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James Martin "Jimmy" Bankston

James Martin "Jimmy" Bankston
  • August 9, 1942 - October 10, 2021
  • Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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“I just heard of Jimmy's passing. He was a good friend and Ponchatoula High classmate of mine. I am so sorry to have not seen him more in later years ...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Iris Brann Reed - Pendleton, SC

“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...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Cathy Pepitone - Ponchatoula, LA

“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...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Phil Robillard - Friend

“Diane and Barry, I am so sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Margaret Joiner

“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...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Stacie Nuccio - Ponchatoula, LA

“I will never forget the big bear hugs he so freely gave especially when he knew you needed! He will be missed!!!!!! ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Paige Allen - Friend

“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! ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: TERRY ARRIAGA - PONCHATOULA, LA

“Barry and family, I am sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Mittie Rohner - Amite - Friend

“Dianne sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing prayers to your family ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: phillp melinie - Gonzales, LA

“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...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Veronica Fannaly - Ponchatoula, LA

“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. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Pat Picou Thomas - Cedar Park, TX

“Oh so sorry for your loss. Good memories. Our prayers are with you. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Gordon Anderson - Hammond

“We are sorry to hear about Jimmy! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his fami!y during this sad and difficult tims! ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Paul & Elaine Laurent - LA

“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...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Kathryn Martin - Ponchatoula, LA

“Prayers of comfort for family and friends. Jimmy was a classmate I'll remember fondly. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Joanna W. Parker - Cypress, TX

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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.

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