enlisted in the United States Army where he served for two years. Upon being discharged he moved to Pensacola Florida, where he began his floral career working with his Aunt, Gertrude Rogers, a renowned florist in the city. He met and married the late Bertha Scott and to that union was born two daughters, Valerie and Milessa Hawthorne.
Elmer was employed by Tom's Wholesale House where he excelled in sales. He was later employed by Oscar G. Carlstedt Wholesale Florist, where he worked for over 50 years. Elmer loved people and he had a reputation for bringing joy and smiles to everyone.
Elmer joined Trinity Baptist Church where he was faithful member for over 50 years. He sang in the choir; was ordained a deacon; served as chairman of the deacons board; member of board of trustees, member of finance committee and other committees that promoted Christian unity. His Christian discipleship was evident by his dedication, support and compassion toward others. He later joined Olive Baptist Church and was a member of the Route 66 Connection Class.
He leaves to mourn his daughters; Valerie Benain, Milessa Nesbitt; Son; Fred Dukes (Carolyn) eight grandchildren: RaVonda, Ronnie,Jr(Teresa), Rhonda Stallworth(James), RaLonda Fletcher (Charles) Ronald (Khalin), Jarrod Benain, Fred Dukes, Jr. Jeana Emerick(Rick); twelve greatgrands; Five sisters and a host of nieces, nephews. cousins and loving friends.
Memorial Service will be held Monday, March 29, 2021 at !0:30am @ Barrancus Navy Base. Services entrusted to Joe Morris Funeral Home
Published in the Pensacola News Journal from Mar. 22 to Mar. 28, 2021.