Ernest 'Ernie' R. Hanford, 92, of Southern Pines died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at his home.
A memorial service will held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21st at Community Congregational United Church of Christ.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Born December 27, 1920 in Springfield, MA he served our country in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1947 with overseas assignments in Newfoundland during WWII. He also served in the Air Force Reserves as a Sergeant from 1947 until 1951.
Ernie was a graduate of The International College and worked for insurance companies, banks, and also as a manager of a Friendley's Ice Cream Restaurant.
Ernie and his wife, Ruth were married for 54 years when she passed away in 2005. During those years they traveled to all 50 states and several other countries. They enjoyed many Elderhoster Weeks and cruises. They loved to entertain and one of their favorite activities was playing bridge.
Since arriving in Southern Pines 30 years ago, Ernie has been very involved in volunteering for community and county organizations. He received the Governor's Volunteer Award in 1988, the Southern Pines Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1992, the United Way Humanitarian Award in 1995, and the United Way Cornerstone Award in 2010.
Ernie was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth and his sister, Barbara.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Hanford, Scheid, and Foss family. He had many wonderful friends from MA and CT that he continued to stay in touch with. He had fantastic friendships with his neighbors in Knollwood Village and those he knew from his churches and the organizations for which he volunteered.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 141 N. Bennett Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387
Powell Funeral Home and Crematory are in charge of the arrangements.
Online Condolences may be made at www.PinesFunerals.com

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  1. I had the pleasure of briefly working with Ernie. During that time he taught me the meaning of living a plentiful life regardless of circumstances.
    Yolanda

  2. From The United Way of Moore County e-newsletter – Spring 2010.
    Ernie Hanford Receives Cornerstone Award.
    The Board of Directors [of United Way of Moore County] honored Ernest "Ernie%u201D Hanford with the 2010 Cornerstone of the Community

  3. Where do I begin…it will be very difficult not seeing Ernie’s sweet face, wonderful smile and the high energy that Ernie always had. What a wonderful man! Love, Lynne and Steve Drinkwater

  4. Earnie was a great volunteer for the Southern Pines Police Department for many years. He reached out to victims through the Victim Contact Program and provided reassurance and comfort in a way that Earie was known for. Earnie volunteered in so many places

  5. Ernie was my dad’s uncle and the closest thing I had to a grandpa. The picture below is from 2007 when he came to Oregon for my wedding.

  6. Ernie was a good guy and one of the people who made this area so special. I met him during the early days of a my radio career with WIOZ in the mid-80s. He was involved in so many things and gave back to his community in so many ways. It was amazing. A wo

  7. Ernie was the the volunteer for so many organizations. I can’t tell you how many times I attended an event and Ernie was there to help me park my car. He volunteered for other activities and always with a smile. He was a people person and I’m glad I had t

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