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Cecil Wendell HANNAFORD


1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Cecil Wendell HANNAFORD Obituary
HANNAFORD, Cecil Wendell May 12, 1924 - Oct. 30, 2017 Born in Calhoun County, Mississippi, to James Thomas and Dora Alice Foster Hannaford, Cecil Wendell Hannaford was the youngest of four boys. Cecil served in the Army during WWII, landing on Omaha Beach soon after D-Day and subsequently saw action with the 110th Infantry, 28th Division in the Battle of the Bulge in France and Germany. For his injuries and service, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Cecil retired from the military after serving in the Air Force Reserve and was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of World Wars, and the Military Officers Association of America. Cecil completed his Bachelors Degree in Business at Mississippi College and married Mary Joe Pettit in 1949. The couple had a son, Thomas Dixon and a daughter, Joey. Cecil pursued a successful career in the life insurance and retirement planning business in Jackson. The family then moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1971, and Cecil became the Director of Retirement Planning for the Board of Pensions, Presbyterian Church (USA). Cecil was preceeded in death by his three brothers, Maurice, Arnold and JT, and by his wife Mary Joe Pettit Hannaford. He is survived by a son, Thomas Dixon Hannaford, daughter Joey Hannaford, son-in-law James Anderson, two grandchildren, Christopher Thomas and Mary Margaret Hannaford, and his second wife, Doris Jacobs Thompson Singleton Hannaford. Cecil Wendell Hannaford will always be remembered for his integrity, steady and unfailing loyalty, faithfulness, kindness, wit, wisdom, and most of all for his ability to listen carefully and respectfully to anyone who needed a friend. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy of courage, grace and dignity will carry on in many ways through all who knew him and were influenced by his example. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 10, 6-8pm at Patterson's Funeral Home in Sandy Springs. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 1pm at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody, GA with a graveside service shortly afterwards at Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs. There will be an informal reception following the graveside service at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church, Dunwoody. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cecil Wendell Hannaford Memorial Fund at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church, Dunwoody, GA.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 5, 2017
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