For every problem there's a challenge and for every challenge there's a solution.
Rex Hankins had the insight to discern the challenge within every problem and the initiative to put that insight into action. He simply never thought he couldn't fix something. Every problem had a solution, and for Rex, every failure was but a rung on the ladder of success.
Rex passed away Monday evening July 1, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was 72.
Born December 10, 1940 in Tazewell County, Virginia to Frank and Lucy (Beavers) Hankins, his family moved to Morrow County when he was six, and Rex never left.
He was graduated from Centerburg High School and worked as an electrician with General Motors for 32 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of UAW Local #549, the NRA and Steam Corners United Methodist Church.
Rex built three homes in his life: he drew the blueprints and planed the wood himself and built each of the homes "from scratch." Plumbing and heating and electrical work were no real challenge for the handyman.
He designed and redesigned woodworking projects – from toy-boxes to towel holders, clocks to spice racks – selling his handmade items at craft shows all across the area.
An avid fisherman, Rex was an accomplished apiarist, tending to as many as 15 hives a year over the past 20 years. The beekeeping began as a 4H project with his granddaughter Rachael, and turned into a wonderful shared project for them. Rex always volunteered to staff the Honey Bee booth at the Morrow County Fair, and was a member of the Morrow County Area Honey Bee Association (former president), Richland County Beekeepers Association, and the Morrow County Farm Bureau.
Every Saturday meant sofa time. Though loyal to The Ohio State Buckeyes, Rex followed all of college football, and knew the teams' stats throughout the season.
He will be remembered for his great love for his children and grandchildren, and for being the constant companion (they were joined at the hip) of his best friend and wife of 27 years Carma (Henderson) Hankins. Also surviving are his children Dale & Judist Hankins of Cocoa, FL, Todd Alan & Christine Hankins of Cardington and Mark & Carol Hankins of Cocoa, FL; grandchildren Kyle Hankins, Julia Hankins, Tyler Hankins, Rylee Hankins, Nichole & Eric Okerlind, Shannon Lefevre and Derick Woodward; great grandchildren Kalea Okerlind and JJ Palm Rhoades; sisters-in-law Zola Hankins of Duncanville, TX, and Carol Ann Hankins of Lexington; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and a large extended family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons Kevin Hankins and Jeff Palm; granddaughters Sunnette M. Hankins, Kristy A. Hankins and Rachael E. Palm; siblings Cecil, Frank, Raymond and Thomas Bill Hankins, Violet Tucker and Margie Ward.
A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it. Rex leaves a legacy of bowing to none – except the Lord.
The Hankins family will receive friends Friday, July 5, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, and continues Saturday morning 10 to 11 a.m. His funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastors Millissa Hartson and Heidi Welch officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Contributions in Rex's memory to the JJ Fund may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hankins family, and private messages of love and sympathy may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Snyder Funeral Home
81 Mill Rd
Bellville, OH 44813
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on July 10, 2013