Everett Hanner

Born on February 3, 1945

Departed on July 20, 2020

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Everett Allen Hanner of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, passed away early Monday morning, July 20, 2020 at Alive Hospice in Nashville Tennessee. He was born and raised on the Hanner family farm in Jackson County amidst the rolling hills of southern Indiana He hunted those hills -- part of the Hoosier National Forest -- for critters and morel mushrooms.(You yourself should check out the area for the resplendent fall leaves!) Saturday, July 18, Everett was inviting everyone -- nurses and family alike -- to accept Jesus Christ into their lives and hearts and be sure to live for Him: "Life with Jesus is wonderful and you won't be sorry!" As he was speaking, he held up both hands toward heaven.

Everett taught his first year in LaPorte, Indiana; then, after marrying Esther in 1966, he taught elementary school and was a middle-school principal later; he was part of the Metro Nashville Public Schools for 36 years (Tennessee) . Everett retired from Metro in 2002.

Everett and his family loved to travel and highlights were an Alaska road trip in 1992 (10,000 miles plus--he was the sole driver) and Newfoundland in 1994--both trips included some time on ferries--the Inside Passage on the Alaska ferry system was an overnight trip.

Everett lost his mom, Iris Glodene, in 1983 and his dad, Eldon, passed away in 2003. Three of his brothers preceded him in death: Steve, Dennis, and Loy.

He is survived by his wife, Esther, of Goodlettsville, TN, his son Trenton of Nashville TN, his daughters Natalie and her husband Brian; of Hendersonville, TN; and Brittany Lowe and her husband Todd of Cottontown, TN. Five terrific grandchildren include Olivia, Julianna, Adam, Justine, and Jude. Also surviving him are his brothers Kenneth (and wife Barbara) and Philip; sister, Marilyn Wilson (husband Jim) and sisters -in-law Rita and Emma; and numerous and nieces and nephews.

We the family will endeavor to have a Celebration service for Everett at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, any tributes may be directed to Goodlettsville Church of the Nazarene, 400 Loretta Drive, Goodlettsville, TN

30 Comments to Everett Hanner

  1. Tandy Taylor
    July 21, 2020 8:47 pm

    I was saddened to hear of Mr. Hanner’s passing. He was truly a remarkable Christian and public school teacher and principal. He was the master at creating community among faculty members. I have been blessed to have his earthly life cross mine. Everett Hanner truly had an impact on each and every child and employee that he ever had in his schools. My prayers go out to Esther, Natalie, Brittany, and Trent during this time. Nowhere is he more alive than in those family members that he loved so dearly. God bless and keep each of you during this time of grief. Well done good and faithful servant.

  2. Connie Beckner Hodge
    July 21, 2020 8:56 pm

    Mr Hanner was a true man of God. He did so many great acts of kindness for his students and teachers. He was an incredible principal. As the poet laureate of Kentucky, Jesse Stuart, said, “A great educator lives on forever in the minds of his/her students.” This can truly be said of Mr Hanner. His Christian spirit, determination, and great sense of humor will always be a part of those who knew him.

  3. Tammie Reddy
    July 21, 2020 9:27 pm

    Mr. Hanner was the kindest, most caring man. He loved his school kids and was always available to help when needed. He helped me and my children deal with the trauma of my husband’s suicide. We love you Mr. Hanner- Tammie, Abbey and Kondal Reddy

  4. Mitzi L Dorris
    July 21, 2020 10:09 pm

    The world has lost a gentle giant of a man. Mr. Hanner was such a kind soul and brought a lot of happiness to the lives of every person who was privileged to know him! My sixth grade teacher, summer playground monitor and friend, he never, ever, forgot a detail. Forty five years after being a student in his class, he was asking me about all the classmates of mine by first and last name! It makes me smile to think of him this very minute. What a treasure the world received by him being in it! To the Hanner family, my heart cries with you in his loss here on earth. Heaven has certainly gained another angel! You will all be in my prayers!

  5. James & Tammy Parsons
    July 21, 2020 11:39 pm

    Mr. Hanner changed the direction of my life more than once. An October 3, 1991 afternoon job interview led to eleven years of learning what a Christian principal and mentor truly should be: selfless, empathetic, brave and kind. Every child, parent and employee touched by Mr. Hanner’s guidance in school should consider themselves blessed.
    Mr. Hanner is also responsible for the direction of my life outside school. On August 1, 2005, Mr. Hanner served as a witness to the marriage of two of his former teachers- two people he helped find their ways to each other. Tammy and I are forever grateful to Mr. Hanner.

