The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 201 Chatham Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Rev. Glenn Bryant, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Ulysses Hankerson, affectionately called “Bo Bo,” was born in Oglethorpe, Georgia on March 4, 1929 to the parentage of John Clem, Sr. and Selena McDonald Hankerson. To this union, thirteen children were born. One sibling, Robert, the 11th infant child, preceded them both in death. Including Robert, there were four girls and nine boys who grew up into adulthood. Nine siblings preceded him in death: Charles R. Hankerson, Sr., John Edward Hankerson, Idalene Vanelle Hankerson, Ernest Hankerson, Fannie Bell Hankerson, John Clem Hankerson, Jr., William Hankerson, Cullen Vance Hankerson, and Marcellus Hankerson. Mr. Hankerson peacefully passed away July 2, 2018 following a brief illness at the Ideal Nursing Home.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Mary Helen Wood Hankerson. To this union they were blessed with six girls and one preceded him in death, Kim Hankerson Myers. He was the proud father of eight children. In 1971, he married Mrs. Zedie Mae Harrison.
Bo Bo joined the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church at an early age under the ministry of Reverend G.G. McCarter. He began working on the railroad at the young age of 13 years as a Water Boy. At the age of 17, he was employed full-time as a Spiker on the Sea Board Coastline Railroad. He worked on the railroad 42 years and only missed five days from work due to a knee injury. He retired from the CSX Railroad in 1990. He acquired his education from the Macon County School System.
He leaves a legacy of many fond memories to include his beloved wife, Mrs. Zedie Hankerson, Montezuma, Georgia; seven children, Oneita McDonald (Ernest), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Ulysses Hankerson II, Atlanta, Georgia, Donna Hankerson, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Theresa Hankerson, Atlanta, Georgia, Crystal Hankerson Mallory, Atlanta, Georgia, Mary Frances Hankerson Hayes (Lee Willie), Oglethorpe, Georgia, and Cassandra Hankerson Phillips (Samuel), Columbus, Georgia; 22 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Hankerson Ibim (Dr. Geoffrey), Ft. Valley, Georgia, and Mary Frances Hankerson-Martin, Miami, Florida.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jessie Bell Spivey and J.T. Spivey, Byronville, Georgia, Bobby Harrison and Douglas Harrison, Montezuma, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.