OBITUARY

Harold "Harry" Hanson III

October 24, 1937September 14, 2021

Harold "Harry" Hanson III, 83, of Waynesboro went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at his home. Born October 24, 1937, he was the son of the late Harold Hanson Sr. and Elsie Beatrice (Andrews) Hanson. Born in Atlanta, Georgia while his father was on a work assignment there, he was primarily raised in Massachusetts.

Upon graduation from Waltham High School, Waltham, Massachusetts in 1955, he joined the U. S. Air Force where he was trained as an electronics technician. His service time culminated at Dobbins AFB, Marietta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. Returning to the place of his birth led to his marriage to Rebecca Adina Mann, whom he met on a blind date in April 1958. They were wed on July 5, 1958 and were blessed by God with a loving marriage and partnership for more than 63 years.

After completion of his tour with the U. S. Air Force, he began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the Atlanta Airport, where he was employed maintaining FAA navigational aids. After earning a BA in Business Administration at Georgia State University in Atlanta he was chosen for a management position at the Golden Triangle Airport in Columbus, Mississippi. While in Columbus in 1973 he was selected for a Government fellowship to a mid-level management development program at the University of Virginia, School of Government and Foreign Affairs. In 1976 he graduated from UVA with an MA in Public Administration. Subsequently, during his time at FAA Headquarter in Washington he held executive positions in economic and policy analysis offices.

He and his wife always enjoyed meeting new people and entertaining them in their home. While residing in the Northern Virginia, Annapolis, MD and Kent Island areas for a number of years, he and his wife were involved in the International Visitors Service and the Friendship Force entertaining visitors from all around the world. In addition, they helped start 3 new churches; one in Northern Virginia, one on Kent Island and the latest, after their joint retirements, as charter members of Tabernacle Presbyterian (PCA) in Waynesboro, Virginia where they have remained members for the past 20 years.

After retirement to the Shenandoah Valley Harold rediscovered a love of photography. As he and his wife hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley he began to develop a collection of macro images of the often-overlooked smaller wildflowers. Wanting to share this beauty, he launched a website, “Considering the Lilies.” Most recently he published a Kindle book with his wife, “Still Considering the Lilies.,” to guide other hikers to the beautiful flora of the local area.

Besides his beloved wife, survivors include: son, Eric Eugene Hanson of Staunton, VA; daughter, Kathy Lynn Hanson and grandson, Zachary S. Wolfrey of Annapolis, MD; sister-in-law, JoAnn Mann Wilson of Lexington, VA; and brother-in-law, Roger Mann of Thomaston, GA.

A memorial service will be held at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, in Waynesboro on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the fellowship hall where relatives and friends may share memories and condolences with the family.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Harold’s name to the Mercy or Mission Funds of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 1301 Redtop Orchard Rd., Waynesboro, VA 22980.

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his parents,Harold Hanson Sr. and Elsie Beatrice (Andrews) Hanson


    Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Mann Hanson;son, Eric Eugene Hanson of Staunton, VA; daughter, Kathy Lynn Hanson and grandson, Zachary S. Wolfrey of Annapolis, MD; sister-in-law, JoAnn Mann Wilson of Lexington, VA; and brother-in-law, Roger Mann of Thomaston, GA.Besides his beloved wife, survivors include: son, Eric Eugene Hanson of Staunton, VA; daughter, Kathy Lynn Hanson and grandson, Zachary S. Wolfrey of Annapolis, MD; sister-in-law, JoAnn Mann Wilson of Lexington, VA; and brother-in-law, Roger Mann of Thomaston, GA.
  • DONATIONS

  • Mercy or Mission Funds of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 1301 Redtop Orchard Rd., Waynesboro, VA 22980

Services

18 September

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

Tabernacle Presbyterian Church


Waynesboro, Virginia

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Harold "Harry" Hanson III

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Ronald Rocca

September 18, 2021

I met Harry and Becky when I was contemplating joining Tabernacle. They welcomed me with open arms, literally! They were two of the friendliest people at Tabernacle. No “Frozen Chosen”. there! I will miss his presence at Tabernacle..

Rick Allen

September 17, 2021

When we first visited Tabernacle Church about 15 years ago Harry and Becky invited our family to their home in Raphine. They frequently invited first-time visitors out to lunch. We enjoyed a great afternoon together and it encouraged us to visit Tab again. Harry was always a picture of grace. Positive, encouraging and full of faith---and their marriage! Becky and Harry’s marriage inspired anyone who spent time with them. It seems like a long time before we’ll see Harry again and we’ll miss him more than we can say, but when he finds us on the other side, we’ll have an eternity to catch up. Rick & Maria Allen

Julia Bess

September 15, 2021

Becky and Harry were friends that helped plant a church tabernacle now located in waynesboro. Loved these friends knowing he is in paradise with Jesus, love you Becky,

Paul Gayda

September 15, 2021

We met Harry & family about 1975 in Vienna, Va. area, where we attended Primitive Baptist church together. Will miss you but will see you soon!

coleen paixao

September 15, 2021

A true Godly man! His smile was contagious! Loved him and his wife so much! May the peace of God that truly surpasses all understanding be with all his loved ones. Sincerely, Lee and Coleen Paixao

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