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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On June 9, 2020 @ 11:04 am In Obituary | 5 Comments

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William A. Hankerson passed away peacefully on June 3, 2020, after being in failing health for a few years. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1943, and moved to Phoenix with his family in 1946, where he lived the rest of his life.

He received two Bachelors degrees from Arizona State University, one in Engineering and one in Accounting. After practicing Accounting for a few years, he formed Hankerson Financial, Inc., where he served as President. The company specializes in oil and gas, as well as residential and multi-family residential.

He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Rita (Ortiz) Hankerson, as well as four children; Greg Hankerson, Julie Moreno, Audrey Mead, and Laura Zielinski, as well as 10 grandchildren; Justine Dachel, Sophia, Callen, Matthew, Isabella, and Andrew Moreno, Kole, Caleb, and Kayden Zielinski, and Penelope Mead. A great granddaughter is on the way. Also surviving him are his three brothers: Dennis, John and Paul Hankerson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred D. Hankerson and Esther (Sidel) Hankerson.

He will be remembered for his colorful stories, most of which were true about his life, and the rest for his great imagination and affectionate teasing. At every encounter, he had a great story to tell. He loved animals, and rescued many, including a horse from a rollover accident. His hobbies were fly fishing, hiking the Grand Canyon, Indian basket weaving, card tricks, and a continued education in many interests. He was always very generous in helping family and friends in any kind of need.

The family wishes to thank Twilight Haven Assisted Care in Mesa, and Eternity Hospice, for their tender care.

A Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 4:00 -6:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 4:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Condolences and Hugs From Home may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Condolences for the family of “HANKERSON, WILLIAM A.”

Condolence from Christine on June 9th, 2020 1:49 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Sending our love.
Brian, Christine, Aislyn, and Buddy Tonihka

Condolence from Raquel Moreno Silvas on June 13th, 2020 10:58 am

It was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know Bill. He will be missed dearly. May time help you heal and bring peace. Please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Love and Hugs to you and your family.

George & Raquel Silvas

Condolence from JEAN ANN M SCHANER on June 16th, 2020 3:47 pm

It was our pleasure to be part of Mr Bill’s care. We missed him dearly!!! His great sense of humor and personality lights up our home. Thoughts and prayers from Twilight Haven….

Condolence from JEAN ANN M SCHANER on June 16th, 2020 3:54 pm

It’s our pleasure to be part of your family and Mr. Bills care. We missed him dearly! His humor always made us laugh! He surprises us everyday until his last day…. Thoughts and prayers for Mr Bill and family ….

Condolence from Shawna Anderson on June 16th, 2020 4:32 pm

There’s often little or no formal caregiver training on what to do after someone whom you took care of passes. the last year and half i spent with your dad was one of great honor. He was such a humorous and selfless soul. It was a joy being around him.

You were blessed to have a father so special and caring. His memory will live forever in our hearts. Your father left a permanent imprint on the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of being around him at Twilight Haven. He will be greatly missed. The lessons taught by a father as loving and wise as yours will last a lifetime. May you always feel his presence in your heart.

Shawna & Members of the Caregiving team of Twilight Haven

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