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Bryant "Mason" Wilbanks, 19, of Madison, died October 30, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born July 8, 1992, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Ken and Lynn (Gallagher) Wilbanks. He attended Madison County Public Schools and graduated in 2011 from Madison Central High School. Mason was currently a freshman at the University of Mississippi, where he was a pledge of Kappa Alpha Order.

"If My family were a color, it wouldn't be just one," Mason wrote in a May 3, 2011, paper for Mrs. Alfords Accelerated English IV class at Madison Central. "It would be both red and blue, because my whole family bleeds Ole Miss. We have been Ole Miss fans our whole lives." Mason was having a blast at Ole Miss campus, and in an April 27 paper for Mrs. Alford's class wrote: "In a few months, I will be in college at Ole Miss and there will be plenty of times when there is something that I don't want to do, but I will hear their voice in the back of my head telling me to keep going and never give up. My parents have just been great people who have been the most influential people in my life. I know now that I will always take their advice and pursue my dreams that I have for myself and to never give up. This, I believe, would be the best life lesson that my parents have taught me in my lifetime."

"These next four or five years of my life are going to be the best years I will ever have. It is going to be sad to leave all my friends that I have made in high school, but I know that I will make a ton of new friends in the years to come."

Mason recalled his "fondest memory in high school would be all the pep rallies," according to the April 27 paper for Mrs. Alfords's class. "I looked forward to getting prepared to go crazy the next day. The atmosphere that was in the air the day of the pep rallies were always the greatest. I remember getting to wear the craziest things you could find around the house that were tour school colors, and then waking up early to meet with your class in a specific area to parade in… The Madison Central pep rallies would always leave me hoarse after it was over. The seniors would always prevail over the other classes though."

Mason was a lifelong member of Broadmoor Baptist Church. He was an active participant in the Youth Group, and represented the church and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on basketball court and softball diamond.

"A childhood experience that was very happy for me as well as my whole family would be the time that I got baptized. I remember it like it was yesterday," Mason wrote in the April 27 paper. "We were at our old house in Ridgeland when I told my parents that I wanted to do this. They were so happy for me, and within the next couple of days, the preacher was at my house. He was asking me questions and I was giving him answers to them. I was so happy that I was about to become a changed person with a new life. After we got through with the questions, we set up a date for me to get baptized. It was a couple of weeks later that I got baptized. I went into the changing room, changed, and walked out into the baptistry. The preacher asked family and friends to stand up, then he looked at me and said, "Mason, because of your faith in Jesus Christ and your public commitment to follow him, I baptize you my brother in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." It was a great day for me as well as my family."

Mason is survived by his parents, Ken and Lynn Wilbanks of Madison; brothers, Charles Jamison Wilbanks and Peyton Michael Wilbanks; maternal grandmother, Peggy Gallagher and paternal grandparents Kenneth and Sarah Wilbanks and great grandparents, Allie Bevell and Waymon and Vifie Wilbanks.


Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 1, 2011
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