Monday, February 13, 2017

Billy Joe Hanks

Billy Joe Hanks

December 28, 1926
Selmore, MO

September 25, 2016
Ozark, MO

1941-42 Ozark High School - Missouri (High School)
1942-43 Ozark High School - Missouri (High School)
1943-44 Ozark High School - Missouri (High School)
1944-45 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1946-47 Ozark (Independent)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)
1947-48 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1948-49 Ozark (Independent)
1948-49 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1949-50 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1949-50 Springfield Collegiates (Independent)

Born to Claude and Muriel Hanks in Ozark, Missouri, Billy Joe attended Ozark HS, graduating in 1944. He married Ruth Ann Landes (d. 2014) in 1945 a month prior to joining the U.S. Army, but was discharged when the war ended months later. He went to school at Drury College, while working for his father-in-law. He later worked at Hanks and Skaggs Motor Company before he and Ruth purchased Western Auto Store, which they owned and operated for 35 years. A civic leader in Ozark, he served in many leadership posts, including being elected to the Ozark City Council. Hanks died in 2016 at 89 years of age.

He and Ruth had one son and one daughter.

Grave and Obituary


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