Beatrice Booth Hanson, known to her friends as “Bea”, was born November 1, 1922 in Greene County, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Albert Henley and Lonie Belle Phelps Booth. She was married for 64 years to the late Oscar Thomas “Buddy” Hanson and is survived by a daughter-in-law, Glenda Fuller Hanson, two granddaughters: Dr. Brittany A. Bledsoe and Megan Booth Higginbotham (M. Ray), two great granddaughters: Lauren Elizabeth Bledsoe and Madeline Grace Bledsoe. She was preceded in death by her son, Oscar Thomas “Buddy” Hanson, Jr., two brothers: Rev. W.T. Booth and Robert Harris Booth and a sister: Louise Booth Bray.
Mrs. Hanson was a loyal member of Madison Baptist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class.
Beatrice Booth Hanson grew up in Morgan County, graduating from Madison High School in 1939. After graduating from high school, she was employed by Delta Airlines in Atlanta. On September 8, 1942, she married Oscar Thomas “Buddy” Hanson at her home in Madison with her brother, the Reverend W.T. Booth, performing the ceremony. Hanson was serving in the United States Marine Corps in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. When her husband was transferred to Camp Pendleton, California, she accompanied him and was employed at the base before returning to Madison.
Beatrice Hanson was one of Madison’s outstanding businesswomen. Her career began in 1943 at Thurmond Manufacturing, later known as Morgan Sportswear. She was Office Manager and Assistant Plant Manager for 31 years. The company employed 650 employees in four plants: Madison, Rutledge, Monticello and Dacula. After her retirement from Morgan Sportswear, she became Madison’s first female License Examiner at the Georgia State Patrol Post. In 1984, she received the Proficiency Award from the Colonel Hugh Hardison of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
After 16 years of service she retired from the Department of Public Safety at the age of 69. Later she was involved with R & R Enterprise (antiques) for several years. Mrs. Hanson also assisted the Davis Family, John and S.R., in the opening and management of the Madison Davis Brothers Cafeteria and Motor Lodge.
Mrs. Hanson is remembered for her direct manner and business ability. She served the business industry of Madison well in a day when businesswomen were just emerging. She will be greatly missed by the family she loved and the community she served.
The family received friends on Tuesday, December 27 from 9-11 a.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m.in the chapel. Interment followed at the Madison City Cemetery.