The Clayburn J. Sr. & Garnet R. Hanna Scholarship Fund was created by the family of Clayburn and Garnet Hanna to honor their commitment to education.
Clayburn Hanna was born in April 1916. After his mother passed away when he was three years old, Clayburn's father sent him to live with his grandparents until remarrying when Clayburn was eleven. With someone at home to care for him, Clayburn returned home to the farm. Due to the blending of two families, there were eleven children in Clayburn's family, a circumstance that left no money to fund education. After graduating from Elizabeth High School, Clayburn earned a football scholarship and worked his way through the University of Charleston. He was so convinced of the importance of education beyond high school that he helped finance the education of some of his brothers and sisters.
After he completed his education, Clayburn held various jobs, including driving a school bus, working for the Agriculture Department and teaching school. He was unable to serve in World War II due to an old injury and the fact that he had small children. He ultimately worked as an accountant for Parkersburg Lumber and managed one of its stores.
In addition to his work as an accountant, he and Garnet lived on and worked a farm for most of their fifty-five year marriage. This combined with their shared interest in family left little time for hobbies. Clayburn and Garnet had two daughters and a son.
Garnet was born in Evelyn, West Virginia in February of 1917, the daughter of James H. and Emma (Tucker) Davis. She has an extraordinary homemaker, who loved quilting, needlework, gardening, and preserving and was happiest when feeding her family and their friends. She worked for Dils Brothers Department Store in the 1960's.