Judge Ralph J. Hanks. Jr.

September 4, 1929 ~ July 15, 2010

Judge Ralph Joseph Hanks, Jr., 80, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, in a local hospital, with his family at his side.

Born in Crowley, Louisiana, Judge Hanks moved to Lake Charles in 1944. He was a 1946 graduate of Landry High School, and then graduated from McNeese State University, and later obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University. He was a partner in the law firm of Tritico, Tritico, Hood, Hanks and Findley. From 1961 until 1965, he served as City Prosecutor for the City of Lake Charles, and he served as acting City Judge from 1968 until his election to the Ward 3 City Bench in 1978. He was a member of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers' Association and the American Bar Association.

Judge Hanks was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church and also attended Sulphur United Pentecostal Church. He was active in the Young Mens Business Club and the Buccaneer Club.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Abshire Hanks; two sons, Ralph J. "Ricky" Hanks, III and wife Cindy of Lake Charles and Randy Joseph Hanks and wife Kristi of Sulphur; two daughters, Denise L. Hanks (Brock Kobayashi) of Houston and Deidre A. Hanks (Beau Vallee) of Lake Charles; one stepson, Glenn Benoit, also of Lake Charles; and grandchildren Erin-Beth Hanks, Meghan Ruth Hanks, Seth Logan Hall, Bailey Marie Hanks, Jaxon David Hanks, Grifin Cade Hanks, Brittany Dawn Benoit, Brett Joseph Benoit, Brant Alexander Benoit and Brock Griffin Benoit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph J. Hanks, Sr. and Nolie Bernard Hanks.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2010, at Johnson Funeral Home. Msgr. Charles DuBois will officiate. Burial will be at Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 until 7 p.m. and on Monday from 8a.m. until service time.

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  1. I have so many wonderful memories of the time I worked for this law firm…Mr. Hanks was always so encourgaging and supportive of me when I was so young and not knowing what I was doing,.we shared so many laughs together…many of them brought on by him against me…these are memories I will cherish for a lifetime. Such a wonderful, caring and loving man…Love you, Mr. Hanks, Fifi

  2. Patricia and Family, My sincere prayers and condolences from my heart to you all in the lost of your loving husband, father, grandfather and/or other relative. Indeed, he was a wonderful inspiration and one whose life radiated love and warmth for his fellowman. I fondly recall him as one of my first impressions of the legal system. I still can see the energy he displayed as he literally skated through the courthouse corridors. He had a joy and zest for life that was a bit contageous. One always had to run to keep up with him to ask a question or say a word since he almost never kept still once he exited the bench. It seems he had a million things to do all at once. Yet, he never was too busy to listen intently and graciously give a word of advice and/or encouragement. A brillant man of character, joy and substance! Thank God for him and the many lives he touched for better during his lifetime. Patricia, you and Judge reflected true love and togetherness. God bless you!

  3. Ricky, Cindy Family: I have such fond memories of working with your Dad oh so many years ago. I was the receptionist and secretary to Warren Hood, but we all worked together. I helped the firm move from the Gulf National Bank building to the new office site on Lake Shore Dr. and Kirby. Your Dad was such a happy person, loved life and always had a smile on his face. I was unable to pay my last respects to your Dad and his family due to surgery (knee replacement). Just know that I am praying for you and your family in this great loss. Love, Peggy

  4. Ricky, we are so sorry to hear about your father. We will all miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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