Meet Carnell Hannon

Meet Carnell Hannon

A Hebrew Home Resident Portrait

Hannon, Meet CarnellWasserman resident Carnell Hannon moved to the Hebrew Home at her daughter’s urging to receive round-the-clock care following a hip injury.

The youngest of five children, Carnell was born two weeks before “Black Thursday,” the day of the 1929 Wall Street crash. Despite the hard times of that period, Carnell remembers a happy childhood in the outskirts of a small Alabama town, where her parents worked as farmers and were active members of their local Baptist church. Later, Carnell married Homer, gave birth to two daughters, and became a beautician, styling hair for 37 years. Homer meanwhile earned his living as a railroad employee. She smiles as she shares that she and her husband made it a priority to send both daughters to college and see that they graduated without debt.

Carnell is proud of her volunteer work within her Alabama church community, particularly when recalling efforts to collect money for the March of Dimes. In her free time, Carnell also cultivated many hobbies, including ceramics.

 Carnell lived in Alabama for over 75 years before retiring and moving to the DC area so that her daughter Ollie Gilford could care for her. Today, she lives comfortably at the Hebrew Home. She especially looks forward to frequent visits with her four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, including four-year-old Bryce Holcomb, pictured with her, and her eldest great-grandchild, who, as of this writing, completed his freshmen year of college.

David Wolf, the high school student who was privileged to interview Carnell, notes that he was inspired by this kind, lively woman, who conveyed to him the importance of hard work, devotion to family and religion, and enriching outside interests. In bidding farewell, David says “she paid me a great complement by adding “I admire young people who can lift themselves up and do good things like you’ve done by spending time with me.”


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