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Marnzell Hand, Sr. was born April 3, 1955 in Staten Island, New York, and exchanged mortality for immortality on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his residence in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Marnzell was the son of Gracie Phillips Hand and the late Jerry L. Hand.  He was preceded in death by his son, Marnzell Gerald Hand.

Marnzel’s early church influence was by way of the Henry’s Chapel A.M.E, Zion Church, Belmont, North Carolina.  We must note Marnzell’s enjoyment of laughter!  In fact, he had a hearty laugh that would embrace all around him.

Marnzell received his diploma from Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina.  His career path included several areas of employment ranging from food service to business work operations.  One of the most interesting aspects of Marnzell’s life was his joy and delight in playing the game of “chess”.  Marnzell participated in several state chess tournaments, and beyond.  Other enjoyment for Marnzell was being an avid reader of books.

He leaves to cherish precious memories his mother, Gracie Phillips Hand of Belmont, N.C.; grandchildren, Kyleigh Grace Hand and Aaron Nichols Hand of Gastonia, N.C.; brother, Mark Hand of Belmont, N.C.; aunts, Sarah Julia Phillips Dowtin of Staten Island, N.Y.; Betty Hand Earle of Belmont, N.C., Marie Anthony Hand of Los Angeles, CA.; uncle, James Hope Phillips of Gastonia, N.C.; a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangement


Henry's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church
151 Henry Chapel Road
Belmont,   N.C.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends at the church for forty-five minutes prior to funeral
(12:15 until 1:00 P.M.) 

Church Cemetery

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  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Sincere Condolences To The Hand Family, So sorry for your loss. May, "the God of all comfort," be with you and your family during this time of sorrow. 2 Corinthians 1:3. With Peace & Loving-Kindness,
    ~ F. Taylor   Wilson, NC
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Classmate, RIP. Miss you!
    ~ Lawrence Kendrick   Fords, NJ
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. Death is so hard to deal with.The bible does provide us with comfort and hope during times such as these. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more. This is so comforting when we realize that this has to be referring to the earth, since these things don't occur in heaven.
    ~ Lisa L