Steve Hanks

July 24, 1952December 3, 2018
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STATESVILLE- Steve E. Hanks, 66, passed away on December 3, 2018 at his residence.

Born on July 24, 1952 in Statesville, he was the son of Harold Hanks and the late Frances Foster Hanks. Steve’s love and passion was for horses, especially road horses. He loved to travel to horse shows, training horses and was well known and sought after in the horse world. Over the years he won many awards and was proudest of three awards in particular which were ARHPA Hall of Fame, UPHA Hermon Miles Horse Show Manger of the Year and ASAC Trainer of the Year. Steve also really enjoyed his trips with Kathy to Beaufort, sitting on the deck watching the wild horses.

Left to cherish his memory is his father, Harold Hanks; daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Greg Waugh; grandchildren, Kate and Luke Waugh; girlfriend, Kathy Carpenter; favorite cousin, Kathryn Gantt and husband Shannon; aunts, Margaret Wilson and Betty Foster; cousin, Leslie Davison and husband Doug; extended family, Luis Angel, Olivia Angel, Augstin Angel, Yahir and Gude and his loyal customers along with other loving family members and the Horse World Family.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1pm in the chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. The family will gather and receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Steve’s name to UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund, UPHA INC/ Karen Richardson, 4059 Iron Works Parkway #2, Lexington, KY 40511.

Memories and condolences may be left for the family at

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hanks Family.


  • UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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Framces Ward

December 7, 2018

What a tremendously nice man!! I knew Steve from being at the horse shows. He was always so gracious and kind and always seemed to treat everyone in the same manner. His presence will be greatly missed by many. I can see him and my dear friends Eddie and Andy already discussing ponies in Heaven. His family and extended family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Amelia (Speaks) London

December 5, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of Steve and the whole Hanks family. As an ambitious young, horse crazy girl I found Steve's stables in the phone book and contacted him for riding lessons. He ended up giving me my first job at 13 and I worked every weekend for him and became his show groom. That experience working for him and being exposed to the horse show world definitely shaped my future and helped make me who I am today. I will forever be grateful that he was in my life.

Cookie Palassis

December 4, 2018

I will always remember Steve as a true gentleman. Always cordial and friendly,professional and humble.
I met Steve in Early 80’s at Joe and Alice Becker’s farm.The Becker’s told him I was making the transition from Arabians, and Steve’s face lit up with excitement.
“Well we’ll love to have you!”
And went on to take a deep interest in my background in horses and the people we knew in common. To me he always had that same light when first seeing him at a horse show he managed or anywhere for that matter. He was always accommodating, but truthful, honest yet by the book, you know...the way we wished everyone would be?
Steve was a problem solver, a moditivator and dedicated man to his craft of training Riad horses. His shows reflected his willingness to see projects through to their best possible outcome.if there was a scheduling or stall problem he’d see to it’s resolution, to Everyone’s satisfaction.
I always thought he was capable in all aspects.
Steve was a quiet man, never loud or boastful, he was caring but strong.
Determined yet wary, careful yet adventurous.
I will miss his smiling face and tall figure at our shows may he Rest In Peace

Jay Webster

December 3, 2018

Have many happy memories growing up in Statesville and hanging out at the barn. ......and going to horse shows that Steve sponsored. ..He will be missed. .......Jay Webster