Herbert Jeffery Hanks, 86, a native of Batesville, AR died peacefully in his sleep at Yuma, AZ the 15th of August, 2018. For a man who never once in his life got in a hurry, he passed quickly and suddenly, less than 6 weeks after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. The son of Ray and Gladys Hanks, former Batesville residents, he was born in Batesville August 3, 1932. He was married to Margaret Kelley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Kelley, also former residents.
Herb was an outstanding athlete at Batesville High School in the late 1940s winning letters in football, basketball, and track. He was an all-state basketball player and a member of the “Mighty Midgets”, Batesville’s most renowned basketball team since the 1927 Pioneer team that played in the finals of the National High School Championship. Herb entered what is now the University of Central Arkansas on a football scholarship. After graduating, he moved to Arizona and earned a masters degree in mathematics at Northern Arizona University. He was chairman of the mathematics department at Flagstaff High School. Later, he changed careers and worked as a sales representative for the Hillyard Company in northern Arizona. He was an infantry sergeant in Batesville’s Company L, Arkansas National Guard during his high school and college days, and also served as an officer in the Arizona National Guard and was a former company commander of an infantry unit at Flagstaff. Upon retiring, Herb and Margaret traveled extensively and did a number of US and international home exchanges. After living in Flagstaff for 50 years, they moved briefly to Hot Springs Village, AR, but moved back to Cottonwood, AZ in 2000 (because their two favorite children lived in Arizona).
Our dad was a fastidious man who taught us that “a job worth doing is worth doing right”. He alphabetized his tools, never met a cleaning product he didn’t like, and wore driving gloves whether going to the mailbox around the corner or cross country. He liked a cold Bud Light and popcorn for happy hour. He was a die-hard Democrat and, later in life, greatly enjoyed waterboarding his Republican children with MSNBC whenever possible. He rotated his tires and changed his air filters on time but, most of all, he loved his family and his country. Rest in Peace Peepaw.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Kelley Hanks, and five children: Brenna Paulin (Jerry), Yuma, AZ; Terry Hanks (Peg), Tampa, FL; Cheryl Mason, Hot Springs Village, AR; Jeff Hanks (Jan), Jeffersonton, VA; and Wayne Hanks, Flagstaff, AZ. Other survivors are 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; his brother, Dale Hanks, Ashland, VA; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and three sisters, Lois Long, Joyce Canups, and Merle King.
A memorial service is set for Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. at the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road, Sedona, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Sedona United Methodist Church or Hospice of Yuma, AZ.