Homer G. Bankhead

April 18, 1923 - December 24, 2008

Homer G. Bankhead, age 85, of Allen, Texas, passed away on December 24, 2008. He was born on April 18, 1923 in Snyder, Texas to Charles E. and Gladys Walker Bankhead. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated from W.H. Adamson High School. Homer went on to graduate from the Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, New York and served as a Lieutenant in the Merchant Marines in World War II. He also proudly served as a Private in the U.S. Army. Homer received his bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University, and at the age of 72 he received his Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University. As a professional fundraiser, he managed successful campaigns for the United Way, as well as various colleges, hospitals, and churches around the country. He was a life long member of the Church of Christ. Homer married Mary Ann Hedgcoxe on January 15, 1954, who preceded him in death in 1990. He is also preceded in death by his parents; brother Charles Walker Bankhead; sister Elaine Tutt; and wife Juanita Hipp Bankhead. He is survived by his wife of ten years Billy Merle Bankhead of Midland, Texas; his children with Mary Ann Hedgcoxe Bankhead: Barefoot Bankhead and wife Donis; Honey Gray and husband Joe; Melody Ostrander and husband Ed; Missy Siemietkowski and husband John of Washington DC; grandchildren, Brooks and Ben Bankhead, Chelsea and Chance Gray, Brandon, Katie, Kelly Scott, and Holly Ostrander, Grace and Claire Siemietkowski; and brother, Ribble Bankhead of Theodore, Alabama. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., December 29, 2008 in the Chapel at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, with Keith Maloney, pastor of Greenville Oaks Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Cemetery in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on December 28, 2008 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ernie, Melanie and Linzie Bankhead Ernie Bankhead, December 30, 2008 I wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and your family at this time. Danette Hilton, December 29, 2008 Our sincere sympathy, Jane & Jerry Carson Ken Carson Karen Carson Saucier Jane & Jerry Carson, December 29, 2008 May God be with you and bless you during this time of mourning. It is so very hard to lose a parent. My prayers are with you and yours. Sincerely, Rea Nelson Rea Nelson, December 28, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, at this time of sorrow, may god be with your family, always. Jack,Annie,little jack and Joeley. Jack A Hedgcoxe, December 28, 2008 Best Wishes , Comfort and Encouragement for support to the family. Kathy Freeman, December 28, 2008 Rest in peace. Barefoot Bankhead, December 28, 2008 Honey & Joe, My thoughts are with you today and the upcoming days. It is never easy to bury a loved one, but especially at this time of the year. Just know you are in my prayers. Denise Jones, December 28, 2008 Barefoot, Honey, Melody, and Missy, I offer my deepest condolences. I know what it is like to lose a Father. I am sure you take comfort that your Father is now at home with his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. My prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Darren L Giles, December 27, 2008