CENTERBURG — Hermes O. Hankins, 91, of Centerburg, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Oct. 26, 2013, at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
He was born March 19, 1922, in Tazewell, Va., to the late John E. and Drucilla (Whitt) Hankins. A graduate of Garden High School in Virginia in 1941, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 906th Ordinance Company with tours in England, France and Belgium. A lifelong farmer of grain, cattle and hogs, Hermes first worked as a riveter for Curtis Wright. He then worked over 20 years as a millwright with PPG and retired from Continental Can in Mount Vernon.
In 1947, he married Sarah (Koebel) in Greenup, Ky., his beloved wife of 66 years. She was his true love and with a wink often reminding her, “keep a lid on the sugar bowl to keep the bees away,” as she was his true honey.
Quick witted and always with a joke, he was the consummate story teller, even though it may be the same story over and over. He was the self-proclaimed un-official mayor of Bloomfield, the South end as he would express. Diligent and hardworking, he was an excellent provider. He attended the Owl Creek Primitive Baptist Church and was a former member of the Highland Lions Club.
Good with both numbers and business sense, his mind worked faster than a calculator. He loved all sports, which he coached from his easy chair; he especially enjoyed a passion for Highland High School sports. Wrigley’s spearmint chewing gum was his favorite. Wednesdays were spent at Producers in Mount Vernon, followed by lunch at Tiffany’s or The Alcove. He enjoyed cherry pie after every meal, with the exception of breakfast, which was blackberry jelly, toast and, of course, coffee with cow. With his candid smile if he was told he was good looking, he would correct you and say no he was handsome. He will be remembered as a master story teller.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sarah; son, Mark (Sandra) Hankins of Centerburg; daughter, Melissa (Todd) Nauman of Fredericktown; daughter-in-law, Cathy Hankins of Dublin; five grandchildren, Zachariah (Heather) Hankins, Sheena Hankins (Travis Yoakam), Shane Hankins, Heather Nauman and Micaela Nauman; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by infant son, John Hankins; son, Michael Hankins in 1984; brother, John R. “J.R.” Hankins; sisters, Ruby Brewster, Grey Brummitt, Sadie Addison and Gerthel Linkous.
Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will follow 11 a.m. on Friday with Brothers Jack Griffith and Darvin Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery, with military honors provided by the VFW Post 8054 and American Legion Post 87.
Memorial contributions can be made to Highland High School Athletic Department; or any home health care organization or hospice, many of which assisted the Hankins Family.
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