Albert E. Hankins married Bernice Gamble on 1 July 1951 in Spokane, Washington.
I knew my grandmother's brother, Elvie (full name Albert Elvie Hankins), was an insurance salesman in Spokane, Washington. It seemed likely he was the Albert E. Hankins in this marriage certificate from Washington State Digital Archives. This couple was buried in Pines Cemetery in Spokane (according to Interment.net) and Albert's birth date was the right month but a year off Uncle Elvie's 1900 census record birth date. Probably him but I couldn't be sure. Until now.
This marriage license application is another one of those interesting records I found a few weeks ago while browsing database titles at a few sites. It's from the Washington, County Records, 1856–2009 database at FamilySearch.
And there's my answer. This Albert was an insurance salesman and he was born in Dalton, Kentucky. Dalton is the Hopkins County community where Uncle Elvie, my grandmother and most of their siblings were born.