Charles Willbanks

Born in Jackson County, TN on May 10, 1939

Departed on April 17, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Mr. Charles Willbanks, age 81, passed away on April 17, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born on May 10, 1939 in Jackson County, AL to the late Jesse Gilbert Willbanks and Geneva Reeves Willbanks. He is also preceded in death by his siblings, Geneva Mae Willbanks, Jimmy Willbanks, Anna Ruth Freeman, Beatrice Frame, David Willbanks, and Horace Wilbanks, and former wife and friend, Sue H. Willbanks.

One of Charles’ proudest and most loved titles was, Papaw. He loved his grandchildren. He also enjoyed being outdoors and working on cars. He also had a lifelong ministry as a pastor. He was a loving father, brother and papaw who will be truly missed.

Charles is survived by his children, Todd (Dawn, who was also his primary caregiver) Willbanks, Trent (Ana) Willbanks, Tyler (Kealani), Susan E. Byrum (Carlin Escue), and Rachel Willbanks; siblings, Kenneth Wilbanks, Judy (Wallace) Meeks, Linda England, Betty Hollingsworth, Glenn Wilbanks, and Gladys Frazier; sister in law, Sherry Wilbanks; 22 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 1pm, Friday, April 23rd in the chapel of Crestview Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 4-8pm on Thursday evening and again from 11-1pm on Friday prior to the service.

8 Comments to Charles Willbanks

  1. Reba Jones
    April 20, 2021 6:30 am

    We have sat beside Charles at church several times. He was such a sweet man. We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you. Don and Reba Jones

  2. Gary and Donna Guinan Sr.
    April 20, 2021 12:48 pm

    We are deeply sorry for your loss.He was a sweet man! May God bless you and comfort your family! Gary and Donna Guinan Sr.

  3. Troy and Bonnie
    April 21, 2021 12:06 pm

    We will always remember the many times Mr. Willbanks sat at out dinner table. He was always full of grace and continually witnessing about his love of Jesus Christ. The years of care provided by Dawn will be greatly rewarded and may many blessings be bestowed on both her and Todd for their sacrifice. We believe Mr. Willbanks was already talking to angels when we last saw him a few days before he entered glory. Our hearts go out to all of his family.

  4. Cleo Spears
    April 21, 2021 1:49 pm

    Dear family so sorry for the loss of your dad.Also did not know your mom had pass away. We used to attend church with your family at New Hope. May God comfort each and everyone of you. Love and prayers Cleo and Shirley Spears

    April 21, 2021 2:21 pm

    Charles gave me the most precious gift I could ask for, a daughter, Laura Rachel Willbanks. She’s the only daughter I gave birth to. He was loved by all kids, he was their ‘big playmate’. He would walk into a room and his personality would overshadow everyone else. Kids would flock to him like bees to honey. He had a great influence on people. May he rest in peace. God bless the family, he will be sorely missed.

  6. Jeff Hughes and family
    April 22, 2021 8:36 am

    The Wilbanks family will surely miss their Papaw, but they know you are in a better place. Rest well Mr. Wilbanks, your family will celebrate your life every time they think of you. God Bless.

  7. Nina Davis
    April 23, 2021 5:32 am

    Sorry for your loss. Charles was a neighbor to us back in our childhood years. My Dad (Ralph LeRoy) thought the world of the Wilbanks family..

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