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Evan Victor Hankins


Evan Victor Hankins, 61, of Pensacola, FL passed away suddenly on Monday, December 16, 2013.

Evan was born in Holly Springs, MS on March 11, 1952 to James B. and Lorraine Evans Hankins. When he was 5 his dad bought him a plastic guitar at the "Golden Rule" five and dime. He was immediately hooked. In the late 60's he really enjoyed playing the bass in Jazz bands, rock bands, and his favorite soul bands. The most memorable for Evan was "Blue Eyed Soul", a full ten piece band, horns and all. In the early 70's he played in Montage, a great club band in Memphis. For Evan, as all musicians know, the dreams of a music career never die and the music within always finds a way! Evan loved to share his talent of music and had even created his own solo albums. He was most passionate about music with a country flair. Gigi his wife would even say, he could make an "Italian Opera" sound country!

His sense of humor was second to none and could put a smile on even a stranger's face. He cared for all the women in his life with the utmost strength, love and above all patience. Every quality about Evan is the stuff legends are made of. He could fix any issue with computers, home and the heart. His advice always panned out because he truly cared about the outcome of the people he loved. He has set the highest bar for the men in his daughter's lives!

Evan was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. His "real job", as Evan put it, was as a Systems Analyst. He was also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. He truly was "One of a Kind" and an amazing husband, father, brother and kickass musician!

Evan is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ann Russell and Dolly Shaw; and his brother, Jim Hankins, Jr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Gigi Goines Hankins; four daughters, Michelle Whaley (Brett), Tiffany, Ashley Gregory (Jim) and Holly; as well as his sisters, Pat Shields, Sue Gillam and Cindy Kamhieh.

Visitation will be held 3:00pm until the Funeral Service to begin at 4:00pm Friday, December 20, 2013 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fender Music Foundation, P. O. Box 67; Agoura, CA 91376.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Dec. 19, 2013
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