Evangelist Jerry Hannah, 80, of LaGrange went to be with his Lord and Savior on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro surrounded by his loving family.
The family will receive friends Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro where he was a member. A service to celebrate his life will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Interment will follow at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro with full military honors.
He was born in Alabama on February 13, 1939 to the late Auston and Clarice Geer Hannah. He was retired from the United States Air Force and retired with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He was founder of the Jerry Hannah Evangelistic Ministries, Inc. where he traveled throughout the United States preaching, teaching and singing and spreading the Gospel of our Lord and Savior. In 1977, he was one of the founders of Free Life Ministries, Inc. / WHFL- TV in Goldsboro where he was faithfully involved as a board member and programmer, as well as hosting the television's annual telethon. He was actively involved in the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International and served as pastor of numerous churches throughout his years of service to the Lord. Although he served as Pastor, Reverend, Evangelist and Ordained Minister with the Southern Baptist and the International Pentecostal Holiness Denomination, his ministry of music touched thousands throughout his life. He was an encourager to those in need and will be missed by all. Evangelist Jerry is now singing the songs of Zion in the Heavenly Choir.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Evelyn J. Hannah; one son, Jerry Hannah (Teresa) of Mt. Olive; two daughters, Lisa Hannah Hutchinson (Dale) of Ayden and Kennetha Beth Adams (Michael) of Fayetteville; two step-sons, Gene Tyndall of Kinston and Douglas Lyon (Ashley) of Goldsboro; one step-daughter, Angie Arnette (Gary) of LaGrange; one half-brother, Rudy Manderson of Alabama; three half-sisters, Kaye Pool (Ponnie) of Alabama, Faye Wilson (Rev. Jimmy) of Alabama and Kennetha Richardson of Alabama; five grandchildren, Jerry Glenn Hannah, Jacob Daniel Hannah, James Bradley Jones (Savanah Morgan), Misty Marie Lahiff (Robert) and Kaci Marshall (Sylvester); six step-grandchildren, Olivia Tyndall, Zachary Tyndall, Adylyn Lyon, Tripp Lyon, Cole Lyon and Madison Gourley (Walker); two great-grandchildren, Jordan Lahiff and Samson Marshall and one step-great-grandchild, Walker Gourley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Colleen Hannah.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Free Life Ministries, Inc. / WHFL-TV, P.O. Box 282, Goldsboro, NC 27533 where he served as founder and Vice Chair of the television ministry.
The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.
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