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Dr. Allen Thomas Hansell Sr.

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Dr.  Allen Thomas Hansell Sr. Obituary
Dr. Allen Thomas Hansell Sr.

Dr. Allen Thomas Hansell, Sr. passed away on May 10, 2017, following a battle with cancer. Allen was married to Lois Carper Hansell for 56 years until her death on December 27, 2015. Allen celebrated his 80th birthday on November 25, 2016. He was the son of the late William M. Hansell, Sr. and Elizabeth Mae Conner Hansell, both of Middletown, VA.

Allen had four brothers and two sisters- Kenneth, Calvin, Bill, Ben, Vesta and Elsie Jean. He is survived by Vesta Trenary who lives in Scottsville, KY.

His three children are: Deborah Lynn Faulkner, married to Dave, of Owosso, MI; Allen Thomas Hansell, Jr., married to Amy, of Lincoln University, PA; and David Christopher Hansell, Sr., married to Stephanie, of Middletown, DE. The family also includes nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Allen graduated from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA in 1964 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Religion. He obtained his Master's of Divinity degree in 1967 from Bethany Theological Seminary and finally a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1983 from the same institution.

Allen served as a Pastor for 25 years in DE, PA and MD. His years of pastoral ministry were followed by nine years as the Executive of the Atlantic Northeast District Church of the Brethren, and four years as the denomination's Director of Ministry. He retired in 2006 as the Director of Church Relations at Elizabethtown College, although he remained as a member of the Board of Trustees until his passing.

At the time of his death, he had completed several successful years as a member of the campaign committee of Elizabethtown College's Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, an effort that was very dear to his heart.

Memorial Services will be held at the Wilmington Church of the Brethren 27 Belmont Ave, Wilmington, DE 19804 on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 pm. Family will greet friends from 4:30-6:30 pm, prior to the service. A second service will be held at the Salem Church of the Brethren, 425 Salem Church Rd Stephens City, VA 22655 on Saturday, June 10th at 11:00 am. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to the Lois C. Hansell Be An Angel Project, Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17606. Please visit Allen's Memorial Page at
Published in The News Journal on May 28, 2017
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