Lawrence C. Hankins Jr. died on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. He was 72.
He was born on June 1, 1947, to Rosalie Hankins and the late Lawrence Hankins Sr.
As he grew up in the Pulaski Town area of Germantown, he attended Philadelphia public schools, and graduated from Thomas Edison High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.
In 1967, Hankins was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. During his time of service, he received the following military honors: Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharpshooter (Rifle) Badge and Army Commendation Medal. In 1972, he received his honorable discharge.
After he returned home to the U.S. and graduated from Benedict College, he started working with Youth Development Center (YDC). He stayed there for 24 years before retiring. Even after retirement, Hankins still had a passion with working with the youth. He continued to serve his community by working at the Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club. He shared his passion for sports and was affectionately called “Mr. Hank” by the youth.
His last few years were spent at the VA Community Living Center, where his was not only a resident but took charge of his entire 2B floor. Although Hankins did not attend a specific church, he enjoyed the service provided at the VA Community Living Center. Hankins’ kindness, compassion and love for other people were truly gifts from God.
Friends and family remember Hankins’ wise-cracking antics and trips to Five Below, where he filled up his cart with candy that he refused to share with anyone.
Hankins enjoyed hobbies such as going out to eat with his children, going out to the movies and watching his favorite sports teams.
He was preceded in death by his oldest sister, Olivia D. Brown.
He is survived by: his mother, Rosalie Hankins; three children, Tashima Hankins-Goode, Ashley and Cory Blake; three sisters, Saundra E. Gray, Lauren Davis (Curtis) and Lynn Hunt; his aunt Alyce Johns; goddaughter Kelli M. Webb; lifelong companion, Linda Blake; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family (including cousin Tyrone Johns & best friends Ronald Barksdale & Warren Gillis).
The viewing was held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 and the funeral service started at 11 a.m. at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St.