James Donald Hankins passed away on August 11, 2022, after a lengthy illness. Jim was born in Greene County in 1931 to Robert Likens and Leona (McKay) Hankins. He graduated from Greeneville High in 1949 and began studies at East Tennessee State. In 1952, he interrupted his studies to join the Army, serving in the Army of Occupation in Germany during 1952-1954 with the Military Police as part of the Korean War. He returned to State, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in biology. Jim taught briefly at Camp Creek school, before beginning his career with the National Park Service (NPS). He retired from the NPS in 1983, and returned to his hometown of Greeneville in 2003.\n\nJim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Wendy Wilson Hankins, daughter Donna Hankins Wilkinson, of Glen Burnie MD, daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Tony Merritt of Westfield NC, and son Russell Hankins of Clearwater FL. He is also survived by six grandsons, Michael Mullins, Dylan, Brady and Jeb Hedgecock, and Daniel and David Linnenkamp. He had one great-grandson, Jaden Mullins and one great-granddaughter, Ava Mullins.\n\nAt his request there will be no visitation or services, and his remains will be buried in North Carolina with his ex-wife, the mother of his two daughters.\n\n Wendy extends her sincerest appreciation for the entire Amedysis staff and volunteers, with special gratitude to Amanda, Kourtney, Leslie, Tammy and Sheena, without whom this difficult journey would have been impossible.