SPARTANBURG, SC-- Dr. Charles Benjamin Hanna, 92, husband of the late Lena Mae Bryant Hanna of 68 years, died on Friday, January 11, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.
Dr. Hanna was born in Enoree, SC on December 16, 1920, to the late Dr. Charles David and Ora Waldrep Hanna. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army Medical Corps. Charles earned his Bachelors of Science degree from The Citadel in 1941 and received his M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1944 where he also completed his Medical Internship. He completed his Fellowship with the American College of Surgeons in 1953 and received his certification with the American Board of Surgery in 1958. Dr. Hanna practiced in the area of General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Oncological Surgery from 1952 until his retirement in 1990. He was also appointed Professor of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. In March of 1997, Dr. Hanna was honored with the Hanna Laboratory for Retinal Research at the Medical University of South Carolina, and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor David Beasley, State of South Carolina. He was a past member of Alpha Omega Alpha Fraternity, a past member and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina, a past member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Drug Science Foundation, past member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia College, past member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity United Methodist Church, Spartanburg, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Spartanburg Mental Health Association. He was also a member of Enoree Lodge 222. Charles is survived by his two sons, Dr. Charles Benjamin Hanna, Jr. and his wife, Leah, of Spartanburg, and Dr. Richard Tinsley Hanna and his wife, Holly, of Simpsonville; one daughter, Rebecca Hanna Jones and her husband, Norman Fant Jones, Jr., of Mount Pleasant; a brother-in-law, Dr. Furnie Smith Bryant and his wife, Rosa; ten grandchildren, Jennifer Hanna Ammons and her husband, Damon, of Spartanburg, Charles Benjamin Hanna III and his wife, Jill, of Boiling Springs, Dr. Emily Hanna Crane and her husband, Barrett, of Clarksville, TN, Michael Phillip Hanna and his wife, Melissa, of Greer, Dr. Mary Hanna-Weir and her husband, Scot, of Washington, DC, Patrick McKenzie Hanna and his wife, Lauren, of Durham, NC, Norman Fant Jones III and Cadie of James Island, and Hanna-Betsill Jones of Mount Pleasant. Also step granddaughters, Dr. Sarah Fiorentino Roush and her husband, Seth, of LaVerne, TN, and Suzanne Fiorentino of Athens, GA; and Great grands include, Coleman Harrelson Ammons, William Tinsley Ammons, Arabella Sophia Hanna, Benjamin Hillen Hanna, Kathryn Allison Crane, Ethan Miles Crane, Luke Edward Roush, Jacob Ryan Hanna-Weir, Meredith Renee Hanna, and Rowan Fant Jones; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 1:00-1:45pm in the Mooneyham Room, Trinity United Methodist Church.
A celebration of Dr. Hanna's life will be Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 2:00pm, at Trinity United Methodist Church, conducted by Reverend Dr. Stephen Holler.
A private committal will be held at Trinity Church Columbarium with masonic rites.
The family will be at the home, 4 Woodburn Ridge Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302.
In remembrance of Dr. Hanna, memorials may be made to Dr. Charles and Lenay Hanna Endorsed Scholarship Fund MUSC, 169 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29345.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.JMDunbar.com
Dunbar Funeral Home