History & Staff
At Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Hankins & Whittington
The history of Hankins & Whittington – Dilworth Chapel dates back to 1946 when Irvin W. Hankins and James B. Whittington were discharged from the military. Having served together during World War II, they returned to Charlotte and immediately resumed their positions with Crouch Funeral Home, which they then purchased in August of 1946. In 1949, they moved to a larger location at 1714 South Boulevard and changed the name to Hankins & Whittington Funeral Directors.
In March 1963, they moved to the present location at 1111 East Boulevard after purchasing the property from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. The former church was renovated and adapted for use as a funeral home. Hankins & Whittington has since grown into one of the leading funeral service providers in North Carolina, thanks to the unselfish dedication of Irvin Hankins and Jim Whittington. Through the years, the men also served the community in various civic and church activities, including city government and Little League Baseball. The desire of Mr. Hankins and Mr. Whittington to serve the people of the greater Charlotte area in a professional and personal manner has always remained the focus of our staff.
Over time, the facilities have continually been updated to create an atmosphere that is both warm and inviting. The chapel, built in the early 1930’s, retains the charm of stained glass, a vaulted ceiling, and brick walls. Upon entering the lobby, guests are greeted with a beautifully appointed room accented by a fireplace. Visitation rooms are also tastefully decorated and colorful. However, more important than the beauty of our building is the manner in which our staff serves the families who pass through our doors. Attention to detail and encouragement of meaningful and creative services has become our hallmark.
After more than 70 years of service, we appreciate the reputation we have established with the people of Charlotte – "Celebrating Memories Since 1946”
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Hankins & Whittington, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
A native of East Tennessee, David learned early in life the value of family, faith and community. From a strong desire to be of service to others, he made the decision to begin his education and career in funeral service. In 2010, David attended John A. Gupton College in Nashville, Tennessee where he received an Associate of Arts Degree in Funeral Service. During this time, he also attended Bethel University earning also a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. He is a dual licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Tennessee and North Carolina. In 2014, David relocated to Charlotte from Knoxville, Tennessee. He now resides in Belmont, North Carolina. In January of 2017, David joined the team of professionals at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Home as the Location Leader.
David brings high levels of energy, passion, and a commitment to carry the long-standing traditions that Hankins and Whittington is known for. David has the knowledge and desire to meet the needs of those in the community that speaks to their personal grief journey.
Charlotte’s only Jewish funeral director. He has been a funeral service licensee for over 25 years and on the staff of Hankins & Whittington since 2004. He is a member of Temple Beth El and Phalanx Lodge #0031 AF & AM. Joel is a regular volunteer at the Dilworth Soup Kitchen. Joel has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1984.