Ella Wilbanks

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Ella Wilbanks

WHITMIRE — Ella Williamson Wilbanks, age 85, of 88 James St. went home to be with the Lord on December 13, 2013 at her residence.

She was born in Hartford, Tennessee and was the wife of Haskel Wilbanks of 66 years, who passed away August 16, 2013. She was the daughter of Ruben Williamson and Emaline Ellison Williamson. She was retired from Whitten Center and was a member of the First Church of God.

Surviving are her three children and their spouses: Barbara Eubanks (Marion) of Glenn Springs, Judy Crain (Lewis) of Gray Court, and James (Cathy) Wilbanks of Whitmire; grandchildren: Lori Jolly (Ben) of Atlanta, Charley Eubanks (Lisa) of Gaffney, Lisa Pate (Russell) of Ravanel, Curtis Castro of Anderson, Shayne Castro (Tonya) of Anderson, Brandi Wilbanks (Michael) of Whitmire, Josh Wilbanks (Becky) of Whitmire, Rachel Pennington and Lewis Ford of Fountain Inn; ten great-grandchildren, Haile, Skylar, Richard, Robbie, Caden, Andrew, Shana, Savanna, Elizabeth, Haylee, and awaiting the arrival of Ayden; one great-great grandchild, Alana.

Mrs. Wilbanks was preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters, Earl, Ragan, Bill, Frank, Wilford, and Thad; sisters, Dora, Annis, Zelma, Melvie, and Ruth.

Special thanks to family friends Michael Thomas, Kim Willis, Michelle Baker, Cathy Bremher, Linda Williams, and Shirley Moss.

The family received friends Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. before the service at 3 p.m. at Gray Funeral Home in Whitmire. Interment will follow at Whitmire Cemetery. The family will be at the residence.

Memorials may be made to the Whitmire Rescue Squad C/O Susan Ellison 172 Old Airport Road, Whitmire, SC 29178 or Masters Baptist Church Building Fund 169 Subertown Road Whitmire, SC 29178.

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Published in The Newberry Observer from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2013