George Wilbanks Obituary, Death – George Eugene Wilbanks unexpectedly went away on Sunday morning at the age of 72 surrounded by his adoring family. George Wilbanks was born on March 18, 1950, and passed away on January 22, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock in the morning on Friday, January 27, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama. He was a proud member of the vestry at this church. The viewing with the family will start at 10 in the morning. The day after the funeral, there will also be a viewing with the family conducted at the Alexander City Methodist Church. In Alexander City, Alabama, on March 18, 1950, he was welcomed into the world by his parents, Nell and Robert Wilbanks.
He grew up in a loving family environment with two brothers and two sisters. After receiving his degree in 1972 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, George had a few short-term jobs before beginning what would become a career at Drummond Coal Company that would last 41 years and finally lead to his being promoted to the position of President of Export Sales. George is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bruhn Wilbanks, as well as his three children: Lydia (Lilly) Murphy Pauline Wilbanks, George (Dewey) Caffery Wilbanks, and Katy Alexander Fuller Wilbanks. George was well-known for his acerbic wit and generous heart. Katy Alexander Fuller Wilbanks was the youngest of the three children. The greatest way for him to indulge his passion for travel was to take his kids along and show them all the places in the world that he was so knowledgeable about.
Whenever he was at home, you could find him rewatching Alabama football games, spending time with his wife and family, or, more lately, playing golf with his cousin Sealy. His mother, Nell Fuller Wilbanks (1920-2004), and father, Robert Smith Wilbanks, Jr., passed away before George was born (1916-1995). In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his brothers, Robert Wilbanks of Mobile, AL and William Wilbanks of Alexander City, AL, as well as his sisters, Barbara Wilbanks Roberts of St. Louis, MO, and Pauline (Polly) Wilbanks Comer of Eufaula, AL. He also has dozens of nieces and nephews who will miss him very much. He was a very kind and generous man.