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Bobby E Hanna

May 12, 1927 ~ September 14, 2021 (age 94)


Bobby E Hanna, age 94, a long-time Fayetteville resident, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 14. Born May 12, 1927 to Harlen and Cora (Dotson) Hanna of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Bob was the oldest of two children.


Throughout junior high and high school Bob worked with his father in their family grocery stores. It was there he learned the meaning of hard work and kind treatment of others. During these early years, Bob enjoyed playing the clarinet in the school marching band.


Drafted into the Army shortly after graduating from Fayetteville High School, Bob proudly served as a Private First Class in the Finance Corps. He married Emma Sue Dunn in December 1947, and they later had two sons.


In March 1947 Bob joined Southwestern Electric Power Company. Working his way through the company, he retired 41 years later as Supervisor, Transmission and Distribution, Fayetteville Division. Following his retirement, Bob and his wife traveled throughout the Caribbean, US and Canada, visiting all states and territories except two.


He spent his spare time studying local history, family genealogy, and wood working.


Throughout years of committed service to Wiggins United Methodist Church he always believed in helping others. Bob was a man of his word who touched everyone who knew him. An enemy of none and friend to all, he was a true gentleman whose ethics were beyond compromise.


Preceded in death by his wife Emma Sue of 61 years and sister Betty. Bob is survived by sons Randall Wayne Hanna of Puyallup, WA, daughter-in-law, Katherine Hanna, granddaughters Alexis Moergeli Shilley and Coogan Anne Perrin; James Robert Hanna of Crosses, AR and grandson Samuel James Hanna.


A celebration of life will be held at a date and time to be announced. Donations can be made to Genesis United Methodist Church and or NWA Circle of Life Hospice.


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