Alva H. Hanks

Mr. Alva Hanks, a lifelong resident of Willow Springs, Missouri, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, with his loving family at his side. Born on January 31, 1921, in Willow Springs, to Charles and Cora (Green) Hanks, he was 89 years old.

Alva was united in marriage to Martha Christine Murray on January 31, 1942 in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Third Army in the European invasion and Pacific theaters during World War II. He was in the auto repair business for 65 years where he owned and operated Hanks Automotive in Willow Springs for over 53 years until his retirement at the age of 85 years. Alva had many enjoyments in his life which included hunting and fishing, and he especially enjoyed traveling the back woods in his 1947 Willys Jeep.

Alva was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Martha Christine Hanks, and his sister, Norma Stolba, both in December of 2005.

He is survived by his four children, Galen Hanks and wife Carolyn of Cabool, Missouri, Mary Hanks of Springfield, Missouri, Kary Hanks of Willow Springs, and Rick Hanks and wife Barbara of Willow Springs; four grandchildren, Lisa Hanks, Kim Walker, Kevin and Rick Penner; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Fred Hanks and wife Helen and Charles Hanks and wife Ruby, all of Willow Springs, Dorothy Ray and husband Robert of Cabool, and Elda Scantlin of Rockford, Illinois; and numerous special nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Willow Springs First Baptist Church. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.

Remembrances may be made in Alva’s name to Pine Grove Cemetery Association or Hospice Compassus and left at the funeral home.

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