Lt. Col. James C. Hankinson, USAF Ret.

January 22, 1918 - July 7, 2011
Lt. Col. James C. Hankinson, USAF Ret.

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Lt. Col. James C. Hankinson, USAF Ret., 93, of Hendersonville died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at his home.

Born in Irvington, NJ, he had resided in Henderson County for ten years. He proudly served as a pilot in the US Air Force during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Hankinson of Hendersonville; his son, Fred Hankinson; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. Military Honors will be conducted by the North Carolina National Guard Honor Guard, Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • July 11, 2011
    Diane Eskenasy says:
    Fred, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and all your family.

  • July 12, 2011
    Mona and Ed Eggers says:
    Dear Fred, Jim came into our lives 17 years ago and changed our lives forever. We loved him like the father we never had. Please take comfort in knowing that others loved your father, too.

  • July 12, 2011
    Mona and Ed Eggers says:
    Dear Sandy, Our condolences go out to you at the passing of, Jim. We shared many years together with Jim spending time at our home in MI and us at his homes in NC. We looked forward to meeting at various locations, and of course, walking through every airplane museum that we could find in our areas. We loved listening to his stories about his military career as well as his civilian life. I will especially miss his stories. I treasure the kiss on my cheek that Jim was able to give me two weeks ago, and Ed treasures his short visits that he could have with Jim.

  • July 13, 2011
    Jan Andersen says:
    Fred, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sorry for your loss. Thank God for his service to our country. Jan Andersen