MISS FANNIE BELLE HANKERSON
14th December 1925-12th December 2014
The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Jehovah Baptist Church, 110 Chatham Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Youth Development Camp in Bibb County, Macon, Georgia.
Fannie Belle Hankerson’s life was a long and fulfilled one devoted to service to humanity, to her immediate community and to her church. As a professional, she taught school introducing generations of girls and (yes, boys, too) to the finer points of home care and culinary appreciation. All her life she devoted enormous resources to environmental beautification. Although she spent most of her adult life away from Macon County, she never ceased to pay attention to the needs of the church, Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Oglethorpe, where she began life as a Christian.
Fannie Belle Hankerson was born in Oglethorpe, Georgia on December 14, 1925 to the parentage of John Clem, Sr., and Selena McDonald Hankerson. To this union, 13 children were born. One son, Robert, the eleventh child, preceded them both in death in infancy. Including Robert, there were four girls and nine boys who grew up into adulthood--three living (named later); and nine deceased: Idalene Vanelle Hankerson, Charles R. Hankerson, Sr., John Edward Hankerson, Ernest Hankerson, John Clem Hankerson, Jr., William Hankerson, Cullen Vance Hankerson and Marcellus Hankerson. Miss Hankerson passed away peacefully at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Americus, Georgia on December 12, 2014 following a brief illness.
Fannie Belle joined the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in 1944 in Oglethorpe, Georgia under the ministry of Reverend Thomas of Monticello, Georgia. Later in life, she gave the church an organ in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Hankerson, Sr., decorated the ushers lounge (new wall-to-wall carpet, new chairs, a curio cabinet, a chest of drawers and a beautiful mirror over the chest of drawers, pictures and wall plaques with the founder’s name--Reverend A. S. Staley--the names of the ushers, and the names of the missionary presidents and honorary members.) She provided hymnals and bibles for every pew in the church and contributed to the purchase of the stained glass windows in the church. In her prime, you always knew as you passed by Jehovah that it was Christmas because of her decorations.
Miss Hankerson attended elementary school at the Oglethorpe Rosenwald Junior High School and graduated from the Macon County Training School, Montezuma, Georgia (1945). She was a graduate of Fort Valley State College (now University) with a B.S. Degree, and a Master of Education degree from Tuskegee University and later attended Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts for professional improvement. She retired as a home economics teacher from the Monroe County School System (Mary Persons High School), having previously served in the Macon County School System (Garden Valley Elementary School), and the Baldwin County School System (Bodie High School, as it then was, in Milledgeville, Georgia). In all, she served for 31 years as an educator.
She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a volunteer worker at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery where she beautified both sides of the Cemetery with lovely dogwoods, flowering cherry trees, crape myrtles, Japanese magnolias, forsythia, mock orange and shore juniper shrubs, as well other shrubs and flowers. Fannie Belle’s interest in fashion and gardening was legendary and she received great personal satisfaction (public recognition, too) from the results she obtained. Her horticultural activities around the family residence in Oglethorpe, the Oglethorpe city cemetery and especially around her house in Macon, Georgia. were widely acclaimed. The Macon Garden Club honored her in numerous times for gardening. She continue these efforts until began to fail.
She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the NAACP, Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, American Bridge Association (Macon Chapter where she was an avid player and won many trophies), Future Homemakers of America, and the National Education Association. For a number of years she served proudly as a Pink Lady/ hospital auxiliary in Macon, Georgia.
Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, American Bridge Association (Macon Chapter where she was an avid player and won many trophies), Future Homemakers of America, and the National Education Association. For a number of years she served proudly as a Pink Lady/ hospital auxiliary in Macon, Georgia.
During her professional career she was the recipient of numerous professional awards and recognitions based on her professional and avocational involvements.
To mention a few: she was the recipient of the Middle Georgia Association of Realtors’ “Home of the Month” honors (July, 1997); she receives a citation from Oglethorpe’s Office of the Mayor (1994) for her beautification work; and was honored in the 1969 Annual Fashion review.
She leaves to mourn her passing: one brother, Ulysses Hankerson; two sisters, Louise Hankerson Ibim and Mary Frances Martin; one sister-in-law, Zetta Mae Hankerson; two brothers-in-law, Dr. Geoffrey Ibim, Fort Valley, Georgia and Frank Martin, Sr., Miami, Florida; numerous nieces including Mary Frances Hayes, and nephews; and a host of other relatives, including Theresa Hankerson and friends.