Joseph "Joe" was born October 12, 1930 in Holcomb, Kansas to Naomi Cecil (VanDolah) and David Russell Hankins along with 6 siblings. Joe attended Holcomb Schools where he ran track in high school and graduated in 1948.
He joined and served in the United States Air Force as a Military Police Officer. He was stationed in California and Texas.
In 1951 he married Marjorie Helen Moler and from this union they had four children.
Joe was a bus mechanic, bus driver and later Transportation Director. After moving to Garden City in 1979 he worked and retired from Federal Express. He enjoyed reading, collecting books, painting, photography, wood and metal work, telling stories, baking and spending time with his family. Joe was also a Sunday School teacher and active member in the Sublette Methodist Church while raising his family.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gene Hankins, sisters Maxine Saiz, and Marjorie Smith, 4 brother in laws Eddie Talbert, Kenneth Smith, Pete Flynn and Jay Near, and a son in law Mervin "Dave" Davis.
He is survived by his children David Hankins of Washington, Susan Morris (Gene) Liberal Kansas, Cynthia Davis Ford, Kansas and Phil Hankins of Florida. Grandchildren Jenna Warne (Brent) Ford, KS, James Hankins (Heather) of Gallup New Mexico, E.J. Morris (Jennifer) of Liberal KS, Kenny Goodwin and Kevin Hankins of Florida and a granddaughter of the heart Stephanie Hahn of Garden City. Great grandchildren Isaiah, Shemar and Zietta Warnke, of Ford, Kansas. Coby, Kiana, Damyn, Chloe, Jayden and baby Hankins,of Garden City and Gallup, NM and Ily and Destan Morris of Liberal. Sisters Peggy Flynn, Shirley Talbert and Sue Near all of Garden City. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was affectionately called Papa Joe by his grand and great grand children and known as " Joe Baby"by many he drove on his bus in Sublette. They would often sing, " We love you Joe Baby, Oh yes we do........"to him.
Funeral will be Wednesday September 26, 2018 11 am at Church of The Brethren Garden City. Graveside military honors and burial will follow at Valley View Cemetary, Garden City, Kansas.
There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.
Memorials are suggested to the Joseph Hankins Memorial in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home.