Robert Hannah


Robert Hannah

Robert Hannah, 94, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. 

He  honorably served his country in the United States Army for three years during World War II.  While on furlough from Fort Rucker, Ala., in 1943, he married the love of his life, Mary “Deanie” Palmer. 

He was owner of Robert Hannah Grocery on Ocoee Street. He showed kindness and compassion to many customers, allowing them to purchase groceries on credit during difficult times. 

After retiring as a business owner, he worked part time with both Watson’s Grocery and Cooke’s Food Store. He was a former member of South Cleveland United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, where he served as treasurer and usher. He was a founding member of the Cleveland Community Chapel.  He was a graduate of Bradley Central High School, class of 1941.

He was happily married for 64 years to Mary “Deanie” Hannah. He was preceded in death by Deanie; W.F. and Fannie Gamble Hannah; stepmother, Loretta Hannah; brothers and sisters: Ertsel Hannah and Fred Hannah Jr.; grandson, Seth Hannah; and great-grandson, Justin Fowler.

He is survived by a daughter, Priscilla Conley and husband, Herbert, of Cleveland, and son, Rodney Hannah and wife, Mary Ann of Canton, Ga.; sisters: Sarah Harris and Retta Ownby and her husband, Joe; grandchildren: Hanna Alisa Fowler and husband, Barry, Amy Conley-Moore, Tye Hannah and his wife, Kelly, Adam Hannah and wife, Amanda; great-grandchildren: Jacob Fowler, Caleb Fowler, Hannah Grace Moore, Evan Moore, Isabel Moore, Kaeden Hannah, Adalynne Mae Hannah; great-great-granddaughter, Skylar Meisler; special friends: Mike Miller and Eddie Rogers; and several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Cleveland Cornerstone Church with Pastor Barry Fowler officiating.  

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the church, prior to the service.

Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Tye Hannah, Adam Hannah, Jacob Fowler, Caleb Fowler, Mike Miller and Eddie Rogers serving as pallbearers. Full military honors will conclude the services.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Robert or your condolences with his family at his online memorial located at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Hannah family with these arrangements.



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