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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Clayton E. Hanks, 90, of Edson Street , Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Clayton E. Hanks, 90, of Edson Street died Wednesday (May 19, 2010).

Born May 17, 1920, in Portville, he was a son of Deryl and Jennie Watson Hanks. On Nov. 16, 1946, in St. Mary's Church in Sartwell, he married Catherine M. Murphy, who died June 19, 1982.

Mr. Hanks was a 1937 graduate of Angelica (NY) High School. In 1939, he graduated from Westbrook Commercial Academy.

He had resided in Eldred since 1952. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the US Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy.

He was employed for 40 years at the Artline Furniture Co. in Eldred, which later became Viko Furniture and then Ethan Allen Furniture, retiring in 1985 as factory supervisor. Following retirement, he spent time as a volunteer upholstery consultant for the International Executive Service Corps in El Salvador, Ecuador and Guatemala in 1987, 1989, and 1991, respectively.

He was a member of the St. Raphael Church in Eldred. He was a life member, charter member and past grand knight of the Eldred Council of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Bradford Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, fourth degree. He was also a 40-year member of the St. Raphael Parish Council. He was a member of the Eldred American Legion Post 887 and volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society. He was a six-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross.

He enjoyed shooting skeet and was an avid reader and Civil War enthusiast.

Surviving are his four daughters, Jane (Joseph) Basta of Ogdensburg, NY, Mary Margaret (Paul) Sullivan of Eldred, Teresa (Wayne) Wenner of Bradford and Nancy (Patrick) Ryan of Allegany, NY; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Terwilliger of Hornell, NY; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Betty Bell of Eldred.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Thomas "Tut" Hanks on July 12, 2000; a grandson, Kevin Paul Sullivan on Jan. 4, 1991; a sister, Clara Steinberg and three brothers, Lawrance, Carl and Leon Hanks.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday (May 21, 2010) at St. Mary's Church in Sartwell with the Rev. Christopher Hamlett as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Marys Cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m.. today at the funeral home.

The family requests memorials be made to the Kevin Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 109, Eldred, PA 16731, or the Portville (NY) Free Library.

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