The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 19, 2013

Darrell D. Hankey

Published 3-19-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for Darrell D. Hankey, of Amorita, Okla., will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Riverside Church of Christ in Burlington, Okla. Ray Hull of Waynoka and Jeffrey Keele of Burlington will officiate. Burial will be in Byron-Amorita Cemetery under the direction of the Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Cherokee. Family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.  Remembrances may be shared at www.lan manmemorials.com.

Darrell was born Aug. 9, 1932, and departed this life to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

He was born and raised on the family farm, northeast of Amorita, to Floyd and Bertha Alexander Hankey.

Darrell attended school in Amorita, graduating in 1950.

On Nov. 14, 1953, he married Verla Smith at her parents’ home, northeast of Amorita. They were united in marriage by Minister Hartsell Johnson.

In 1953, Darrell was drafted into the service and left for the Army on Dec. 1, 1953, which was Verla’s birthday.

In May 1954, after high school graduation, she joined Darrell in Fairbanks, Alaska, where they spent their next year of marriage.

In August 1955, when Rick was six weeks old, they returned from Alaska to the Amorita area to help with her dad’s farming operation.

In August 1957, shortly after Darrell was dismissed from the army, Dale was born in Cherokee, Okla.

Darrell lived and farmed northeast of Amorita until his retirement. In November 2011, he decided to reside at the Kiowa District Manor in Kiowa, Kan. Darrell enjoyed his time at the manor and was a wonderful friend to all the residents and staff.

Darrell was a devoted farmer and loved the outdoors. He always had a kind and compassionate word for everyone and was always ready to tell the good news of Jesus, whether through teaching Bible classes or personal bible study. He was a member of Amorita Church of Christ and the Burlington Church of Christ. He served on the Byron-Amorita Cemetery Board, the USDA Community ASC Committee and was a Burlington FFA honorary chapter member.

He is survived by two sons, Rick Hankey and wife Beverly of Amorita, Okla., and Dale Hankey and wife Patty of Burlington, Okla.; and three grandchildren, Lindsey Callison and husband Kyle of Byron, Okla., Seth Hankey of Amorita, Okla., and Trevor Hankey of Burlington, Okla. He is also survived by two sisters, Rowena Grigg and Janet McCafferty; and a host of friends and family.

Those preceding him in death were his wife, Verla Hankey; his brother, Ray Dean Hankey; and his parents.

Memorials may be made to Lariat Creek Christian Camp, c/o Lanman Funeral Home, 1305 S. Grand, Cherokee, and Oklahoma 73728.

(Submitted by family)