Obit: Hugh Hannah

Obit: Hugh Hannah

August 14th, 2010 in Obituaries
Location: Hamilton county

Hugh H. Hannah Jr. 89, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, in a local hospital following a brief illness.He was a native of Cleveland, Tenn., and moved to Chattanooga in 1934.He attended Baylor School, Bradley High and was a graduate of Chattanooga City High with continuing education at American University, Washington, DC and the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy/Coast Guard in the North Atlantic Theater aboard a sub chaser and a tanker decoy ship. Returning to the states, he met and married his wife Shirley Knowles (a WAVE in the U.S. Navy) in Boston. At the conclusion of the war, he returned to Chattanooga and established Mountain City Aircraft Co. that was engaged in the sales of Taylorcraft private airplanes. In due time, it became apparent that most folks were not going to fly airplanes. This rude awakening led him to accept the position of Sales Manager of Don Cherry Tire Co. and General Manager of Wholesale Tire and Supply.Later in 1953, he established and became the President of Hannah-Adams, Inc. with stores in Chattanooga and Knoxville engaged in the sales of TVs, appliances, furniture and recreation vehicles. He operated the business for 37 years until retirement.Within days, he was engaged in a third career involved with sales at the Chattanooga Times/Free Press newspaper -retiring at the completion of 13 years of employment.Hugh was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where he held many church offices; was a member of the choir for 40 years; taught teenage Bible classes for 15 years; and was instrumental in the establishment of a Contemporary Worship Service.He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Hannah Sr. and Elizabeth Johnston.Survivors include four children, Barbara Barnes (Odie), of Chickamauga, Ga., Hugh Hannah III (Jayne), of Ooltewah, Mark Hannah (Rachel), of Chattanooga and David Hannah, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.A Memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 4 p.m. Sunday with visitation one hour prior to the service.Interment will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Monday.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Contemporary Worship Service, the Salvation Army or Hospice of Chattanooga.Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road.