OBITUARY

Samuel Hankey

December 6, 1935May 5, 2018
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Samuel Leslie Hankey was born on December 6, 1935 and went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2018. He was born to James Samuel and Eslie Lillian Hankey in Nida, OK.

Sam is survived by his children, Stanley Roger Hankey and wife Margie, Gina Elizabeth (Hankey) Sewell, and Joy Dawn (Hankey) Gorrell; siblings, Lindy and spouse, Ferrell and spouse, and Gwen Rinaldi; grandchildren, Leila Dawn McCullough and husband Patrick, Roger Mitchell Hankey, Joshua Heath Mize; and great-grandchildren, Kenneth Averill McCullough and Samuel Glendon McCullough.

Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Monday, May 7, 2018 with the family receiving friends from 6pm-8pm at Baggerley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Baggerley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Josh Mize
  • Danny Hankey
  • Roger Hankey
  • Corkey Johnson
  • Basil Wilcoxson

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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Biography

Samuel Leslie Hankey was born on December 6, 1935 at home in a rural community north of Durant. Named after his father and maternal uncle, he was the youngest of six children. He had four older brothers, Lowell, Carroll, Lindy, Ferrell, and one older sister, Gwen.

The characteristics he displayed throughout his life must have been instilled in him through his childhood and youth at home. Qualities that defined Sam were honesty, fairness, loyalty, kindness, and a strong work ethic. His children and grandchildren loved to hear stories from he and Virginia about their childhoods raised and working on their family farms.

Sam was a bright child and started to school a year early. He would eventually finish his education with a Ph.d in Mathematics from OSU. He began teaching at Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma) in 1959 and retired in 2000, at which time he was the most senior professor at UCO. He had never taken a sick day. His second family was the UCO mathematics department. Most of his life-long friends were other professors in the department.

Often his children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews would come to him for help with math. He was always pleased that he could help them. He was more pleased that they felt comfortable asking for assistance.

When his children reached an age that he and Virginia wanted to teach them a strong work ethic and let them earn money, versus receiving a free allowance, he took over a very small job from one of his friends who was a home builder. This was probably around 1970. This job was making cornice vents that are used in the eaves of houses to ventilate attics. Sam figured if they sold 500 vents a month, or 6,000 a year, that would give the oldest child, Stanley, some spending money. Same continued this “part-time” job on the side of his professorship at UCO. At its pinnacle, the business was selling up to $40,000 a month! Sam was always very proud of this business, almost considering it a hobby, and worked in it until 2014.

In addition to work at the vent business and at UCO, he loved vacationing in the outdoors, visiting the mountains of Colorado, Canada, Alaska, and Washington.

Happily, he was very close to his children and grandchildren. Three of his grandchildren were able to be with him the day he died.