Hursel "George" A. Shanks

February 23, 1928January 10, 2021

Hursel “George” A. Shanks, age 92, passed away on January 10, 2021 in Manchester, Tennessee. He was born on February 23, 1928 in Greene County, Tennessee to Bertha and John O. Shanks. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Mauveline Simpson; brothers, Keith Shanks, Ralph Shanks, Thurman Shanks, and twin, Haskel Shanks. George is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betsy Lane Shanks; daughters, Lois Thormaehlen (Claus) and Margaret Conners (John); grandchildren, Boone Pitts (Larissa), Karla Moore (Shawn), Emily McCommon (Mark), Leah Banker (PG), and Dan Conners; great-grandchildren, Ginger, Crockett, Bryar, Rowan, Presley, Brady, Sawyer, John Bare, and Jake.

George served in the Army as a Military Policeman during WWII. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from ETSU in Johnson City, Tennessee where he met Betsy. He then worked with National Life and Accident Insurance Company for 38 years, first in Bristol and later in Nashville. After retirement, he spent over 15 years volunteering for the Red Cross and was very active in numerous positions at Arlington United Methodist Church in Nashville before relocating to Manchester.

George enjoyed bowling, fishing, and watching football and baseball; however, his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. He was a kind, sweet, and wonderful Christian man who will be dearly missed.

A Graveside Service will be held at two o’clock on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Woodlawn Memorial Park 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First United Methodist Church 105 N. Church Street, Manchester, Tennessee 37355.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


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Herman Phillips

January 13, 2021

George was a true gentleman Times I have spent with him and Betsy was a pleasure of love and friendship. George has been received in heaven as a gentleman saint. Rest In Peace my friend prayers for Betsy and family

Ron Shanks

January 13, 2021

So sorry to hear the news. Hope you, Aunt Betsy, and Margaret & Lois are all doing ok in these crazy times. We are still wintering in Florida near Larry. We're sure you have many wonderful memories to hold tight. Bless you.

Ron & Evalene

Larry Shanks

January 12, 2021

Although I had not seen Uncle Hursel in several years, I still remember the great times we had at Grandma Shanks house on Sundays. We would all gather for a big dinner Stories would be shared about all topics.. It was such a special time when I was growing up! I also remember going to Bristol and visiting Uncle Hursel. He was always fun to talk with. He enjoyed all sports and since Bristol had a NASCAR race track, if I remember right, he enjoyed the races.