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Lorene Bankston, Johnson City

Published February 9th, 2012 11:13 pm

Mrs. Lorene Harris Bankston, age 79, 316 Pine Forest Lane, Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Bankston was a native of Senoia, GA, and the only daughter of the late James Render and Bessie Couch Harris. She had resided in Unicoi County for the past 8 years.
Mrs. Bankston had the joy of having “armies of friends!” She loved gardening and homemaking and was a devoted mother and wife. Mrs. Bankston was a member of the Madras United Methodist Church, Madras, Oregon.
Other than her parents, Mrs. Bankston was preceded in death by her 19 year old son, Warren Keith Bankston, who passed away December 11, 1970. She was also preceded in death by nine brothers: Wallace, Houston, Melvin, J.P., Owen, Douglas, Howard, David and Dennis Harris, who was killed in action on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and his body entombed on the USS Arizona.
Mrs. Bankston is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Norman Bankston; one son, Michael Bankston and wife, Cindy, Gresham, OR; one daughter, Sheryl Kaye Russell and husband, Alvin, Hendersonville, NC; one grandchild, Misty Marie Gruita, Houston, TX; one great grandchild, Isabella Gruita; two brothers: Render Eutis Harris and wife, Joyce, Cumming, GA, Roger Harris, Griffin, GA; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
It was Mrs. Bankston wishes to be cremated. A graveside service will be announced at a future date and interment will follow in the Willamette National Cemetery, Happy Valley, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that those wishing to make donations in Mrs. Bankston’s memory may do so to the American Alzheimer’s Association, Northeast TN Chapter, 207 North Boone Street, Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604; ph. 423-928-4080.
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Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Dr., Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Bankston family. (423) 743-1381