Don T. "Gunny" Hackworth (1935 - 2011)

Don T. "Gunny" Hackworth, 76, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at a Bonham veterans' home. Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Fielder Road Baptist Church. Interment: 1:15 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the funeral home. Memorials: Donations may be made in, lieu of flowers, to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the American Cancer Society . A native of Texarkana, Don retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 21 years of service which included tours in Korea and Vietnam, where he fought during the Tet Offensive including the Battle of Khe Sanh. Don also had tours with the Marine Security Detachments assigned to the American Embassy in Oslo, Norway, and London, England. At age 12, he acted and sang in the touring company of the Broadway musical "Tom Sawyer." He loved nature, music and dancing, and was especially known for his gregarious personality and candid sense of humor.
After retiring from military service, he worked as a salesman for American Homes, and was district manager for Encyclopedia Britannica. He was also director of facilities at Fielder Road Baptist Church. Don married his wife Virginia in Texarkana in 1973 before moving to the D/FW area in 1975. They enjoyed spending time on the lake or just watching birds and squirrels in the yard. Survivors: Loving wife of 38 years, Virginia; sons, Alan, Patrick, Vic and Stephen; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and brother, Mike.

Published in Star-Telegram on January 23, 2011

Guest Book:

January 30, 2011
Virginia, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. From me and my staff, our hearts and prayers go out to you during this doubly difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
Allen Haynes,
Ar, Texas

January 27, 2011
Virginia, I'm thinking of you and your family. God bless you.
Annette Harwell Parker

January 24, 2011
We will miss his humorous ways! Will never forget him and his hat! We love you Virginia - and we are just praying for blessings upon you at this time!
Love - Kelly & Shelby Hinna
Arlington, Texas

January 23, 2011
The time that I knew you I will remember..... you were always saying or doing something funny and always made us laugh ! I appreciate the time that God allowed me to know you! May God bless your family through this time! A wink from earth to heaven ;) ..... see u again someday !
* Tyrone & Yvonne Mitchell & kids *

January 23, 2011
It is a blessing from God that we were given the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with Mr. Don in our Sunday school class at Fielder Road Baptist Church. We loved his ability to "light up a room" with his loving personality and sense of humor along with his passion for Christ. He will truly be missed.
Latonya S. Pegues
Fielder Road Baptist Church
Arlington, Texas