Funeral Services for Mr. Royce Hanner, 86, of Ashburn, GA will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Ashburn First Baptist Church. Mr. Hanner went home to be with his Lord, Saturday at his residence following a short illness. Interment will be private in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Ashburn.
The son of the late Alto and Bessie Missouri Powell Hanner, Sr., he was born in Marion County, GA. Mr. Hanner was a member of the Ashburn First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. He served his country in the US Army as a Military Police Office during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Hanner was former owner and operator of Hanner TV Sales and Service for over 15 years. He was retired from the Turner County Board of Education where he was a Vo Tech teacher in electronics. Mr. Hanner believed in the young people and often commented, “Young people are an important part of my life”. He was selected Star Teacher in 1979, 1982, 1992 and 1994. In March of 1988, Mr. Hanner was selected to serve as coordinator of the Ft. Gordon Electronics Technology teachers. Mr. Hanner also served on the Turner County Board of Education from 1969 to 1972, the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Retail Merchants Association of Ashburn.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Hancock Hanner of Ashburn,GA; his children, Karen Williford of Jasper, GA; Donna Jean Foltz of Milledgeville, GA; Patricia Ann (Bill) Cason of Valdosta, GA; Linda (Tim) Bell of Sycamore, GA and Daniel Royce (Kim) Hanner of Gray, GA. His grandchildren, Tom Williford, Mary Ann Kapilevich, Mike Williford, David Foltz, Elizabeth Hawkins, Jessica Bell, Rachel Bell, Jared Bell, Ben Hanner, Daniel Hanner and Lyndsie Hanner. Also surviving are his brothers, Cecil Hanner of Columbus, GA and Boyce Hanner of Buena Vista, GA and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Sunday evening from Five until Seven at Perry Funeral Chapel in Ashburn.
For those that wish to do so, memorial gifts may be made in memory of Royce Hanner to Gideons International, PO Box 347, Sycamore, Georgia 31790.