George Leonard Hannaford, 84, of Woodbine died Sunday, May 15, 2016.
The Folkston native graduated from Charlton County High School and attended Berry College before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1951. After service in Japan during the Korean conflict, Hannaford moved to Woodbine in 1955 where he was active in civic and political affairs for many years.
He was married to Ellen Parrish Hannaford of Brooklet for 59 years until her death in 2014. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Dawn Hannaford, and his brother, Maurice Hannaford.
Hannaford’s leadership and service to Camden County and southeast Georgia included, among many others, eight years as Camden County commissioner, including six years as chairman; eight years as Woodbine city councilman; founding chairman of the Camden/Kings Bay Impact Coordinating Committee; founding chairman of the Bryan-Lang Historical Library board; board member and chairman of the Coastal Area Planning and Development Commission; Coastal Area District Development Authority board member; Coastal Highway District of Georgia board member; president of the Camden/Kings Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; member of the Camden County Joint Development Authority; member of the Woodbine Citizens Steering Committee, which organizes and sponsors the Woodbine Crawfish Festival; and board member of Coastal Georgia Community College, Camden Center.
Hannaford was a partner in Gowen’s Inc., which owned hardware, furniture and appliance stores in Woodbine and St. Marys. He served as city administrator for the City of Woodbine from 1983 until his retirement in 1999. He served as a director of or advisor to Peoples State Bank, First South Bank of Camden County, Bank South—Waycross, First National Bank of Camden County and Ameris Bank.
He was active in the Woodbine Lions Club; the American Legion Post No. 170, where he served for more than 40 years, including 15 years as commander; and Woodbine Lodge No. 326, F&AM. He was also an active fundraiser for the March of Dimes, chaired the United Way campaign, served on The Salvation Army board and was a life member of the Navy League of the U.S.
In recognition of his service, he was named Camden County Citizen of the Year in 1979 and honored by a joint proclamation of the Camden County commission and the Woodbine City Council in 2015. He was an active member of Woodbine United Methodist Church for many years and later joined Kingsland United Methodist Church.
Hannaford is survived by his daughter, Mary and Mike Odom of Richmond Hill; his son, Dana and Kathy Hannaford of Yulee, Fla.; grandchildren, Hunter Odom, Caroline Odom, Haydon Hannaford and Zachary Hannaford; brother, James Oscar and Jackie Hannaford of Folkston; sister, Meryl and Glynn Lloyd of Folkston; sister-in-law, Linda Hannaford of Folkston; sister-in-law, Betty and Franklin Lee of Brooklet; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at Kingsland United Methodist Church. A service celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the church led by the Rev. Dr. Felton Harden and Mike Odom Jr. Burial will follow in Homeward Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to Kingsland United Methodist Church or The Methodist Home for Children, P.O. Box 2525, Macon, GA 31203.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.