2017-02-16 / Obituaries

Fred Woodward Hannes Sr.

Funeral services for Fred Woodward Hannes, 76, of Giddings, Texas are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Giddings. A light luncheon will be served directly after the service in the church fellowship hall. Visitation will be held at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings Friday, February 17, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The family will be present for visitation Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fred Woodward Hannes passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Fred was born April 17, 1940 in Bryan, Texas, to Monroe and Ellie Hannes and was raised in Giddings, Texas. Fred graduated from Giddings High School in 1958 where was he was senior class president and active in football, baseball, track and choir. After high school, Fred attended Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Immediately after graduation, he was accepted into the United States Navy Officer Candidate School and served as Lieutenant Junior Grade on the USS Ticonderoga through 1965. Fred then became a Naval ROTC instructor at Purdue University.

Fred married Susan Pool in 1963 and together with their young son, Fred Hannes, Jr., returned to Giddings, Texas in 1967 after Fred was discharged from the military. Upon returning to Giddings, Fred went to work alongside his father and uncle, Emmitt Hannes, at First National Bank of Giddings. During his 40-year tenure with the bank, Fred held numerous positions, retiring as senior vice president in 2006. He was appointed to the bank board of directors in 1969 and served in that capacity until 2016. As Fred continued to grow his career, his family also grew with the birth of John Hannes in 1969. He married his lovely wife, Dianna, in 1976. Fred then returned to SMU in 1978 to complete his master’s degree in banking.

Fred served on the Bluebonnet Electrical Co-op Board of Directors from 1983 to 2010. He was also involved in the State School Auxiliary Committee, Lion’s Club, Lee Memorial Hospital Board, Cummins Creek Country Club, and an avid supporter of many local organizations. As a lifelong member of the First United Methodist church, Fred was active in a number of ministry efforts, serving on the finance committee for many years and singing in the church choir. Fred loved to travel. Whether it was to Port Aransas, Texas, Estes Park, Colorado, or Peru, he always had a camera in hand ready to capture a memory or moment. He loved nature and spending time at the farm in Lincoln, Texas with his family and dogs – especially his grandsons, Andrew, Nicholas and Kenneth Hannes.

Fred is survived by his wife, Dianna Hannes of Giddings, Texas; son, Fred Hannes, Jr. and his wife, Shelley; son, John Hannes and his wife, Kim; grandson, Andrew Hannes and his wife, Melissa; grandson, Nicholas Hannes and his wife, Hannah, and grandson, Kenneth Hannes; four greatgrandchildren, Eli, Caden, Oliver and Noah; nieces, Amy Hardy and Melissa Ferriol and their families, and nephew, David Pieratt.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Hannes Davis.

Memorials may be made to the Giddings First United Methodist Church in Giddings, Texas, Shorter Chapel AME Church in Giddings, Texas or Hospice Brazos Valley in La Grange, Texas.

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