August 29, 1945 ~ November 3, 2013

Born in: New York City, NY,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

John James "Jack" Hanley, 68, of North Pershing Road, Asheville, died Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Mr. Hanley was born in NYC and was a son of the late James J. and Eleanor Towers Hanley. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Albert Towers, sister-in-law, Hazel Towers, and sister Alice A. Rhinehart. He was a Purple Heart recipient with the US Army in Vietnam and worked as a special education teacher at A.C. Reynolds High School for 28 years. Mr. Hanley was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the NCRSP and the NCAE, as well as Elks Club #608. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Campbell Hanley; stepchildren, Heather Fawcett Hoium (Tony) of Dunedin, FL and Christopher Thomas Fawcett of Swannanoa; step-grandsons Drake Fawcett, USN, and Spencer Hoium; sisters, Helena Hanley Johnson (Charles C.), and Mary Hanley Jackson; brother-in-law Kenneth L. Rhinehart; as well as a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9 at the Elk's Lodge, 232 Haywood Street, Asheville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elk's Club Christmas Shoe Party, PO Box 1740, Asheville NC 28802. The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff of the VA Medical Center for the excellent care they provided to Mr. Hanley. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. Dear Family,
    It was with great sadness that we learned of Jack’s passing. Throughout all of his years at ACR as a teacher and as a coach, he was highly respected and loved. His memory shall be held in high-esteem for his service to our Country in Viet Nam. The Conner family and children with to extend their deepest sympathies at this difficult time. May the Holy Spirit bring each of you comfort and peace. Rest in Peace, Jack.
    In Brotherly Love,
    Scott and Sharon, Tracy and Debbie, Travis and Kim, Tyla and Jason

  2. When someone passes, an obituary is automatic. It briefly summarizes the deceaseds begin inning, middle and ending. What it leaves out is all of the filling, the moments that made them so special. Jack Hanley had many faces. To some he was a teacher, a coach. To others, a golf buddie or a fellow elk member. To me, Uncle Jack was something all together different. He was the spontaneous uncle who showed up on the middle of the night with a Pyrenees puppy for me and my sister. He was the uncle who unpredictable and predictable at the same time. We never know what inappropriatness might spew out of his mouth in the middle of Time Square or who he may offend at Diana’s. what I always could count on from my Uncle Jack was his unconditional love. Never forgot a birthday, a Christmas. His visits were fun and exciting and comforting. The way he loved my mother, Helena, the way he adored my sister, Kelley and I. The way he cherished my dad, Chris,like a brother. . This is the Jack Hanley everyone should have been blessed enough to have known. Perfect? Definately not. Authentic? To the core. He left his mark everywhere he went, and for this my favorite uncle will live on forever. Love Always, Becky

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Jack’s illness and death. He gave such great advice when I first started out at ACR, and was amazing with his ‘kids’. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Sylvia,
    I am so sorry to hear about Jack. We will always remember his laugh and his little tricks. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. Uncle Jackie, aka ‘Uncle Wackie’ was the type of person everyone wants to be but so many don’t have the ‘guts’ to be. He was not afraid to be himself and speak his mind, even if it got him into trouble! I couldn’t wait for his visits because every single one of them was an adventure and a story to be retold again and again. He gave me my first dog. He attempted to teach me how to drive stick. He introduced me to Jimmy Buffet and the song ‘Margaritaville’ which I often play at full blast and remember our trips to NYC and to Gallagers to pick up ‘pizza’ or ‘milk’. He lit up a room and made friends wherever he went. I don’t think there was a day in his life that he didn’t LIVE. He loved my family dearly and never forgot a birthday or special Occasion. I am proud to call him my Uncle and his memory will live on in my heart forever.

  6. Uncle Jackie and I became closer over the last two years. During my childhood we all were living in the projects being a pain in the ass niece as usual . Threw the years the family have drifted so far apart, I could never understand why, and gave me a lot of family history that none of us new about for that I am very thankful. I wish we had more time. I am so much like him speak my mind it just flows out I begged everyone to pray for him threw the Middletown web site is and was well known and loved. I love you uncle jack to the moon and back ! until we meet again your always in my heart !


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