George Loyd Hanson

March 13, 1932August 21, 2013

George Loyd "Buddy" Hanson, 81, of Amherst died peacefully on August 21, 2013.

Born March 13, 1932, in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late John Loyd and Virginia Scott Hanson.

A veteran of the United States Army, George earned his BA from the Richmond Professional Institute of The College of William and Mary (now VCU) and his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Virginia.

George began his career as a teacher and guidance counselor in Chesterfield County in 1959. As a member of the first faculty at Meadowbrook High School, he taught social studies and served as a guidance counselor. He moved to Amherst County in 1976 and was a guidance counselor at Nelson County High School until his retirement. His golden rule as a counselor was always listen, but never judge.

In retirement, George loved being at his home in the mountains, going to the Outer Banks, attending concerts and theatre throughout the commonwealth and in Washington, D.C., and supporting the Academy of Music Theatre. His love of the Academy dates to his preteen years when, on Saturdays, he would go to the venerable institution to see western movies and cowboy stage shows. His hope was to be in the first audience when the theatre was restored to its former glory.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Richard Roberts of Virginia Beach; his sister Doris Sutherland of Lynchburg; nieces Catherine Dodge and Helen Roberts of Virginia Beach; niece Caroline Darby and her husband, Patrick, of Birmingham, Alabama; niece Mary Scott Sutherland Dias and her husband, Robert, of Woodbridge; nephew John Sutherland and his wife, Susan, of Baltimore, Maryland; niece Laura Sutherland and her husband, William Van Doren, of Charlottesville; three great nieces, Helen Catherine Darby, Sydney Sutherland, and Grace Sutherland; five great nephews, Patrick Darby, John Darby, Andrew Roberts, Richard Dodge, and Edward Sutherland; and two cousins, Phyllis Baber and Lillian Allen.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Whitten Monelison Chapel with Dr. Robert A. Wilson officiating. Following the service, the family will host a reception for family and friends at the Academy of Fine Arts, 600 Main St., Lynchburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Academy of Fine Arts, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Reception Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Jim Marshall

May 21, 2014

Well,George. I finally found you, but to late to thank you again for helping me make the best move of my life. Looks like you spent your life helping others make good moves. Everyone should be remembered as fondly as you. May our memories of George always bring smiles and laughter. Never sadness or regret. He made a difference.

Rusty Mann

April 20, 2014

I met buddy and john when I was a student at meadowbrook hi school. We remained friends for many years after my grad. I have many memories of spending the with them helping work on the house in Amherst. I will miss h greatly, him and John were a big influence on my life.

August 25, 2013

My condolences to the family of George Loyd "Buddy" Hanson in the passing of your loved one. May the God of comfort be with you. Ps.90:10 Ps.37:10,11,29. Sincerely, E. Mitchell.

Annie Bendrick

August 24, 2013

Mr. Hanson is the reason I have a A.S. B.S. and Masters Degree. He would not let me quit. Thank you sir. Annie Bendrick

Louise Moore

August 24, 2013

I first met "Buddy" (George) 37 years ago at my next-door-neighbor's, Doris' home. What a joy and breath of fresh air he was. Throughout the years, Buddy would shower us with apples, and a bounty of fresh vegetables from his garden. I will miss his big smile and his visits to see his "little sister," but that being said I am certain that his smile is even bigger now that he is with his parents and many friends up above.

Eileen Ford

August 24, 2013

George was a colleague of mine at Meadowbrook High School. He was a very caring guidance counselor and helped many students through his kindness. He was a generous friend and always willing to help any of us. I will always rember him with fondness and a smile.

Phyllis Ann Baber (and Family - Lillian, Michele, Matt, Natalia, and Kilian)

August 24, 2013

I'm lighting a candle for you, Buddy, on your journey to Heaven's Gate. You touched our lives in a gentle way that we never will forget. Thinking of you with love and praying you Rest in Peace!