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Paul Stephen Bankston

18 novembre 194010 octobre 2021
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Paul Stephen Bankston passed away on October 10, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 18, 1940 and was a resident of Harahan, Louisiana. He is preceded in death by: his parents, Roy V. Bankston, Sr. and Adele Bittern Bankston; and his brother, Victor Bankston (Sue). He is survived by: his son, Louis Paul Bankston; his former spouse, Elaine Faul Bankston; and his brothers, Julian Bankston (Caroline) and Roy Bankston (Tina). Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam. He was a professional helicopter pilot employed by Petroleum Helicopter, Inc. for 28 years. Upon retiring, he went to work in the family business, Louie’s River Ridge Ace Hardware. He especially enjoyed riding and restoring motorcycles, especially his 3-T.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, La. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service in Metairie Cemetery.

The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com

Services

  • Visitation

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  • Graveside Service

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Paul Stephen Bankston

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LTC.(Ret) Jack C. Payne

18 octobre , 2021

What can you say about a friend that you have known for more than half of your life when he is no longer with you. I was hoping that I would never have to go there for my friend Paul! It goes without saying that Paul was a man’s man wonderful husband father helicopter pilot in good friend to many. The ones that knew Paul and called him dear friend were truly the lucky ones! He will not be forgotten by any of us.
I met Paul in 1969. We were both employees of Petroleum Helicopters working together in Venice, Louisiana. Both of us were Vietnam veterans Paul had been a helicopter crew chief and I had been a pilot. So that gave us something in common at the start of our 52 year friendship. Paul was a mechanic when we met.In a short time I realize that if I had anything wrong with my aircraft Paul was the man that I wanted to repair it. Paul was extremely knowledgeable and serious about his work he gave great attention to repairing and correcting things to the smallest detail. In aviation those type qualities are most important in safety of flight for passengers and crew.If Paul worked on your aircraft you did not have to worry about it. In a few years because of his work ethics and is interested in flying he was given the opportunity to get his helicopter pilots license. After that he and I often flew together out of the various basis along the Louisiana gulf coast.
As the years passed and our friendship grew there was one thing that never changed.If Paul told you something you could pretty much bet your life that he was correct. He was my go to guy for most any questions or problems I had and most of the time he was right!
I will miss my friend very much and I’m sorry that he had to leave us too soon.!All our lives have been made better for having known such a wonderful man!
Someday I will rendezvous with Paul at the great gathering on the other side.I wish him blue skies ,Fair winds and a safe landing.
Your old friend “Smilin-Jack”

John & Jeanne Risey

18 octobre , 2021

Our family will certainly miss Mr Paul’s knowledge and helpfulness at Louie’s River Ridge Hardware…always our 1st choice in local landmarks. He and Ms Elaine and staff always have been dedicated to helping our community (…and having enough fuel for the crawfish season!) God bless the entire family.

Judy Moser

18 octobre , 2021

My condolences to the Bankston family and their friends. I met Paul when I moved to River Ridge 4 years ago. He was a wonderful man who helped me find everything I needed from the hardware store. No matter what he was doing, he would always take the time to help me. I enjoyed teasing him and he would tease me right back. I'm really going to miss seeing and talking to Paul. Rest in peace my friend.

jon cimo

18 octobre , 2021

Mr. Paul was always there to help me and everyone else complete there projects. He was always at 7:30 am mass at St. Rita on Sundays. .He will be missed by all.My condolences go out to him and his family. Rest in Peace Mr. Paul.

Melanie Lemoine

17 octobre , 2021

First I wish to express my deepest condolences to Elaine and Louie and to all his relatives and friends. I will miss seeing Paul at the hardware store he always greeted me with a smile and was very helpful. I was saddened to learn of Paul’s passing. My God give him enteral rest. 🙏🏻

Anne Marie & AJ Boudreaux

17 octobre , 2021

Dear Elaine and Louie: our sincere condolences. We will miss Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Anne Marie & AJ

Earl Higgins

17 octobre , 2021

Paul and I go way back. We were boy scouts in Troop 13 in Old Jefferson. Paul's father Roy was the assistant scoutmaster. I remember camping trips to Old Camp Salmen in Slidell. Forty years ago I moved to River Ridge and renewed our friendship at the hardware store. Rest in peace, Paul.

Michael Falgout

17 octobre , 2021

I have known Paul for many years through the hardware store. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I always enjoyed talking with him. He will truly be missed. My sincere condolences to Elaine and the rest of his family and workers at the store. He is in my prayers. 🙏

Sharon Lambert

17 octobre , 2021

On behalf of our family, I send our love. We will miss Paul’s presence at the hardware. Please accept our condolences. The Lambert Family

Patricia Powell

16 octobre , 2021

It was only natural that Paul, as one of Uncle Roy's boys, would grow into a fine man --- a faithful friend, loyal kinsman, respected businessman, loving father... During childhood, Paul and I shared with our siblings and cousins the joy of summers spent at our Bankston Family Farm (aka Grandpa's} as we engaged in the organized activity of annual Cousins Camp, or in carefree-kid pursuits, whatever the season. In contacts of more recent vintage, either at corporate meetings (Bankston Enterprises) or when Paul attended trade shows in Houston, the two of us visited over lunch or reminisced over dinner, sometimes exchanging shop talk, but mostly celebrating the rare pleasure and boundless blessings of being family --- beloved Bankston Family. I am grateful for you, Paul, and will miss you, dear cousin.

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