Former educator, civic leader Lethia Hankins dies at age 80


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former educator and public activist Lethia Hankins, who was once chairwoman of the Wilmington Housing Authority and a member of Wilmington City Council for several years, has died.

Hankins, who was 80, died Monday, according to her obituary. Hankins was chairwoman of the Wilmington Housing Authority until 2008, when she resigned. Before that, the former educator served on several other committees and boards, including Wilmington City Council for four years.

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Also a member of Cape Fear Community College’s Board of Trustees, Hankins played many other active roles in the community. She was an English teacher at the all-black Williston High School when she found out it was closing, which meant she would go on to teach at Hoggard High School.

Family and friends will honor Hankins’ life Friday at 1 p.m. at Wilmington’s First Baptist Church, according to her obituary. Following funeral services, the burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

Photo courtesy: The Wilmington Journal