Collier-Butler Funeral Home

824 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden, AL


William Ross Bankston

July 1, 1953February 3, 2020

William Ross Bankston, 66, of Gadsden, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 3, 2020. A private family memorial will be held at Crestwood Cemetery..

Billy was born in Gadsden, and grew up and lived in North Gadsden his entire life. A 1971 graduate of Gaston High School, he then attended Gadsden Community College. After retiring from Republic Steel he later became one of the first employees Honda hired to open the Lincoln, AL facility.

Throughout his life, his many friends and family knew of Billy’s love for the outdoors, where he spent many fun loving days skiing and boating on the river, camping at Little River Canyon, cross county biking and a lifetime of enjoying Alabama’s beauty from his convertible, Jeep and motorcycle.

His family is grateful for having such a loving son, wonderful brother and very proud father of son Brian.

He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Bankston and mother, Ella Ruth Bankston and survived by his son, Brian Bankston of Gadsden; brothers, Stephen (Beverly) Bankston of Hokes Bluff and Jimmy Bankston, of Gadsden; sisters, Elizabeth (Jim) Villman of Lineville, AL and Jean (Alex) Money of Tullahoma, TN; nieces and nephews, Dawn (Shane) Bunt, April (Randall) Barnard, Chad (Nicole) Bankston, Rebekah Bankston, Jeremy (Ellen) Money and Drew (Kate) Money; great-nieces and nephews, Gracyn and Abi Bunt, Spencer and Isaac Barnard, Alyssa and Krimson Bankston, Forrest, Nadia, Max, Vivian and Elliot Money.


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Sherry Davis

February 7, 2020

To Bill's family: My deepest sympathy and condolences to you in your loss of your loved one Bill. He' s now reunited with his Dad, Mom, family and friends passed on before. In Matthew 5:4 in the Beatitudes it says...'Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ' In Psalm 121 it says .... 'Lift up your eyes to the hills -where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.' My prayers and thoughts are with you. Sherry Davis ... Friend of ,Jimmy