James Martin "Jimmy" Bankston

  • Born: August 9, 1942
  • Died: October 10, 2021
  • Location: Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404

Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

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 am until 11:00 am.

A Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 am, with Rev. Jack Palmer officiating.

Interment will follow at Ponchatoula Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

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


Condolence & Memory Journal

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

Posted by Cathy Pepitone - Ponchatoula, LA - 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

Posted by Phil Robillard - Friend   October 18, 2021

Diane and Barry, I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by 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

Posted by Stacie Nuccio - Ponchatoula, LA - 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!!!!!!

Posted by 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!

Posted by TERRY ARRIAGA - PONCHATOULA, LA - Friend   October 13, 2021

Barry and family, I am sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Mittie Rohner - Amite - Friend   October 13, 2021

Dianne sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing prayers to your family

Posted by phillp melinie - Gonzales, LA - Acquaintance   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.

Posted by Veronica Fannaly - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   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.

Posted by Pat Picou Thomas - Cedar Park, TX - Classmate   October 12, 2021

Oh so sorry for your loss. Good memories. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Gordon Anderson - Hammond   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!

Posted by Paul & Elaine Laurent - Ponchatoula, LA - 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.

Posted by Kathryn Martin - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   October 12, 2021

Prayers of comfort for family and friends. Jimmy was a classmate I'll remember fondly.

Posted by Joanna W. Parker - Cypress, TX - Friend   October 12, 2021