Friday, November 21, 2003 5:44
Mary Stark Oliver Hanks
Mary Stark Oliver
(b. Jan. 18, 1860; d. Jan. 08,
by Randy Willis
She traveled by covered wagon with her parents,
John M. Stark and Marie Deroussel, to Branch, Louisiana and later, in
1910, to Lecompte, Louisiana. She often spoke of the panthers screaming
the woods there, she said "they screamed just like a women."
first husband was Charles D. Oliver (b. Jan. 14, 1858; d. July 28, 1887 in
Prairie Hays, Louisiana). Charles D. Oliver and Mary Stark married
January 17, 1878 and had six children before his premature-death, at age 29.
Their children were Wayne Oliver (b. Oct. 26, 1878; d. Oct. 25, 1942), John Pat
Oliver (June 16, 1880; d. Apr. 25, 1960), Clarinda "Clara" Oliver (Dec. 07,
1881; d. Dec. 07, 1940), Rufus Oliver (b. June 19, 1883; d. Nov. 29, 1963),
Alice Oliver (b. June 07, 1886; d. June 18, 1971) and Edna "Charlie" Oliver (b.
Sept. 29, 1887; d. Aug 26, 1967).
Mary Stark then married my great-grandfather,
Arthur Allen Hanks (b.Aug. 27, 1877; d. Aug. 22, 1942) on Oct. 17,
1895. He was the son of William "Billy" Hanks and Francis
Cordelia Soileau Hanks Stark (b. March 18, 1851; d. June 26, 1948 and is
buried at Elizabeth Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery, near
Branch, Louisiana, next to her second husband, Rufus A. "Ike"
Arthur Allen Hanks was 17-years younger than Mary
Stark. Mary Stark and her husband, Arthur Allen Hanks, owned a meat
market in Lecompte. 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
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
"Delia" Hanks (b. Apr. 04, 1902; d. Aug. 20, 1946). My grandmother told me that
each day, after school, her mother, Mary Stark, would say "little lady, get a
potato and work in the field." My Uncle Howard Willis, told me that his
grandmother Mary Stark, reminded him of Grandma Walton on "The Walton's" TV
Arthur Allen Hanks left Mary Stark Oliver 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.
Mary Stark Oliver Hanks died January 8, 1931, and is buried at the
Paul Cemetery near Lecompte.
1) Photo 1): Mary Stark Oliver Hanks
2) Photo 2): Mary Stark and her second husband, Arthur
Allen Hanks, 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
my name sake, Randall Lee Willis).
3) Letter 1): Letter from Rufus Stark to his sister Mary
Stark (Hanks) dated May 11, 1922.