William T. Cawthorne
1934 - 2020
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William T. Cawthorne

William T. Cawthorne was born in Shreveport LA on March 2, 1934. He died peacefully on November 10, 2020 at the age of 86.

William was the oldest of eight children born to the late Tecolia and Gladys Cawthorne. His sister Clara and brothers Billy and Artis preceded him in death. William moved to Los Angeles as a teenager where he attended Locke High School. After graduation he joined the Air Force and later returned to continue his education at Pepperdine University. He built a successful career with Thrifty Drug Store, Inc. as one of their Regional Managers for 30+ years until his retirement. In 1988, he returned to Shreveport and lived his remaining years with his beloved wife, Roberta.

William was a devoted husband, had a passion for the game of golf, loved working in his yard and was dedicated to his religious faith. He participated on the Boards of the Louisiana State Fair and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for many years. He was an avid conversationalist and loved conversing with friends and family.

William is survived by his wife Roberta, his stepson Berton Keith and wife Lori, his siblings Minnie Patterson, Dorothy Torrence and husband William, Gloria Hadley and husband Ollie, Tyrone Cawthorne and wife Sandra, several extended family members and a host of spiritual brothers and sisters.

Due to COVID the family will be hosting a virtual service.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2020.
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November 20, 2020
Dear Roberta,
Pease accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Bill. We will miss his smiling face and him chatting with us in your yard. May his soul Rest In Peace.
Ken and Fleurette Abreo
November 17, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss....praying for the family. FROM MIKE MIDDLETON, phone/text 318.4649200
November 13, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I will love you and miss you always. William ( Willie T) ....Sorrow is a fleeting emotion, but love is infinite . May the Angels walk with you today and always...
Betty J. Hill ( Bea)
November 13, 2020
The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to William T. Cawthorne our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for William. To William it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Korean War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. William, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation and your community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family, church and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 985 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport and the 227 veterans of VFW Post 4588 in Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to William’s family and loved ones.

Bernt Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588-
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71112
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
Carroll R. Michaud
Served In Military Together
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