December 8, 1945 ~ September 6, 2020

Born in: Henderson, NC
Resided in: Asheville + Sylva, NC

David Jerome Hanse, Jr., passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at the age of 74.
Mr. Hanse was born December 8, 1945, in Henderson, NC to the late Constance (Connie) Parker Hanse and David J. Hanse, Sr. He spent his formative years and young adulthood in Raleigh, NC and attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia before earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting from NC State University. He moved to the Asheville area in the mid 1980s where he worked in accounting and medical coding but more recently enjoyed a career in long distance trucking.
David was a friendly, gregarious member of the community. He had an active scientific and mathematical mind. He was knowledgeable about many things and enjoyed reading National Geographic magazine.
He also enjoyed classical music, playing and singing in various orchestras and choirs through the years. He was skilled and knowledgeable about computers and technology, and was an enthusiastic cat lover.
He was a steadfast member of Biltmore United Methodist Church and later of Jubilee! Spiritual Community. He enjoyed socializing, NPR and a good Starbucks coffee.
He is survived by his sister, Bertha “Buffa” Hanse, daughter, Amy McNabb, grandson, Devin Walsh, as well as cousins and friends.
Family services and burial will be in Seaboard, NC at a later date.
Notes and condolences may be mailed to the family in care of Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806, or on the obituary site at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.
Goodbye David, and Rest in Peace!

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  1. Amy and Beth, I’m sad about David’s death, and hope he’s in a better place. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen either of you. Pam was looking for photos of David and we saw a number with you in them, Amy. I’ll try to add some to the timeline. When I was little until he went away to college, David was the big brother that I never had.

    Amy, I look forward to seeing you in Seaboard.

  2. Amy, I am so sorry about David. I think we all looked up to him because he was our oldest cousin. One of my favorite memories was a Christmas when he was either a senior in high school or a freshman in college and all of the cousins were in Seaboard. Simon and Garfinkle had just made their first big hit – Sound of Silence. David must have brought his own record player with him (because I am sure our grandmother did not own a record player! ) and we all played that song over and over. We felt so “with it” to know about this hit song when we returned home after the holidays! He was a lot of fun!
    I look forward to seeing you in Seaboard.
    Love, Susan ( You probably remember my children – Brunson, Martha and Caroline)

  3. I’m so sorry, Amy! I never had lots of interaction with your dad, but I do remember one Christmas when we were all together at my Grandma and Grandpa’s (Martha and Marshall Parker) house in Seneca on the farm. I have several pictures of you and all of us cousins just being kids while the grown ups were reunion-ing. Good memories. Praying for you in the coming days.

  4. David was a good friend and classmate from elementary through high school.
    A kind soul and a free spirit then and always.
    And a fellow cat enthusiast, it appears, but no I can’t take another one.


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