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A.Dee Hannah, Jr. was born in Forrest City, Arkansas on August 14, 1957 to the proud parents Flora and A.Dee Hannah, Sr. The family soon moved to California where he grew up in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. He was the eldest of four children. A.Dee attended the Starr King Elementary School, Horace Mann Jr. High School and later graduated from the Galileo High School class of 1975. A.Dee then attended the City College of San Francisco and went onto CSU Sacramento. He was an avid sports player where he played football and baseball throughout his school age yearsandreceived MVP in baseball while attending the Galileo High School.

A.Dee attended the Greater New St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the teachings of the late Reverend D.D. Dews where he accepted Christ at an early age.A.Dee also attended Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Henry Malone, the Perazim Christian LibertyBible Church under the leadership of Pastor Clarence Lewis III and in 2006 he became a member of the Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth Reece where he became a member of the Male Chorus, Voices of Cornerstone and the Scholarship Ministry. A.Dee was later ordained as a Deacon on March 10, 2010.

In 1976, A.Dee met the love of his life, Sheila Johnson (known to him as Cupcake) at City College of San Francisco. They later married on June 13, 1981. In 1986, they were blessed with their first daughter, Adeeshela and in 1989 were blessed with their second daughter, Asha. In 2012 their love for each other was witnessed by many friends and family who attended their all white 31st Anniversary Celebration as A.Dee sung to his bride "One in a Million" and as they danced to Patti Labelle's "Solid Ground".

A.Dee was employed by the S.F. Housing Authority in 1981 where he worked as an electrician. He was well loved by his tenants and stayed in communication with most of them even after retirement.

A.Dee had a true passion for music; he began playing the saxophone in middle school, he went on to play in school and local bands, including the Love Poets Band. He had various favorite musical artists including the Persuasions, Polyester Players, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Tower of Power featuring Lenny Williams. One summer he insisted on taking hisfamily to all of the county fairs in the Bay Area to hear Tower of Power play. A.Dee was speechless when he answered a phone call and on the other end was Lenny Williams wishing him a "Happy Father's Day". He said that it was his "best Father's Day ever"! He was an avid collector of Hot Wheels and collected thousands of rare and valuable cars.

As a father, A.Dee's priority for his daughters was for them to excel in college and go on to receive Master's Degrees, which he was able to see both of them accomplish before he passed. He was a very involved parent throughout their lives; he took parent participation to another level by managing the concession stand at their PAL home games, chaperoning school dances (even after they no longer attended the school), and coaching his daughters' sports teams. His passion for education was not only for his daughters, but also for other young people, so he joined the Young Scholars Program under the leadership of Jacqueline Rushing where he mentored and chaperoned youth on Black college tours and every Christmas played Santa for their Breakfast with Santa program.
His mother, Flora "Flo" Izora Hannah, preceded A.Dee in death. He leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his life, his loving wife of 33 years, Sheila Johnson-Hannah; two exceptional daughters, Adeeshela and Asha Hannah of Oakland; his father, A.Dee Hannah, Sr. (Mary) of Sacramento; two brothers, Kent Brooks of Modesto, Michael Hannah (Petra) of Lancaster; two sisters, Paula Hunter of Atwater, Lora Storey of Sacramento; three sister-in-laws; his best friend, Freddie Carter, Sr. of San Francisco;three God Daughters and two God Sons; the S. F. Housing Authority Family and a host of other relatives and friends.
A.Dee was known for his big heart and infectious smile; he had a genuine love for people and children. To the end, he continued to uplift his daughters and wife with memories and encouraging words as he said "goodbye" to each of them.