Thomas Keys Hannah, Jr.

July 10, 1951May 13, 2013
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Thomas Keys Hannah, Jr., age 61, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away on May 13, 2013 after a sudden illness.

He was born in Eustis, FL, to the late Thomas Keys Hannah, Sr. and Annie Granberry Jackson Hannah.

He is survived by his loving wife, Vickie Hannah; sons Matthew Sapp(Amanda) and Lucas Sapp (Jessica); grandchildren, Emeline, Hunter, Nolan and Rylee, all of Tallahassee; sisters, Harryette Hannah, Eustis, FL, Mary Ann Nelson (Mike), Panama City; niece, Kathy Christo; nephews, Paul Christo and Jimmy Christo; and great nephews, G.L. Hall and Palmer Christo, all of Panama City, FL; and brother-in-law, Kim (Kathy) Sands.

Thomas was raised in Eustis and graduated from Eustis High School. He earned his AA degree from St. Johns River Junior College. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in criminology in 1973. He was a member and officer of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Thomas began a professional career in Florida State government in 1974. Over the next 35 years of service he became the Chief of Investigative Services for the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. During his government service, he led Florida’s investigative services for the regulation of professionals in medicine, pharmacy, health and business. He received numerous professional, governmental and civic commendations for his outstanding dedication to the health and safety of Floridians. In 2007, he received the National Ronald K. Williamson Memorial Award for Investigators in Medicine. Throughout his career he was admired as a caring and consummate professional who was both fair to those he regulated and vigilant for the citizens he protected. Upon retirement, he became a national speaker and consultant, instructing investigators, inspectors and government leaders in the regulation of licensed professionals. He and Vickie loved to travel, often in their RV, discovering new and interesting places throughout the United States. They also loved caring for their four precious grandchildren. In Tallahassee, Thomas was a valued and active member of many civic organizations including Jaycees, United Way, March of Dimes, Springtime Tallahassee, Cruisin’ Covettes of Tallahassee, the Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association and Seminole Boosters. Thomas was never just a “member” of an organization, but always gave the special effort to go the extra mile to do more than his share. Thomas loved his woodwork shop, but most enjoyed helping his friends with their own projects. Thomas Hannah will be remembered as a kind, gentle, and loyal friend who never had a harsh word about anyone and was always there to help. He was a perfect example of the modern day Good Samaritan who lived his faith in his daily life. His motto was “always take the high road”.

A visitation with the family will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Culley’s MeadowWood Timberlane Road Chapel, Tallahassee, FL. Funeral services will be held at Canopy Roads Baptist Church, Bannerman Road, Tallahassee, FL, at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 16, 2013. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial gifts to a charity of their choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Denise DeForest

May 30, 2013

I cannot tell you how saddened I am by the news of Tom's unexpected passing. Tom was an instructor with the Nat'l Certified Investigator Training program run by CLEAR. I had the pleasure of teaching with Tom in places ranging from Florida to Alaska. The NCIT instructors absolutely loved working with Tom. He was such a kind and smart man, and so generous with his time and friendship. My heart goes out to his family and all of his many, many friends on our loss.

May 24, 2013

I was sorry to hear of the loss of T.K. and my prayers go out to his family. I have known him since I moved to Tallahassee in the early 80's and starting working with him at DBPR. He was a colleague but also a good friend. It has been some years since I last saw him but always enjoyed talking with him when I saw him around town. You have truly lost someone special.

Walt Beck

May 24, 2013

Vickie- we are so saddened to hear of TK passing. He's been a friend of our family for 40 years. From FSU til we both worked together in different areas of enforcement, days in the Jaycees, and times on Our boats heading to Dog Island! My heart aches for all of you but I know that one day we will again meet on God's shore with TK on the Bad Medicine calling us to join him and a new and Great Adventure! Love and will miss you Brother but WILL be together again! God's Peace, Grace, and Love to all of you whom TK loved!

May 23, 2013

I am saddened at the loss of T.K. I have known him since we were in Jaycees together. I also lived close by and would see him outside on my way home. He was either working in his yard or talking to a neighbor. He was the best of friend to me and will always treasure the times we had together. I hope the family finds strength to carry on and to always remember T.K. was the best of men and a good person to all.

Joan Wood

May 22, 2013

Vickie and family, Steve and I think of you daily and keep you in our prayers for continued strength to get through the difficult times ahead. We're thankful you are at peace knowing Tom is now in the arms of God. It was a pleasure knowing Tom and enjoying all the corvette memories we've made and he will always hold a special place in our heart for the wonderful man he was.


May 20, 2013

To the Hannah Family. I will miss Tom. He provided so much gudinace to me as we taught together for CLEAR. He was a wonderful person.
Peace to You.
Faye Lemon, Virginia

Yvanne Gustave

May 20, 2013

Mr. Hannah was a warm and kind person. My prayers of comfort go out to his family.

Gloria Quillen-Terry

May 18, 2013

In high school, he always seemed to have a smile on his face and laughter in his eyes, that was Tommy.

May 18, 2013

I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a genuine and caring person like Tom. I taught alongside of Tom in classes throughout North America with him and he was truly amazing. His intellect never overtook his humanity and people loved him for that reason. I know every investigator who ever sat in Tom's class is a much better prepared professional than they were before and I certainly count myself in that group as I learned so much from Tom over the years and classes we shared on the road. I will miss my friend very much but every time I see an act of gentle kindness I will smile because I know no matter where or when he will have something to do with it.

Mike Ferjak, Des Moines, Iowa NCIT Instructor

Janet Reed Brandon

May 18, 2013

I was a classmate of Tommy's from grade school to graduation. He lived a block from my Grandmother's house and next door to the church we attended. He was a big part of my life, but I lost touch and I'm sorry to say I never had a chance to know you who loved him. When I read the words in his obituary that he was kind, caring and a loyal friend I knew he was still the same person. My prayers go out to all his family.