Thomasville Times Enterprise


September 13, 2008

Local Deaths Sept. 14, 2008

Lucia Gough Bankston

Graveside services for Lucia Gough Bankston, 82, of Valdosta, are 10 a.m. Monday at Sunset Hill Cemetery. Mr. Emory Smith will officiate. Mrs. Bankston was born on Dec. 16, 1925, in Vicksburg, Miss., to the late Preston and Zelda Henry Gough. She lived in Valdosta for the past 50 years. Mrs. Bankston was a member of the Park Avenue United Methodist Church. She died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at Presbyterian Home after a lengthy illness. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Norman Ray and Ruth Bankston of Thomasville and Harry Thomas Bankston III of West Point; six grandchildren, Deidre (Kenny) Hallonquist of Harris County, Jason Thomas (Kristi) Bankston of Athens, Brittany Gough Bankston of Athens, and Harry Alston Bankston, Laurie McGee Bankston and Norman Henry Bankston, all of Thomasville; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas Kyle Hallonquist, Jonathan Bradley Hallonquist and William Thomas Hallonquist; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Preston Gough of Jackson, Miss., Norman Henry and Marleen Gough of Clinton, Miss., and Kerry and Cathi Gough of Augusta; sister-in-law, Betty Gough of Poquson, Va.; two brothers-in-law, Waymon Watkins of McComb, Miss. and Ray Bankston of Hermitage, Tenn.; six nephews; and, five nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Thomas Bankston Jr., sister Gaye Watkins, brother Jerry Gough and granddaughter Mary Quin Bankston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Georgia Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, 1512-1 Gillionville Rd., Albany, GA 31707. Guests may sign the online registrar at — Carson McLane Funeral Home

Billy J. Bass

Inurnment for Billy J. Bass, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Barrancas National Cemetery. Chaplain Sally Michaud will officiate and there will be full military honors. Mr. Bass, a retired CMSGT, spent 27 years in the United States Air Force. He was the loving husband of Dolores M. Bass for 57 years and resided with her at Theresa Village, the Air Force Retirement Association in Fort Walton Beach. They enjoyed life in many places around the world. Mr. Bass and his wife spent seven years traveling the South in their RV and worked for the Corps of Engineers out of Atlanta for six years before relocating to Theresa Village. He also worked in Saudi Arabia for three years for Northrup and, during his Air Force service, was stationed in Guam, Bermuda and the Philippines. Mr. Bass served his country in Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. He retired from service from Moody AFB in Valdosta. Mr. Bass died Sept. 3, 2008. Survivors include his wife; children, Gregory (Teresa) Bass of Jay, Fla., Karen (Brian) Gauntt of Pensacola, Fla., and Joseph (Ruth) Bass of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Jeremy, Candice, Shane, Kaitlyn, Tanya, J.J., Chelsea, Shawn and Nichole; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Francis Blow, Betty (Neil) Sherrod, Winnette (Greg) Stinson of Thomasville, and Linda Bass of Atlanta. He was preceded in death by son Stephen Michael Bass, parents Joseph C. and Mary White Bass and brother Wayne Allen Bass. — McLaughlin Mortuary

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