Carl "Sonny" Hankins Jr.

November 26, 1950June 5, 2019

Carl "Sonny" Hankins, Jr., age 68 of Stockbridge, GA, beloved husband for over 20 years to the late Patricia A. Hankins, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Loving father of Crystal Rhodes (Rusty) and Angel Goodine (David). He is also survived by grandchildren: Danielle Goodine, Evan Rhodes, and Zachary Goodine, sister, Pamela Burgess, niece, Amanda Burgess, nephew, Corey Burgess, the mother of his children, Susan Harris, and a host of loving family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather at Glen Haven Baptist Church, 345 East Lake Road, McDonough, GA on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., where a memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 11 a.m. Entombment will be private in Fairview Memorial Gardens.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 22, 2019


Carl "Sonny" Hankins Jr.

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Jo Anna Freeman

June 27, 2019

So sad to read about the passing of Sonny in the Henry Times! He worked in the BellSouth warehouse during the time I worked in the offices there. He was greatly admired. I was very happy that he and Pat married since she was also one of my warehouse friends. I KNOW he will be missed greatly by his children and grandchildren! My prayers that you all can get through this difficult time! Jo Anna Freeman

Jim and Susan Grant

June 13, 2019

Sonny, Pam, and I are cousins. Our fathers were brothers and our journey of memories began when they moved their young families to Forest Park, Ga for a better life. During our younger years, holidays were spent gathering at the Hankins home place in Summerville, GA. As we became teenagers we saw more of each other attending Forest Park Senior High. Sonny and I marched the F.P.S.H. football fields together, he the best drummer ever, and I in the Drill Team.
It was apparent early on that Sonny shared his Dad’s love of music which lead to something; THE PHOENIX BAND WAS BORN.
When my parents would go for a visit, I hoped the band would be practicing. I loved to hear them play all the latest songs from the radio. And of course we all loved going to the Forest Park Recreation Center DANCES when PHOENIX played. Even after marriage and children, Phoenix was still going strong, and if you were lucky you could catch them performing locally.
Sonny’s other love, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, brought he and Pat, and many others together on rides and trips from the Georgia mountains to Daytona Bike Week which made memories we all cherish forever.
We witnessed the love between Sonny and Pat as they cared for each other during sickness and health. But that love extended by leaps and bounds to his girls’ family and grandchildren.
Angel and Crystal, you made your Dad so proud! He always talked about his appreciation and love of your families. His goal was to “get well” so he could be with your families and “go see the grandchildren do their thing”.
May all your sweet memories bring you comfort and know Sonny is at peace with all his love ones.

Becky Gardner

June 9, 2019

Love this picture of Sonny. He always had a big smile!

Joann Allen

June 8, 2019

Such a nice family we treated there dog bear long time morrow animal hospital i k ew him thru friend Charlie and their band so sorry for families loss rip

Lloyd Martin

June 8, 2019

First met Sonny in the 90’s listening to the great sounds of Phoenix. What a great band. Will never forget Sonny playing the drums and singing , Knocking On Heavens Door!
Sonny, now that you have gone thru Heavens door I know you are at peace now .
Keep singing and riding that HOG from cloud to cloud.
Love You Bro.
Lloyd & Brenda Martin

Debbie (Jones) Spillner

June 8, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Sonny’s passing. I remember going to visit Pam and Sonny when I was just a little girl with my Mom, (Barbara Cash Jones). He would be practicing those drums down in the basement, we enjoyed hearing him and his band play. Also, remember seeing him play with the Forest Park High School Band at football game halftimes. They were so good. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I have very fond memories of Sonny growing up and I know he will be truly missed.

Marian Bradberry

June 8, 2019

He was a lover of his family and friends, his Lord and church, his band and music, and his FPSH Panthers one and all! He will be missed but memories will abound :)

Marian Heaffner Bradberry- FPSH C/0 '66

Debbie and Randy Martin

June 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Drummer Boy.

Nelson Neal

June 8, 2019

R.I.P. old friend.

Shelley Barnes

June 7, 2019

Thank you Sonny for taking our family and making us part of your family. We will never forget all of the good times we had with Phoenix and all of the friendships we made while Geoff was with the band. I know that you are whole again and pain free. We know that you are so happy to be with Pat again. I bet you and Charlie have already been playing music together. You are loved and missed by many.