Kenneth M. Hankins, Sr., 85, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas surrounded by his family.
Kenneth was born to Annabel Whitley Hankins and D. M. Hankins on October 18, 1933 in Odessa, Texas at the Headlee Clinic. The family lived in Crane, Texas and moved to Odessa in 1935. Kenneth attended school in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School in 1952 and then graduated from Texas A&M in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Pat Roscoe, on June 9, 1956. They were married 52 years until her death on January 2, 2009.
Kenneth was self-employed as an independent oil producer. He was also co-owner of Kiddie Kollege Kindergarten for many years where he drove the school bus every morning. He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas for over 50 years. Kenneth taught youth and adult Sunday School classes and was Chairman of the Church Picnic and the Wild Game Banquets for many years. He also served on numerous church committees throughout the years and was Chairman of the Building Committee for the new Worship Center. Kenneth was active in his community serving on the Tri Ethnic Committee for ECISD as well as a finish judge for the West Texas Relays for 50 years. He was honored for his efforts working on school bond issues. He was the Odessa High School Football Booster Club President in 1974-75. He also served on the Ector County Appraisal Board and the Ector County Park Board. Kenneth loved all things Texas A&M and was a member of the 12th Man Foundation Board in addition to other Texas A&M committees. Kenneth served as President of the Odessa A&M Club and helped several Odessa students obtain funds to attend Texas A&M.
Kenneth married Dian Bateman Sherrod on April 16, 2016 and moved to San Antonio, Texas. They spent the last few years traveling, golfing and enjoying retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Annabel and D. M. Hankins and his first wife, Pat Hankins.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Dian, of San Antonio; son, Ken Hankins, Jr. and wife, Ann, of Midland; daughter, Ann Kennedy and husband, Glenn; son, Grayson Hankins and wife, Leslie, all of Odessa; and daughter, Angela Pettit and husband, John, of San Antonio; grandchildren, K. M. “Tripp” Hankins III and Porter Hankins of Midland; Travis Kennedy and wife, Laura, of Ft. Worth; Elizabeth Kennedy Barnhisel and husband, Captain Robert Barnhisel, of Beaufort, South Carolina; Kyle Hankins Kennedy, and Madison, Garrett and Grant Hankins all of Odessa; and Georgia and Anna Beth Tipton of San Antonio; and great-grandson, Bo Barnhisel.
Graveside service will be at 11 am, Monday, January 7, 2019 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Odessa following the burial and will be officiated by Dr. Byron McWilliams. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home of Odessa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Odessa Building Fund or to the charity of your choice.
From the time we moved here in 1968 to coach and teach, Kenneth Hankins was a big part of the gracious welcoming committee. Jack came to coach baseball and football at Odessa High and Kenneth's support and encouragement as a booster was so appreciated.
To Kenneth's family we extend our love and sympathy.He and his family were very special friends.
Lynne and Jack CowanOdessa, TX
Mike & I are sorry for your loss. Ken did a lot to help the community where he lived. His legacy is the efforts he did in different organizations. The lord bless everyone of his family!
Edna KruegerOdessa, TX
I never knew Mr. Hankins but he has a wonderful family and my thoughts are with them.
Lee CassinDeBeque, CO
Mere words cannot express the sorrow we feel for the loss of our dear friend Kenneth.
Too late in life we met this gentle man through our friend Dian. He never failed to bring a smile to our faces during visits to Odessa, San Antonio and our home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We were honored to know him and call him a friend. We wish to extend condolences to Dian and all of his family as they truly lost a wonderful man.
Love, Connie & Michael
Connie Mansell and Michael PolanskyPagosa Springs, CO
So sorry to hear about Mr. Hankins. He was such a nice man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I was there when he had Kiddie College! Good memories there. Grayson and I worked together for years. Great man and son!
Emily Thielepape LoikaOdessa, TX
So grateful for all the wonderful times we have spent with the Hankins’ family as family and friends. We shall treasure our days with all of our Odessa friends. You will be missed but we know you are now with the Lord and that we will see you and Pat again. We pray God’s richest blessings on each person in your family!
Lavon/Melba AndersonCollege Station, TX
Our thoughts are with you.
Baxter % Shirley BreauxOdessa, TX
Ken was a precious Christian friend to us for many years at First Baptist Odessa. He already has everyone laughing in Heaven. Blessings to your family who were lucky enough to have Pat & Ken for parents. Glenda & Glenn Carr
Glenda & Glenn CarrDenton, TX
My prayers are with family. I rejoice when I remember the many wonderful memories of times our family’s spent together.And knowing he is with the Lord.
John quisenberryNew Braunfels, TX
Kenneth was a good Christian friendly oerson. He will be miss but not forgotten.Prsyers to the family.🙏🏻❤️
Alan HurleyOdessa, TX
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David ChancellorOdessa, TX