Thompson Willis Hanks Jr.

SHERMAN – Thompson “Toby” Willis Hanks Jr., 79, of Sherman, N.Y., and formerly of New York City, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021, at the Absolut Care Nursing Home in Westfield, N.Y.

He was born July 3, 1941, in Beaumont, Texas, the son of the late Thompson W. Hanks Sr. and Letty Fields Hanks.

Toby was a musician with the New York City Ballet and an educator with the Manhattan School of Music. He also played in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra for 40 years and was a freelance musician. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians.

Toby enjoyed playing tennis, as well as blue grass and jazz music in the local Chautauqua area.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Bender Hanks, whom he married January 3, 1973; one son, James Hanks of New York City, N.Y., and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents.

At Toby’s request there will be no services ob-served. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Memorials can be made to the Chautauqua School of Music Instrumental Program (PO Box 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722).

To leave a remembrance or to post condolences to the family, please visit freayfuneralhome.com.