Thomas "Tom" Hanner

thomas hanner

January 29, 1939 ~ December 14, 2023

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Thomas “Tom” Hanner, 84, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Aston Park Healthcare Center.

Born January 29, 1939 in Buncombe County, Tom was a son of the late Richard Rayfield Hanner and Leila Mitchell Hanner.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Mazingo Hanner; daughters, Elizabeth Padgett, Debbie Aslinger and Lindy Al-Hagal; son, Michael Hanner; step-daughters, Deborah Beane and Daphne Whitted; brother, David Hanner; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 17 at Trinity Baptist Church, with Pastors Winston Parrish, Fady Al-Hagal, Allen Rash and Doug Guy officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: December 17, 2023 2:30 pm

Trinity Baptist Church
216 Shelburne Road
Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 254-2187

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Tom was my wife’s dad, but for the last 26 years it seemed like he was mine too. Love you pop, see you again soon.

  2. Linda, just wanted to let you know how much you are loved. The first day we met at Trinity our hearts were bonded together. You and Tom hold a special place in our hearts. You were always so kind and thoughtful and both with a big smile. My heart is sad and joyful at the same time. Love you both and always will till we meet again soon. Donnie @ Karen Walker

  3. Tom was a good man, super real estate investor, mentor, and most importantly a Great Christian!
    We both came to Trinity from the same church. Every time i saw Tom he would ask me how my business was going and we would discuss the drama of being in the landlording business.
    I will miss him.

  4. My sweet Linda,
    My heart is broken for you. Tom always let me hug and kiss him and gave me his beautiful smile in return. We are loving on you in prayer my friend and sister.
    Soon and very soon❤️

  5. I’m here in India but thinking of you getting to be with Jesus. So glad to see you at Missions Conference and Sunday School. Always enjoyed your big smile and loving spirit

  6. Dearest Linda and family, I am so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. I thought he looked so good in October at the Mazingo family reunion. I’m so glad that we sat with you two and had a chance to chat. Hard to believe that was the last time seeing Tom. We will all miss him and pray that God comforts you with his loving grace and that your fond memories carry you through this time of sorrow. Love, Cousin Sandra

  7. Hello Linda and others that loved Tom. This morning I read a text message that broke my heart and at the same time provided joy, knowing that Tom was experiencing what we profess to believe (II Cor. 5:6-8, Phil. 1:21-23). How does one describe a “Tom Hanner” in words? He loved his Lord, his family, his church (especially the one he was raised in), his country, his friends, those he came in contact with and Emma! He was honest, loyal, sincere, a diligent & hard worker, a great friend and had an upbeat countenance about him. He didn’t just give lip service, he matched it with action, to the betterment of those around him. We’ll miss Tom greatly and mourn him, however we’ll know “He’s not gone, he’s just out of our sight”. With much love, Huey

  8. Linda I am so sorry I did not know Tom had passed. He was such a kind and caring man. He always smiling and so pleasant. You both were just the perfect couple. He loved you so much and you him. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. If you need anything please let us know. We love you and our prayers are with you. You are so precious and God bless you.

  9. Top 10 things I learned from my Dad:

    1. How to clean my plate, ( and how to go back for seconds)
    2. The love of adventure in the woods, and in the water
    3. The meaning of hard work and DYI (fixing up his rental properties)
    4. To turn off the lights, shut the door behind you, and to clean up after yourself
    5. How to answer the phone with a smile and give a firm handshake
    6. How to NOT be a minimalist, that is, how TO BE a pack rat
    7. How to always be prepared (you can never have too many work gloves or flashlights)
    8. How to solve problems and get it done right the first time
    9. How to give a shirt off your own back to someone else in need (he really did this)
    10. How to never meet a stranger

    He left a wonderful legacy for those who knew him. Love you, Pop, and looking forward to seeing you in heaven one day!

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