  6. Nancy Medley
    July 22, 2020 7:08 am

    What a wonderful, caring, patient man! Mr. Hanner was my 6th grade teacher at Union Hill Elementary and he made such an impact on every student. I still have very fond memories of him teaching us with the pink bouncy ball and reading Where the Red Fern Grows. Best teacher I ever had! My sincere thoughts and prayers to the family!

  7. Victoria
    July 22, 2020 7:23 am

    Mr. Hanner was such a kind and caring man! He seem so y’all to me when I first met him I was walking into the classroom (6th) grade he turned around bounced his pink ball we were to see a lot of that through the year and said good morning Vicky, nice to have you in my class!! I did not see him as a y’all man after that just a gentle one! He was a great teacher he truly cared if you were struggling with a subject he would take the time to help you one on one. I am thankful he is not in pain now, but he will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

  8. Donna George
    July 22, 2020 7:23 am

    I think about Mr. Hanner often. As I recall, our family came to know him because I played city softball with his daughter, Natalie. My younger brother and I spent at least one summer hanging out at Moss Wright Park, with his supervision. This is one of my favorite childhood memories, and as an adult now, I realize how incredibly generous this was for him to do. Bless him and the family of this sweet man.

  9. Mike and Valerie Lee
    July 22, 2020 7:56 am

    Such a precious man! We were blessed to know him. We will be keeping his sweet family in our prayers.

  10. Jim and Marilyn Wilson
    July 22, 2020 7:59 am

    As Everett’s sister I too have been blessed to have him for my brother. My heart is broken knowing he won’t be visiting or calling anymore. He fought the good fight and has winged his way to heaven and has won the race that we’re all running in. I just know the angels are enjoying his sense of humor. Life will have a void for me without my brother and there will be times of sadness but we will meet him again when all of us reach our eternal rest. We must keep pressing on until we too win this race that Everett has already won. My love prayers and thoughts are with all of at this. May Gods love and comfort surround each of you now and in the days ahead.

    • Margi Jared
      July 22, 2020 5:26 pm

      Marilyn and Jim, we are saddened by his passing. We know how much he was thought of and loved in Kurtz. Bob always tells the story of him playing basketball outside of Old Center School while Eva Faye Jared helped Esther during her first year of teaching and expecting a baby. What a wonderful person he was to all he encountered.

  11. Jeanne Knox Locante
    July 22, 2020 8:52 am

    Me. Hanner was a special man! I had the absolute privilege of being taught my him 2 years at Union Hill. He had such an impact on me and instilled the desire to read, learn and play! He didn’t send us out on the playground for recess. He joined us! He played kickball, basketball and softball with us! He has always stayed in my heart as one of the most influential people in my life. His heart for Jesus was obvious even though he didn’t preach it. He lived it. I can’t wait to see him again in heaven!!

  12. Stacy Sealy
    July 22, 2020 9:13 am

    I find it difficult to put all I feel about Mr. Hanner into words. He was so very special. As a kid, spending the night with Natalie, I remember him bringing literature to life by reading to us at bedtime. I remember thinking his backyard was like another world. I remember him always giving away food from his garden to everyone. I remember summers at Moss Wright park being so fun with his guidance. I remember him greeting me every Sunday at the old Goodnaz. He never forgot anyone’s name and was the best greeter there ever has been. I remember his jokes and humor that made everything better. I remember when he brought a real chicken for Rachel to pluck in one of our plays at church. I remember having the most awesome children’s church because of Mr. and Mrs. Hanner. I remember them working on our bulletin boards at our church and making everything so beautiful. I remember Mr. Hanner calming my nerves with his humor and kindness when I completed my student teaching at Brick Church. I remember his encouragement and confidence that I could be a great teacher. I think that’s what I remember the most about Mr. Hanner, his consistent belief that I was better than I probably was. He continued to encourage and believe in me through the years. It gives me joy this morning to think of Mr. Hanner, healed and whole, receiving his heavenly reward for a life so well lived. However, I know that those he loved most are grieving his absence today. I am praying for you, sweet Hanner family. Thanks for sharing your husband and dad with the rest of us!

  13. Tina Crofton
    July 22, 2020 9:15 am

    The world has lost a great man! Mr. Hanner was my 6th grade teacher at Union Hill, I will never forget the impact he made on my life; the way he would teach us and reading Where The Red Fern Grows has always been one of the childhood memories that I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family, my God comfort and give peace to each and every one of you..

  14. Jill
    July 22, 2020 10:15 am

    Mr. Hanner was my teacher at Union Hill. I had never met a more kind, gentle man. I loved his smile and he just made you want to be a better student. He made us read 6 books every 6 weeks, and to this day, A Wrinkle In Time is one of my favorites. Anyone that had Mr. Hanner for a teacher was surely blessed.

