Frank E. Hanshaw Jr.


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Frank's Story

Frank grew up in Huntington WV, the son of a Wholesale Furniture Company businessman. He worked over 60 years at Huntington Wholesale Furniture company from ages 23 to 88. He valued God, community, family, mentorship, honesty, loyalty, a hard work ethic, having a positive outlook on life. His favorite line was, “everything is going to work out; just keep doing what you love”. He also believed in giving to charities. He gave to over 40 charities every year.

He would say, “You don’t have to give a lot to make a difference.”

He attended Kentucky Military Institute, Davidson College, George Washington University (MBA) and High Point University (honorary Management Degree). He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was an active lifelong member of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church and E.T. Jones Fellowship Class. Frank was the past president of the International Wholesale Furniture Association and Associated Furniture Distributors; Marketing of Furniture Interior Design Advisory Board (member); and the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church Board of Trustees (chair).

He also contributed to the Huntington Federal Savings Bank Board of Directors (secretary); The Huntington Foundation (vice president); Huntington Rotary Club (past president); Rotary Park Committee (chair); Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (past chair); United Way of the River Cities Board of Trustees (past president); Marshall University Library Associates (past chair); City Club of Huntington (past president); 2005 recipient of the Rotary International “Commitment to Service” award and 2006 Inductee of the City of Huntington “Wall of Fame”. He loved his country and served on the U.S. Army Reserves (retired Major) and the Reserve Officers Association (member).

Most importantly and what was of most value for the people who Frank touched, was that he was the epitome of what it took to be a friend. His biggest gift to the world was accepting people for who they were. The poem below was one of his favorites and is one of the pathways to how i.b.mee. was created. His acceptance and love for Meg Hanshaw, his daughter, gave her the values and foundation to create the nonprofit, i.b.mee. in 2010.

Meg’s 30 years of personal development research found that the #1 variable that supported young people in thriving is the freedom, confidence and skills to know, love, trust and be themselves.

Frank Hanshaw knew, loved, trusted and was himself at the highest level, especially during the last 20 years of his life. On August 30, 2019, he was tragically killed by a car when leaving for his usual daily errands for his furniture store. He was 88 years old going on 75. He was healthy and still a contributing member of his community. He would want to leave a legacy for the next generation to pass along the values he epitomized. Therefore, a percentage of the money received from his accidental death claim and all donations given to i.b.mee. in memory of Frank started the FEH Jr. Scholarship Fund.

The money contributed to this fund will go to rising high school JUNIORS who are in families who need financial assistance to attend i.b.mee.’s Live Your Legacy Summits or to take part in individualized Personal Empowerment Coaching.

The up to $1500 per student that this fund will contribute so that the student will learn how to thrive in school, relationships, career and life, will offset the up to 2.5 million dollars that would be lost to excessive judicial, healthcare and lost work productivity costs if one of these students goes offtrack and drops out of school, lives off the system, or does not carry out his/her individual purpose.

What's a friend?

What is a friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself. Your soul can be naked with him. He seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are. He does not want you to be better or worse. when you are with him, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent. You do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you. He understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you. With him you breathe freely because you are never judged. You can share your little vanities and envies and hates and vicious sparks, your meannesses and absurdities and, in opening them up to him, they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of his loyalty. He understands. You do not have to be careful. Best of all, you can keep still with him. It makes no matter. He likes you. He is like fire that purges to the bone. He understands. He understands. You can weep with him, sin with him, laugh with him, pray with him. Through it all-and underneath -he sees, knows and loves you. A friend? What is a friend? Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself. 

– C. Raymond Beran

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