OBITUARY

James Ray Bankston Sr.

January 10, 1929January 27, 2014

James Ray Bankston Sr. Hermitage age:85 passed Jan 27, 2014 Mr. Bankston is preceded in death by wife: Velma West Bankston, son: James Ray Bankston Jr. survived by daughter; Gloria Bankston Reece, nephew: Harry Thomas Bankston Jr. and many great nieces & nephews. Mr Bankstons was a graduate from St. Aloysius High School. Then graduated from Hinds Jr College in 1949 and Millsaps College in 1951.He did his post graduate work at Mississippi State University. He proudly served in the Navy Reserve from 1947 to 1953. During the Korean War he was made active from 51 to 53. His career work included Gulf Coast seismic oil exploration and retired in 1986 from U.S.D.A. Soil Conservations Service with duties as a contract specialist for archaeological studies on all SCS –NRCS construction projects and participated in several studies on the New Madrid Fault Zone.Ray was an avid duck and goose hunter since childhood. Around the United States and Canda. After his retirement from SCS, he pursued studies in wildlife with regards to resident Candian geese and ducks, He did numerous Volunteer projects with the TN Wildlife Resource Agency. He was fondly known as “The Old Man” to many in TWRA and the hunting community. He was a founding member of the Donelson Sportsman Club and a life long member of Ducks Unlimted and the National Rifle Associatin (NRA). He was known for many years as a breeder and trainer of Labrador Retrievers and proudly loved & owned “Risky” a state champion larador. Ray was a communicate of St. Pauls Catholic Church and Holy Rosary Church since 1960. Services will be held 10 am Friday with Father mark Hunt officiating at Hermitage Funeral Home. Interment to be held at Hermitage Memorial Gardens with Patriot Guard & Combat Vets, John & Bill Loviza, Joe & Cal Bartson, Jack Hollingsworth, Jay Gore, Teddy Bowden, Garry Dye, Charles Reeves, Steve Lund, and the staff of Hickory Gardens & Dr Gina Chandler & staff serving as honorary pallbearers.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Red Cloud Indian School 100 Mission Drive Pine Ridge South Dakota 57770, St Labre Indian School po Box 216 Ashland Montana 59003, St Bonaventure Indian Mission and school po box 610 Thoreau New Mexico 87323 . Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at Arrangements under the direction of Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory, TN.

Services

  • Service Friday, January 31, 2014
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James Ray Bankston Sr.

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Brandon

February 14, 2014

I will always miss and love my grandfather may you rest in pease.

Brandon

February 14, 2014

I will always miss and love my grandfather may you rest in pease.

Larry Blick

January 31, 2014

Ray was one of my favorite "characters" with great stories about hunting and fishing, and a knowledge of all practical things. He made work a productive and enjoyable experience.

Charles West

January 30, 2014

Gloria, Uncle Ray was indeed a wonderful, patient person. I remember several squirrel hunting days at Grandpa's farm when he would allow me to tag along. I was always amazed at the depth of his knowledge in such a variety of subjects. He was a humble walking textbook. Our spirits hurt with you in this loss. May fond memories of your parents and their spirits flood you in comfort and guidance.

Malets Bratcher

January 30, 2014

Ray was a good friend to Bob and to me.Bob passed away Non.6,2013. I'm sure they are sharing hunting and fishing stories now. My prayers are with the family.

Dwight Dickson

January 30, 2014

Sorry for your loss

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY