Robert John Hanna, Sr., 82, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died January 18, 2022. Bob was, according to the Reverend Leslie Johnson, a “good solid member” of Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Red River Presbytery) in Oklahoma City. Bob joined the US Air Force in 1956 and retired from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma County in 1977. He then worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for nineteen years. He was part of the Apollo re-entry program. After his second retirement, Bob was Santa Claus for ten years at the now defunct Crossroads Mall in south Oklahoma City. He was a consummate Mason having joined the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star, Amaranth, and the Shrine.
About Matthew Gore
Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.