James Martin "Jimmy" Bankston
FUNERAL HOME
Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes & Crematory - Ponchatoula
100 W Magnolia St
Ponchatoula, LA

James Martin "Jimmy" Bankston, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away at his home on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the age of 79. He was born on August 9, 1942, in Madisonville, Louisiana, the son of the late George Martin Bankston and Margie McLaughlin Bankston.

Jimmy was a proud life member of the Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department and a volunteer EMT for over 40 years.

He worked as a biologist and retired from Rubicon Chemical in Geismer. Jimmy was an avid hunter and had a vast knowledge of world history. Above all else, he was a dearly loved husband, father and grandfather.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diane Braun Bankston; children, Lauri Brocato, Barry Bankston, Jamie Bankston, Lisa K. Jackson, and Jason R. Kraemer; grandchildren, Brandy, Laurel, Jeremy, Baileigh, Brenleigh, Kraemer, Kirsten, Kerrigan, Kennedy, Ryder, and Lincoln; brothers, Michael and Aubrey Bankston; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his son, James Todd Bankston.

Family and friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 100 W. Magnolia St., Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454 on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jack Palmer officiating. Interment will follow at Ponchatoula Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

An on-line guest book is available at www.harry mckneely.com


Published by The Daily Star on Oct. 14, 2021.
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9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Harry McKneely & Son - Ponchatoula
100 W. Magnolia St., Ponchatoula, LA
Oct
15
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes & Crematory - Ponchatoula
100 W Magnolia St, Ponchatoula, LA
Oct
15
Service
11:00a.m.
Harry McKneely & Son - Ponchatoula
100 W. Magnolia St., Ponchatoula, LA
Oct
15
Memorial service
11:00a.m.
Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes & Crematory - Ponchatoula
100 W Magnolia St, Ponchatoula, LA
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Dear Lady Di, I have just this moment read of Jimmy's passing. I'm so terribly sorry for your great loss. I hold your entire family in my heart, and pray for God's comfort during this time of sadness. I love you all so very much. Always, Catness
Cathy Pepitone
Family Friend
October 19, 2021
Laurie, Barry, Jamie, and Mrs Dianne so sorry to read about Mr Jimmy´s passing. He was a good man and before my dad´s passing they were best of friends. Miss the old times. God´s strength to all. Love y´all
Phil Robillard
Friend
October 18, 2021
Diane and Barry, I am so sorry for your loss.
Margaret Joiner
October 14, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Jimmy's passing. He was always such a Friendly neighbor on Nellwood Dr.& all my life. He always gave me a hug &so sweet.
Asking Our Lord to hold you all close during this time of loss & sorrow. LOVE & Prayers
Stacie Nuccio
Friend
October 14, 2021
I will never forget the big bear hugs he so freely gave especially when he knew you needed! He will be missed!!!!!!
Paige Allen
Friend
October 14, 2021
Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a great pleasure knowing Mr Jimmy working thru Dr Kozels office. He will truly be missed!
TERRY ARRIAGA
Friend
October 13, 2021
Barry and family, I am sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mittie Rohner
Friend
October 13, 2021
Diane, please accept my deepest sympathies for Jimmy's passing. It really upset me when I saw his obit. I can only hope that you and your family will be blessed with the comfort and strength to help you and yours cope with his loss. I will be praying for all of you.
Veronica Fannaly
Friend
October 13, 2021
Dianne sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing prayers to your family
phillp melinie
Acquaintance
October 13, 2021
I am so sad to hear of Jimmy's passing. It has been a number of years since I last saw him (at a class reunion), but he was always a nice guy.
Pat Picou Thomas
Classmate
October 12, 2021
We are sorry to hear about Jimmy! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his fami!y during this sad and difficult tims!
Paul & Elaine Laurent
Friend
October 12, 2021
Oh so sorry for your loss. Good memories. Our prayers are with you.
Gordon Anderson
October 12, 2021
Prayers of comfort for family and friends. Jimmy was a classmate I'll remember fondly.
Joanna W. Parker
Friend
October 12, 2021
Through the years Jimmy has been a sincere friend to many. As popular and smart as he was in school days, he didn't let it affect him but treated everyone with the same kindness - and never changed.
Kathryn Martin
Friend
October 12, 2021
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