Commonwealth Journal


July 29, 2013

Rev. Charles Hanna Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Charles Morton Hanna, Jr., 88, husband of Phyllis Shelby Hanna, died in Lexington, Ky. on July 27.  
He was born Feb. 25, 1925 in Hitchens, Ky., son of the late C. Morton Hanna and Margaret Bell Hanna.  Charles was educated at Indiana University, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and McCormick Seminary in Chicago. He served six rural churches near Tupelo, Miss., Somerset Presbyterian Church, and Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville before becoming the Executive Presbyter of Transylvania Presbytery in Lexington, Ky. During his tenure, he supervised the unification of five Presbyteries in central and eastern Ky. He was honored by Pikeville College with a Doctor of Divinity Degree. On his retirement, he was granted Emeritus status and continued to serve the Presbytery in many roles, including serving as an interim Associate Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington for two years.  
Charles is survived by his wife, Phyllis; a sister, Bette Hanna Sikes; four children, Jill Hanna (Rich Haley), Lyle Shelby (Mary Diane McCord) Hanna, William Morton (Nancy Maxwell) Hanna, and Patrick Carper (Lynn Harmon) Hanna; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  
He had a remarkable memory for names, places and events and a special interest in relationships. He could remember how people were related going back several generations and used this talent to bring people together for the good of their community! He helped found Habitat for Humanity in Lexington and was involved in Golden K Kiwanis, Meals on Wheels and Helping Hands Alzheimer’s day-center. 
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Hunter Presbyterian Church, 109 Rosemont Garden, Lexington.   
Memorial contributions may be made to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, The Hanna Family Scholarship for Excellence, 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Ky., 40205. 
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