Bobby Wayne Wilbanks
Bobby Wayne Wilbanks
  • March 2, 1943 - June 29, 2017
  • Mississippi

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Bobby Wayne Wilbanks, 74, departed this life on June 29, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Hatchie Chapel Church with Bro. Skippy Rowland and Bro. Alan Parker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Hatchie Chapel Church.

Bobby was born March 2, 1943 in Alcorn County to Emert H. Wilbanks and Bessie Barnes Wilbanks. He attended Alcorn County Schools. He was the retired owner of Wilbanks Import Salvage & Used Cars, and a member of Hatchie Chapel Church. He married Frances Maxine Allen on June 11, 1965. He worked hard to establish the Union Center/Theo Volunteer Fire Department and served as chief for several years. Before, his illness, he enjoyed raising Brangus cattle and working his fields on his John Deere tractors. His happy times were spent with Philip and Rick on the river fishing for catfish. The highlight of his week was the men's prayer room time on Sunday morning at Hatchie Chapel.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Frances Maxine Allen Wilbanks, his brother, Levoyd Wilbanks (Linda); sisters, Pat Wilbanks Malone and Shirley Wilbanks Hollis (Douglas); his nieces, Tammy Wilbanks, Alesha Wilbanks, Katie Wilbanks and Brooklyn Malone; his nephews, Scotty Hollis, Justin Hollis, Noah Hollis, Jason Malone, Austin Malone and Wesley Wilbanks, many cousins, friends, and a special church family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emert and Bessie Barnes Wilbanks; grandparents, Miles and Margie Wilbanks and Cleveland and Sallie Short Barnes; his brother, Paul Ray Wilbanks (Martha), his sister, Lila Fay Wilbanks; his sister-in-law, Judy Nelson Wilbanks; his brother-in-law, Billy Malone, a niece, Misty Dawn Hollis and special friends, Gene Phelps and Bobby Jones.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, Jason Malone, Jimmy Plaxico, Scotty Hollis, Justin Hollis, Scott Mercer and Allan Plaxico.

Honorary pallbearers will be Philip Mathis, Ricky Crane, R. L. Mathis, Glen Miles, Jimmy Crum and James Box.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Bobby Wilbanks to any Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home, Corinth, Mississippi.