Paul Hawthorne Hanna

Athens, Georgia

1927 - 2020 (Age 92)


August 27, 2020
Athens, Georgia


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Paul Hawthorne Hanna died peacefully on August 27, 2020, at age 92, from Parkinson's disease.Paul was born in Atlanta, GA on September 5, 1927 to Kate Pendley Hanna and James Jacob Hanna. He graduated from Decatur High School, served in the U.S. Navy, attended Oglethorpe University, and received...

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He was so dear to me and made a big impact on my college years at the Wesley Foundation. I loved his kindness, sweet spirit, and true intellect. All my thoughts are with the family.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Paul was such a kind man. He was my pastor at Covington First when the church needed some healing! May he find peace with God

Many years ago he was my youth pastor at FUMC. He & Mrs. Hanna were so loving to me & I loved them. I even babysit a couple of what would be the two older of their children.

Paul was a member of my Sunday School class in Gainesville. We always look forward to his comments. Our hearts go out to his family.

Paul was the dearest man. He found me, on the worst night of my life, 1000 miles from Georgia, in a Wichita hospital to tell me that "they" (I guess he included Sylvia) loved us (included Bill) and were praying for us. Years later, on my way into a Gainesville hospital to see Tom Dietz after his heart attack, Paul was coming in also. Once you were were part of his flock, you stayed part of his flock. (Relationship choices don't include parishioner.)
I hope you, his family,...

I remember Paul best from Alan and Susan's wedding, which he performed. His goodness, sincerity, and unpretentious religious faith came through in everything he said and did. What an outstanding career Paul had as a minister. My sympathies to his family and friends in the loss of this fine man.

My brother Matt got in touch with me and told me about your father's passing. My deepest sympathy to all of you. It is really hard to lose a parent. Especially the last one living, as it feels like the end of an era. It sounds like your dad had a remarkable life. Actually it sounds like both of your parents had remarkable lives. Please know that I am so sorry for your loss. May wonderful memories give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Take care.