Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reavil Edwin Hankins Sr. 1916-1986

Reavil Edwin Hankins Sr., was born on April 14, 1916 to Elmer and Mamie Harris Hankins, and departed this life August 22, 1986, after attaining the age of seventy years, four months, and eight days.

On July 22, 1939, he was united in marriage with Charlotte Elizabeth Nickolaus.  To this union was born five children, Peggy Lambert of Brookfield, Missouri, Kenneth Hankins of Columbus, Georgia, MSGT Keith Hankins of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Sharon Gundram and Reavil Hankins Jr. (Skip) both of Richland.

In October 1952 he received Jesus as His Savior and in 1953 he surrendered to God’s call to the ministry.  He pastured the Shepherd Hopewell Baptist Church, the Hawkeye Baptist Church and the Cedar Bluff Baptist Church in Pulaski Baptist Association and the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Phelps Baptist Church Association.

At the time of his death he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Richland.  He was an active participant in the Pulaski Baptist Association serving two terms as Moderator, one as Budget Chairman, one as Stewardship Chairman, and many years as a Counselor at youth and children’s camps.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 26, 1986 at 11:00 A.M. with Ministers, Rev. Roger Marshall and Rev. Dennis Crowder officiating under the Direction of the First Baptist Church.

Resting place was in the Oaklawn Cemetery.

Escorts for Mr. Hankins were: Gene Shelton, John Sigler, Rollins Howlett, Verner Page, Gene Brady and Don Groves.

Honorary Escorts were: Lucky Chance, Lee Groves, Jewell Groves, Jess Matthews and Ralph Duncan.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte, his five children, Peggy, Kenny, Keith, Sharon and Skip; eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mamie and Elmer Hankins, and by one granddaughter, Christina Ann Hankins.

He also leaves to mourn his passing many friends and relatives who will miss him very much but who know he has gone to a much better home with his Lord. 

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