Gary Lavell Wilbanks

Gary Lavell Wilbanks, 76, of Monticello, died on July 30, 2020.

He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on March 22, 1944 to the late Jude Wilbanks and Pauline Anderson Slovak.

Mr. Wilbanks had a BSE from A&M, now the University of Arkansas Monticello. He retired from the Army National Guard and the State of Arkansas Rehabilitation after 30 plus years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. Most important to him was his family.

In addition to his parents, Lavell was preceded in death by a daughter, Traci Wilbanks Burris; his brother, Vanoy Wilbanks; a niece, Lisa Wilbanks; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Carter Wilbanks.

Lavell is survived by one daughter, Tonya Wilbanks Gavin and husband Ray of Woodlawn; five grandchildren, Tye Burris and Jayme Burris, both of Crosby, Texas, Hannah Black and husband Grant of Little Rock, Tyler Gavin, stationed in Afghanistan, and Olivia Gavin of Woodlawn; two great grandchildren, Paisleigh and Ryder; son-in-law, Daren Burris, of Crosby, Texas; the mother of his children, Carolyn Free Carter of Rock Springs; two nephews, Tiger Wilbanks and Chris Wilbanks; and sister-in-law, Gloria Wilbanks of Monticello.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

Memorials may be made to Monticello Second Chance Fur Dogs, LLC.