Arvil Wade Bankston, 83, passed absent peacefully on May well 15, 2021, at house surrounded by spouse and children in Missouri City, Texas.
A fifth-generation indigenous Texan and 10th-technology descendant of Swedish colonial settlers, A.W. was born on March 2, 1938, in Ennis, Texas, to Loma Lee and Margaret Bankston. He was named just after his paternal grandfather, Arvil Wade “Doc” Bankston (1859-1901) but liked to be named A.W. or Wade. He adopted in his dad’s footsteps by heading to do the job for the Texas & New Orleans Railroad in 1956, after graduating from Ennis Superior College, exactly where he was pupil overall body president. His good grandfather, Micajah W. Bankston, fought in the 9th Regiment of the Texas Calvary. His 2nd fantastic-grandparents, James and Lavisa Bankston, have been early settlers to the Republic of Texas, relocating from Arkansas to Pink River County in 1837.
A.W.’s earliest acknowledged ancestor, Anders Bengtsson a/k/a Andrew Bankson, immigrated to the New World in 1656 from western Sweden, close to Gothenburg. He lived in the former Swedish colony of New Sweden and married Gertrude Rambo, the eldest daughter of Peter Gunnarson Rambo. Andrew Bankson was elected to the inaugural Pennsylvania Assembly and witnessed the signing of William Penn’s Body of Govt.
On June 5, 1959, A.W. married Joyce Ann Martin in Waxahachie, Texas. They were married 56 decades, elevating two sons and parting only upon her death in 2015. A.W. was Joyce’s key caregiver when she grew to become bedridden and he selflessly took care of her for about 10 many years. Wade was a Learn Mason with Masonic Lodge #90 in Waxahachie for about 50 several years. His do the job ethic was next to none. He worked 44 yrs for the exact same enterprise, whilst it improved on him 2 times, very first to the Southern Pacific and then the Union Pacific Railroads. Just after “retirement,” he ongoing doing the job component-time providing motor vehicles for automobile dealers, as doing work in the car or truck company is a thing of a household trade. A.W.’s cousins W.O. Bankston and Crimson Bankston had been well-regarded auto dealers in the Metroplex. His son Michael has above 30 years’ encounter in the car business, and his son Mark is a attorney whose apply centers on representing franchised dealerships.
A devout Christian, A.W. stayed lively in his church, serving as a deacon at Sugar Land Baptist Church. He was properly-suited for these a situation as he beloved people today and by no means fulfilled a stranger. Wade experienced the gift of simple dialogue and a speedy smile. When asked what he beloved most about doing the job for the railroad for so very long, his remedy was simple: “The individuals I acquired to get the job done with,” he reported. In addition, A.W. relished pictures and loved baseball. He was constantly noticed sporting either an Astros or Rangers ballcap.
A.W. was preceded in death by his spouse, Joyce Ann Martin Bankston father, Loma Lee Bankston mother, Margaret Louise Plagens Bankston sister, Helen Louise Bankston Borders father-in-law, Shirley Neal Martin mother-in-law, Zula Maye Martin brothers-in-legislation: Neal Eugene Martin, William Dean “Bill” Davis and Davey Borders sister-in-regulation, Florence Kimmick Martin uncle, Malcolm Wade Bankston aunt, Ada Bankston Riddle and cousins, Garland Hall Bankston, W.O. Bankston and James Milton Bankston.
He is survived by his sons: Michael Wade Bankston and Mark Allan Bankston daughters-in-law, Stephanie Allemore Bankston and Zee Bankston grandchildren: Kelsey, Austin and Vince sister-in-regulation, Janice Davis brother-in-regulation, Norman Wayne Martin and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at Lakeview Memorial Park Cemetery in Waxahachie, Texas, on Saturday, May well 22, 2021 at 1 p.m.