— Graveside services for Harold Lloyd Wilbanks, 72, of Athens, Texas will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at the Carroll Springs Cemetery in Athens with Mike Drinkard and Scott Dishman officiating.
Mr. Wilbanks passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Palestine, Texas.
Harold Lloyd Wilbanks was born May 18, 1941 in Anderson County, Texas, the son of O.C. Wilbanks and Gracie Pearl Ingram Wilbanks.
He joined the Air Force in August 1962 and was honorably discharged in August 1968 after a tour in Vietnam. He was a Life Member of the Athens Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7103 and the Disabled Veterans Chapter in Palestine, Texas. Harold was a member of Bois D’ Arc Baptist Church and enjoyed competitive shooting for disabled veterans, leatherwork and a good game of dominoes, bingo or horseshoes. He was a loving father, brother and grandfather and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; William Jesse Wilbanks, Donnie Wilbanks and Clovis Wilbanks; and stepdaughter, Susan Benton.
He is survived by his son. David Harold Wilbanks and wife Lisa of Rusk, Texas; daughter, Stephanie Strunk of Cobb, Calif.; two sisters, Evalyn Roberts of Bradford, Linda Smith and husband William “Beri” of Palestine; two brothers, Paul Wilbanks of Athens, and Danny Wilbanks and wife Myra of Athens; six grandchildren, Ashley, Jeremy, Christina, Tyler, Coby and Madison.
Visitation was Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.
Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Willingham, Kevin Clary, Chad Glenn, Calvin Smith, Donald Roberts and Keith Wilbanks. Honorary pallbearers will be George Blailock, Jason Tatum, Jeremy Miller, Michael Davis, Chase Glenn and Colby Glenn.
In Lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Operation Christmas Child Fund of either: Dogwood Church, 6467 FM 2494, Athens, Texas 75751 (Phone 903-677-3185) or Bois D’ Arc Baptist Church, 310 A.C.R. 445, Palestine, Texas 75803 (Phone 903-549-2373).
The family would like to give special thanks to Greenbrier Nursing staff and the Hospice of East Texas.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
You may light a candle or write condolences to the family at: www.hannigansmith.com.