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Gary Lavell Wilbanks
March 22, 1944 - July 30, 2020

Gary Lavell Wilbanks, age 76 of Monticello, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020. He was born March 22, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant, TX to the late Jude Wilbanks and Pauline Anderson Slovak. Lavell had a BSE from Arkansas A&M (now University of Arkansas Monticello). He was retired from the Army National Guard and the State of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services after 30 plus years of service. Lavell was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. Most important to him was the love he had for his family.
In addition to his parents, Lavell was also 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, TX, 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, TX; the mother of his children, Carolyn Free Carter of Rock Springs, two nephews, Tiger Wilbanks and Chris Wilbanks; and a sister-in-law, Gloria Wilbanks of Monticello.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Please sign online guestbook at
Memorials may be made to Monticello Second Chance Fur Dogs, LLC.

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