W. C. Dub Wilbanks
Funeral Date: 8/3/2009

Obituary:
W. C. (Dub) Wilbanks passed away 30 July 2009. He was born November 27, 1922, in Fayetteville, AR, to W. C. & Sibbie Wilbanks. He graduated from Batesville High School and attended the University of Arkansas and LSU. After serving four years in the U.S. Army during World War II, he began his career of 40 years with AP&L, now Entergy. He began his career as an engineer with the company at Batesville, AR. He then worked in various positions throughout Arkansas, retiring as local manager in Warren, AR. Dub was a member of the Arkansas Home Builders Association in Pine Bluff, Little Rock, and Russellville. While in Pine Bluff he was manager of the Adequate Wiring Bureau where the First Gold Medallion Home was constructed. He established the Pine Bluff Electrical Contractors Association. In Russellville he was President of the Kiwanis Club and also Lt. Governor of the Russellville district of the Kiwanis Club. He was past president of the Warren Rotary Club and Warren Chamber of Commerce. Dub was a member of the Fair and Marketing Association and a member of the First State Bank Community Board. He held a Lifetime Master Electrician license and was a member of the Arkansas State Electrical Examiners Board. He served as a member of the Warren Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Dub was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Fishermenís Sunday school class. Dub had a zest for life, with his family being his greatest love. He enjoyed caring for his pets, and he spent many hours tending to his yard and flowers. His positive outlook on life was contagious to everyone who knew him. Survivors are his wife Frances Jeffery Wilbanks, one daughter Olivia Ann Young (James Ray) of Warren, and three sons, Jim Wilbanks (Sandra) of Conway, Jeff Wilbanks (Barbara) of Conway, and David Wilbanks (Debbie) of Tulsa, OK. He is survived by 3 grandsons, Jimmy Wilbanks (Conway), Greg Wilbanks (Dallas, TX), and Jeff Wilbanks (Tulsa, OK) and 5 granddaughters, Amy Turner (Conway), Leslie & Lindsey Wilbanks (Conway), and Ashley & Lauren Young (Warren). Also surviving are 4 great grandchildren. He is survived by 2 sisters, Vic Anderson and Jean Wilbanks and one sister-in-law, Barbara Wilbanks. He was preceded in death by one brother, John, and two sisters, Lucile and Edna. Funeral services were 2 pm Monday at Frazerís Funeral Home with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Gary Maskell officiating, with graveside ceremony following at Oakland Cemetery. Janice Sullivan was organist. Active pallbearers were Curtis Blankinship, Jr., John Gavin, J.W. Howsen, Charles Simpson, Phillip Wylie and Jerrel Stanfield. Honorary pallbearers were Al Barnett, Bradley County Fair and Marketing Board, Ed Brewer, T.H. Brown, Leland Bryant, Ralph Coston, Larry Derby, First State Community Board, Fishermanís Sunday School Class, Paul Gatling, Martin Hankins, Clinton Jayne, John Lipton, Buddy McCaskill, Freddy Mobley, Matthew Pennington, Royce Poole, Hugh Quimby, Gregg Reep, Weldon Sledge, Billy Waldrop, Paul Cooper, Billy Watson and Dr. Joe H. Wharton. The family would like to thank Dr. Wharton and all the caregivers at Bradley County Medical Center. Memorials may be made to Warren First United Methodist and the Bradley County Veterans Museum.

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Name: Dale, Tanya, Hayden & Weston Smith
Message: So sorry to hear aboout Mr. Wilbanks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.

Name: LaDonna Goodwin
Message: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how cherished he was by all who knew him.

Name: Sandra Word
Message: Olivia: I am so very sorry about your Dad. I have been in your shoes & know the hurt you're feeling. Know that you are in my prayers.

Name: Nelma & Aaron (Ginger) Nicholson
Message: God bless you,Olivia,and all your family. You will be in our prayers.

Name: Kim Whitley
Message: Jeff, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. I will be praying for you and your family.

Name: Nancy McBee
Message: I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and sympathy for all.

Name: Andy Hodges
Message: It was with deep sadness that I learned of Mr. Dub's passing. Daddy considered it a pleasure to have worked with and for Mr. Dub for a great many years, often saying Mr. Dub was "the only local manager he'd ever been around that knew what he was talking about." He was smiling when he said it because I reminded him it was too late for a bonus. And I remember the relief I felt nearly 20 years after the fact when Mr. Dub said he really wasn't embarrassed by how much I ate as a Junior Rotarian, but he did enjoy giving me a hard time about it. He was one of a kind. He will be missed by the Hodges family.

Name: Billy & Tanya Waldrop
Message: Dear Sancee & Family know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, Mr. Dub will be greatly missed, but his kind and wonderful little spirit will remain with us always and for eternity.

Name: Judy and French Wynne, Jr.
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Name: Kaylon & Jimmy Taylor
Message: Mrs. Wilbanks, Olivia, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Wilbanks was a sweet man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Bob and Ruth Baker
Message: I have always had great and pleasant memories of Dub and Frances Wilbanks and the family. Our thoughts are with your family.

Name: Maylon Rice
Message: I was sad to hear of Mr. Dub's passing. He was a fine man and will be missed. The family is in my prayers

Name: TROYLYNN BURRIS-MCSPADDEN
Message: DEAR WILBANKS FAMILY-I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DUB. PLEASE KNOW YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

Name: Peggy Hale
Message: Jim and family...you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you during this time of sorrow.

Name: Cindy Thompson
Message: Ms. Francis, As the news arrived today, I thought of all the many wonerful times we had when Mr. Dub was the manager at Warren's AP&L Office. Even when we met on the streets of Warren or in the grocery store, he always had a smile and kind word to say. His life was a blessing to all that knew him. My prayers are with you all - Cindy

Name: Fran and Ken VanDerZwalm
Message: You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love, Ken and Fran