Thank y'all for the post and comments for my dad!
Edward - Please don't hesitate to call and hit the water anytime you come down; you know how I felt about your old man.
Words really can't touch the way a lot of us felt about John. Talk about a TRUE ambassador of the sport, John was a crappie fisherman that really left an impact on those around him. As Johnny mentioned in his initial post, Mr. Hanks always helped others catch more fish and was seldom seen without a smile. A sure enough fixture of our local crappie crowd, anyone that was fortunate enough to share time on the water with John was quick to become buddies with him. Non-judgmental, caring, wise, kind, and Christ-like are the first words that come to mind when I think of Mr. Hanks. Talk about a GRAVE LOSS, we truly lost a good one with John's passing.
Gotta love a man that doesn't mind eating a ditch pickle or two:
15"er that Mr. Hanks caught a few weeks ago:
Cheers to you, my dear friend. You were unconditionally loved by many and will be gravely missed by us all. Rest well in Heaven ...