Friday, November 21, 2003 5:45
ARTHUR ALLEN HANKS
My maternal great-grandfather
(b. Aug. 27, 1877; died Aug. 22, 1942)
by Randy Willis
Arthur Allen Hanks was born on August 27, 1877 in
Crowley, Louisiana. He died on August 22, 1942 in Norman, Oklahoma. His
family was living in Quay, Oklahoma at the time of his death. He is buried in
the Lawson Cemetery north of Yale, Oklahoma in an unmarked grave. He
farmed, worked on the railroad and worked for the Carter Oil Company. He also,
lived in Augusta, Kansas briefly, around 1930, but moved back to
His parents were William "Billy" Hanks and Francis
Cordelia Soileau Hanks (b. March 18, 1851; d. June 26, 1948). They
were married on November 8, 1873, in Opelousas, Louisiana.
His mother is buried at Elizabeth Memorial Baptist Church
Cemetery, near Branch, Louisiana next to her second husband, Rufus A.
Arthur Allen Hanks married Mary Stark (b. Jan. 18,
1860; d. Jan. 08, 1931) on Oct. 17, 1895.
17-years younger than her. They owned a meat market in Lecompte, Louisiana.
Their log home was located right in the middle of where IH 49 is today (approx.
500' south of Highway 112) near Lecompte. The Children of Arthur Allen
Hanks and Mary Stark were: my grandmother, Lillie Gertrude Hanks (b. Dec.
29, 1897; d. July 02, 1973), Ivy "Buddy" Lee Hanks (b. Nov. 18, 1898; d.
Dec. 10, 1982), William Hanks, b. Nov. 18, 1898; d. Dec. 16, 1898),
Callie Hanks (b. June 18, 1901) and Mary Cordelia "Delia" Hanks (b. Apr. 04,
1902; d. Aug. 20, 1946). My grandmother told me that each day, after school,
mother, Mary Stark Hanks, would say "little lady, get a potato and work n
the field." My Uncle Howard Willis, told me that his grandmother Mary Stark
Hanks, reminded him of Grandma Walton on "The Walton's" TV show.
Arthur Allen Hanks left Mary Stark Hanks and later
married (date unknown) Gertrude G. Jenkins (b. Aug 11, 1900; d. Jan. 15,
1973) and moved near Quay and Yale, Oklahoma. Gertrude Jenkins first
husband was a Laughful Miller; they had four children. Gertrude
in Tulsa on Jan. 15, 1973 and is buried in Cheneyville, Louisiana next to
her parents. Arthur Allen Hanks and Gertrude Jenkins also had four
children: Wilma Ruth Hanks (b. Mar. 14, 1928 in Quay, Ok.), Mary Hanks (b. June
24, 1930 in Augusta, Kansas; d. Oct. 10, 1962 with her husband in an auto
accident), Donna Faye Hanks (b. June 24, 1938 in Quay, Ok; d. Sept. 25, 2003)
and Edwin Lavelle Hanks (b. Dec. 17, 1941 in Yale, Ok). Arthur Allen
Hanks is buried in the Lawson Cemetery north of Yale, Oklahoma in an
unmarked grave. He farmed, worked on the railroad and worked for the
Carter Oil Company. He also, lived in Augusta, Kansas briefly, around 1930, but
moved back to Oklahoma.
Photo 1) Arthur Allen Hanks and first wife,
Mary Stark, and their children. Left to Right: Ivy Lee Hanks, Arthur
Hanks (sitting), Mary Delia Hanks (in father Arthur's lap), Callie Hanks
(standing in center), Mary Stark (sitting), Leone Johnson (in Mary's lap), and
my grandmother Lillie Gertrude Hanks (standing on right side; she married
Randall Lee Willis).
Hanks and second wife Gertrude Jenkins Hanks.
Photo 3) (Circa 1890) Front row, left to
right, Francis Cordelia Soileau Hanks (wife of William Hanks), Lucy Hanks (b.
1881; d. ca. 1899 - never married), Mary Elizabeth Hanks (b. June 4, 1884; d.
Dec. 8, 1957 - married William Nathan Huckeby), Benton Horace Hanks (b. Aug.
1887; Sept. 14, 1929 - married Edna "Charlie" Oliver).
row, left to right, Arthur Allen Hanks (my great-grandfather, (b. Aug. 27,
d. Aug. 22, 1942, first married Mary Stark and then Gertrude Jenkins), Alice
Dore Hanks (b. Feb. 17, 1875; d. Mar. 28, 1948 - married Robert Carter)
and Caroline Hanks (b. Feb. 16, 1879; d. Feb. 27, 1950 - married William
Photo 4) (1938) Arthur Allen Hanks and his
mother Francis Cordelia Soileau Hanks.
Arthur Allen Hanks and daughters by Gertrude Jenkins Hanks: Wilma Hanks
and Mary Hanks near Norfork, Ok.
Arthur Allen Hanks' first wife Mary Stark Oliver Hanks. H
er first husband, Charles D. Oliver, died in 1887
at age 29.