On the morning of April 14, 2022, Chief Master Sergeant (USAF) retired Herbert Lloyd Bankston received his final orders and reported, dutifully as always, to the house of his Lord and Savior. He passed peacefully in his home, surrounded and comforted by his loving wife and children.
Born on November 22, 1938 in Holland, MO, Herb was the fourth of five children raised by tenant farmers Leonard and Mildred Bankston in the boot heel of Missouri. From there, he would embark on a remarkable life that would send him around the world many times over. After enlisting in the United States Air Force, he would serve proudly throughout the U.S. and abroad as an air traffic controller with stops in Montana, Morocco, Munich, Mississippi, Texas, Berlin, Vietnam, Maine, Arkansas, Korea and then Germany one more time before finally settling outside of St. Louis in Troy. Retiring after thirty years in the Air Force, Herb then worked for an additional fifteen years as a civil servant in and around the St. Louis area before retiring for good in 2003.
It was during one of his deployments abroad when he would meet the love of his life, Angela Singer, and the two would form a loving relationship that would include fifty-nine years of marriage (March 14, 1963 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caruthersville, MO), four children, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Herb was a very joyous spirit, capable of striking up a conversation with just about anyone at any time about any topic. He was known to bestow just about anyone he met with a nickname, sometimes more than one. Herb was a constant presence at any family affair such as baptisms, weddings, concerts, plays, dance recitals and especially sporting events where he was always ready and willing to offer advice to anyone who would listen. In the rare instances he took time to focus on himself, he enjoyed watching sports on TV, playing golf and constantly monitoring the weather and the length of the grass in his yard.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Mildred (Harris) Bankston, and sisters Emma Joan Bankston and Marcele Russell.
He is survived by his sister Iva Lynn (Horris) Fly of Gallatin, TN and his brother Thomas Bankston of Bettendorf, IA. Also surviving are his wife, Angela (Singer) Bankston of Troy; children Alisa (Mike) Williams of Alhambra, Christina (Bobby) Schneider of Troy, Tony (Kim) Bankston of Normal, and Patty (Joe) Hernandez of Troy. Grandchildren are Amanda (Williams) Wilkinson and Christa Williams; Tiffany Schneider, Bailey (Schneider) Ellis, Danielle (Schneider) Stowers and Cody Schneider; Anna Bankston, Olivia Bankston, Brooke Bankston and Eva Bankston; Sophia Hernandez and Joey Hernandez. Great-grandchildren are Bella and Nora Niedringhaus, Grayson and Maverick Ellis, Flora Wilkinson, and Emilia and Ava Stowers.
A funeral mass was held at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy, on Tuesday, April 19th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis, any service or home supporting battered women, or St. Jerome Church in Troy.
Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, was in charge of the arrangements.