Wayne Hanna, 77, of Greensboro died February 1, 2012 surrounded by his loved ones. A lifelong resident of Gadsden County, Wayne was best known for his successful business interest and his commitment to public service. He was born in 1934 at his family home on Hanna Mill Pond near the Hardaway community.
As a young man, Wayne bought Shepard’s Mill in Greensboro, the last water- powered gristmill in Florida. During his nearly 20 years of ownership he transformed a small mill serving local customers into a successful wholesale grocery business serving throughout North Florida.
From 1977 to 1989, he served as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gadsden County and later as the Criminal Justice Information Systems Coordinator for Leon County. During his retirement years he founded a successful process service business.
Wayne was an active member of the Greensboro Kiwanis Club and served as the Brotherhood Director of the Gadsden Baptist Association. He was a member of the board of directors of the Florida Association of Court Clerks and the first Board of Directors of Big Bend Hospice. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Greensboro and platoon sergeant in the Florida National Guard.
All of Wayne’s endeavors and achievements would have failed without his best friend and wife of 55 years, Dora Ellen at his side. They shared a steadfast commitment to one another, their family and being good citizens of their community.
Best known for his commitment to sticking with the job till it was done and done well, Wayne brought his boundless energy and high standards to every task he ever undertook. This powerful virtue shaped the lives and opportunities of his children and grandchildren and many others in his life. He took great pleasure in each one’s accomplishments and especially in their personal happiness.
Wayne is survived by Dora Ellen Hanna, as well as his son, Randy Hanna of Tallahassee and wife, Jerri; his daughter Donna Rowan of Birmingham, Alabama and her husband Allen; and his son Sammy Hanna of Hosford and his wife Stacey. He leaves his grandchildren, Carrie Hanna, Curtis Hanna, Dani Taylor, Grace Ellen Hanna, Jamie Rowan, McKenzie Hanna, Tracey Easterwood and her husband Brandon. He is also survived by his sister, Versie Suber of Quincy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gurley and Eula Hanna and a brother J.W. Hanna.
The family received visitors in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Greensboro on Friday, February 3, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. Services were held at 11a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the church.