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Celebration of Life for long time former County Manager Hankerson

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February 7, 2024

Hundreds gathered at the Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta to celebrate the life of former County Manager David Hankerson. Hankerson died last week at the age of 77 following a long illness. 

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Hankerson funeral service

Both current and former county employees filled the chapel to reminisce about the man known as “Mister H.” He was Cobb County’s first African-American County Manager and the longest serving. Hankerson shepherded the county from a quiet suburb to a growing metropolitan county.

Current County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris told the audience her heart was filled with many emotions. She knew many who worked for Hankerson considered him a tough but fair boss.

“He was direct, he was straightforward, he was no-holds-barred, he was serious,” Dr. McMorris said. “But he was also compassionate and passionate. He loved this county dearly.”

Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Cupid said the crowd “said a lot about his ability to reach across any spectrum and connect with people.”

Watch the Celebration of Life

Watch the memorial slide show

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