Floyd W. Wilbanks, age 81, of Monett, Missouri, passed away on April 8, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Wilbanks, son of Willard Floyd and Mary (Campbell) Wilbanks was born on August 13, 1927, in Stover, Missouri. After graduating from Seligman School in 1945, he joined the United States Army and served in the Occupational Forces in Germany for two and a half years. On August 15, 1954, he was united in marriage to Betty Ruth Ragland. For many years Mr. Wilbanks owned and operated the D-X Service Station and Cafe in Seligman. In his secular work he is best remembered as a carpenter working with Woodrow Skelton in the building trade for 20 years, building many fine homes in the area.
In 1965 Floyd was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, serving as an elder in the Monett Congregation. In 1970 he enjoyed the privilege of helping form the Cassville Congregation. He loved sharing the Bible truths with others; how God's Kingdom with Jesus Christ as King will restore the Earth to paradise, and sickness and death will be no more. He believed the Bible's promise of a resurrection, some to heavenly life, but for most life on a paradise Earth. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Wilbanks, of Monett, Missouri; one son, Dennis Wilbanks, of Cassville, Missouri; one grandson, Bobby Wilbanks, of Reeds, Missouri; one granddaughter, Melissa McNeal, of Republic, Missouri; four great grandsons, Marcus, Jacob, Jayce, and Jaren; two brothers, Orval Wilbanks, of Washburn, Missouri, and Paul Wilbanks; three sisters, Helen Pryor, of Versailles, Alice Crimm, of Washburn, Missouri, and Anna Coleman, of Cassville, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Marion Wilbanks.
Private family burial was held in the Seligman Cemetery in Seligman, Missouri. Memorial services will be held on Monday, April 13, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the White Funeral Home in Cassville, Missouri, followed by visitation with family until 9:00 p.m. On-line condolences to the family and viewing of the memorial service can be done at www.whitefuneralhome.org.