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Arvall "Banks" Bankston 1937 - 2012 WEST LEBANON, NY Arvall "Banks" Bankston of West Lebanon went home to be with the Lord on March 24, 2012, surrounded by family and friends at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA after battling five years of health issues. Born in Haiti, Mo., on Nov. 26, 1937, to the late Edmond Bankston and Eddie Lou Cozart, Banks leaves behind his loving wife, Cathy Hursa Bankston, whom he married in 2000 after many years of friendship. After leaving Missouri, he relocated in Chicago in 1957 and then moved with his family to West Lebanon. He worked for 38 years at Berkshire Farm Center for Youth in Canaan, NY. He retired in 2002, where his compassion for troubled children extended beyond the facility. He was called a "Good Samaritan," a Leader, an Advocate for many. He participated with an alcohol and drug abuse program in Pittsfield, MA; transported and supported and opened his heart to help people everywhere he went. He was predeceased by his son, Arvall Bankston Jr. who died on August 30, 2011. Besides his wife, Cathy, he is survived by his loving daughter, Laurie Bankston-Stroud and her husband Ray Stroud of Troy, NY; grandchildren Shamyra Bankston Watters of New Jersey, Sarita Bankston of Vermont, Justin Bankston of Connecticut, Ashiya Stroud of Troy, NY, Ashley Bankston of West Lebanon, NY and Paige Stroud of Troy, NY. He is also survived by the mother of his grandchildren, Ashley and Justin, Bonnie Lee; brothers-in-law Peter Hursa, his wife MaryBeth of Malden Bridge and Michael Hursa, his wife Linda of Stephentown, NY, along with six great-grandchildren. The most recent apple of his eye was his great-grandson, Alijah Arvall Frazier who resided part-time with his "Poppie" in West Lebanon, NY; also survived by his sister, Edna Jones and her husband Joseph of St. Louis, Missouri. He is also survived by several nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Edmond Bankston, Jr. of Chicago, IL. He was also predeceased by his loving canine pal, Asia, who left his side a few weeks ago. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 2 PM in the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 895 W. Housatonic Street, Pittsfield. Burial will follow in the Flat Brook Baptist Cemetery Route 22, Canaan, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to the HALL & HIGGINS FUNERAL HOME, 457 NY 43, Stephentown, NY, on Friday from 4 to 7 PM for visitation. To remember Banks in a special way, contributions in his memory may be made to the "Friends of Renal Dialysis" in care of the funeral home, PO Box 9, Stephentown, NY 12168.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 27, 2012
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