  15. Irene Stembridge. Reasoner
    July 22, 2020 11:20 am

    Oh no the one and only one best teacher I ever had

  16. Tom Mosier
    July 22, 2020 11:47 am

    Mr. Hanner was a favorite principal of Rosemary Mosier when they were at Brick Church Middle school. I have enjoyed Mr. Hanner.and mourn his passing.

  17. Andra Justice
    July 22, 2020 11:52 am

    Mr. Hanner was my teacher at Union Hill. I always respected his kindness and the way he related to his students. When I saw him he remembered me from those formative years.

  18. Beth Lakin
    July 22, 2020 12:30 pm

    Mr. Hanner was my very first principal I ever had. He interviewed me over the phone when I was living in Colorado and looking for my first teaching job in Nashville. He welcomed me with open arms to Jere Baxter Middle School. His generosity, kindness, and guidance really established who I am as a teacher today, 20 years later. Rest in peace.

  19. John Hays
    July 22, 2020 12:50 pm

    Mr. Hanner was just one of those great teachers you remember your entire life. A remarkable man who led a passionate life. Some of the stories I tell my kids now are the same stories he shared then. I’m sure he’s glad to be home.

  20. Fred Harris “ Freddie “
    July 22, 2020 2:04 pm

    Mr. Hanner was a beautiful person who loved everybody regardless of your color and background. I used love the stories he would tell us in class. He was by far the best principal I’ve ever had. Over 30yrs my friends and I still talk about Mr. Hanner . Rest In Peace

  21. George Hood, Jr
    July 22, 2020 2:37 pm

    I was sadden to hear of Mr. Hanner’s passing. He was the kindest men I have Ever met. He had such a great way of making you feel as if he had known you all his life. My father always said the mark of good man is the memories that he leaves with you. Thank you Mr. Hanner may you rest in the arms of God and look down on all your Good work, your legacy lives on.🙏🙏😪

  22. Margi Jared
    July 22, 2020 5:27 pm

    Marilyn and Jim, we are saddened by his passing. We know how much he was thought of and loved in Kurtz. Bob always tells the story of him playing basketball outside of Old Center School while Eva Faye Jared helped Esther during her first year of teaching and expecting a baby. What a wonderful person he was to all he encountered.

  23. Leslee
    July 22, 2020 7:20 pm

    I loved Mr Hanner! He was my principal in elementary school at Union Hill and middle school at Brick Church.

    Blessings and comfort to all who knew him.

    Thank you Lord that he’s with You now 😊🙏💖

  24. Louise Binkley
    July 22, 2020 11:43 pm

    I taught with Mr. Hanner at Union Hill. He was a good friend and co-worker. My children had him as a teacher and principal. He was loved by all who knew him. My prayers are with.

  25. Jim Knight
    July 23, 2020 10:42 am

    I am saddened to learn of Everett’s passing, and extend deepest sympathy to Esther and the family. It is neat to see all the tributes paid to Everett by his former student, teachers , and friends. What a tremendous legacy he has left.

    I was a fellow freshman who lived next door to Everett in Tidwell Hall at Trevecca Nazarene University in 1962-63. We spent lots of time together as teammates on our intramural basketball team. Everett, a Hoosier, was a fine player and just as fine a person. We will miss him here , but look forward to that great Homecoming in Heaven.

  26. William John Brazil jr
    July 23, 2020 3:29 pm

    I enjoyed having Mr Hanner 4th and6th grade loved playing sports and the rubber ball game .he made up some good stories .RIP Mr Hanner ❤️

  27. Denny and Sue Bone
    July 25, 2020 2:29 pm

    Mr. Hanner was a kind soul. We met him through our son Todd when he and Brittany were dating. I say soul because he had Christ as his savior and it showed through his total being. I have been around him many years and can only describe him as a great example to all that ever met him. We will keep the entire family in our prayers for the peace and understanding at this time of mourning. May they always depend on their individual memories to help guide them through the coming days.

  28. Michelle Mitchell Fraley
    July 25, 2020 4:00 pm

    Mr. Hanner was my beloved 6th grade teacher at Union Hill Elementary, and I’m sure I would have never learned the multiplication table without his assistance! He took care of all of us during the summer youth program at Union Hill and prevented us from killing each other. He is a man who made a difference in the lives of children.

  29. Dennis E Marks
    August 5, 2020 11:26 am

    I have such wonderful memories of Everett telling stories to children (and I was listening too). A GREAT role model for manhood. He loved the LORD, his wife and family (and everyone he knew). I am privileged to have known this man. Wish I could hear one more story!

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