Mr. Don Ray Bannister
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“I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with Don for many years at ADS and was his dispatcher for many of those. He was a joy to know and...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lou Vavra - Ennis, TX

“Sorry to hear about your uncle, Michelle. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: regina moss

“Val, Doug, Shelley, and Darla: I wish I had the words to express how sorry I am over the loss of Uncle Don. He was a great man that was loved and...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Brian Melton - Frisco, TX

“I am praying for your sweet family during this time. Shelley is a wonderful friend to me and I am touched by the stories she has shared about her...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Gena Wharton - Kemp, TX - FRIEND

“You are in my thoughts and prayers, i didnt know Don but just his smile showed he was a very sweet and loving person. i pray that god will give you...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: doris allen - paris, TX - friend

“Val and family, James and I will always remember all the good and fun times our families shared. The church functions we attended together, the...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Faye Nabors - Sunnyvale, TX

“Valerie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I loved Don and am glad he is no longer in pain. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Judy Morris Trammell - Athens, TX

“Rest in peace my sweet daddy, you have been the greatest dad and pawpaw. I will deeply miss our daily hugs. Thank you for the unconditional love for...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Shelley Bannister Rychlik - TX

“Val and Kids So sorry I know how hard it is. Brings back so many memories .You and Don were so very much help to Sonya during the time J.C. had...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Maxine Bannister Tedder - Forney, TX

“Dear Valerie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We mourn with you Don's passing. He was a wonderful friend. His ready smile and our lunches...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: James and Kay Leaks - Dallas, TX

“Praying God's comfort will carry you through your time of greiving. God Bless you and may the memories of your loved one fill the void. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Claudine Gammon - Kemp, TX

“Valerie and family, our deepest sympathy in the passing of Don. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this truly difficult time....Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie Stuart - Forney, TX

“May God bless you in your time of sorrow.Don was a wonderful friend and he will be missed .Love and prayers. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Don and Sharon Sutton - Ennis, TX

“Your family is a testament to what a great man Mr. Bannister was. His legacy lives on through you all and he will be remembered with love, kindness,...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Amy Fulton


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Don Ray Bannister, 72, of Scurry, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 1, 2012. He was born on October 26, 1940 in Kaufman County to Ray and Leta Bell (Clark) Bannister. Don dearly loved fishing for catfish at Cedar Creek Lake and spending time with his family. He was known as "Donald Duck" to those close to him for his funny duck voices. Don could bring a smile to the saddest face and his personality lit up the room when he walked in. He was beloved "PawPaw" to his grandchildren, who worshipped the ground he walked on. Don was married to his dear wife Valerie Elizabeth (Adamson) Bannister for 49 wonderful years.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronnie Bannister. Those left to celebrate his life are beloved wife Valerie, dear children Doug Bannister of Scurry, Shelley Rychlik and husband Henry of Scurry, and Darla Hammer and husband Scott of Kemp; grandchildren Alyson Hibdon, Taylor Huddle, Ronnie Hibdon, and Trenton Hibdon; brothers James Bannister and wife Sue and Johnny Bannister and wife Sherry; sisters-in-law Lucy Melton and husband Don and Marcy Benham and husband Newton; brother-in-law Clinton Adamson and wife Kim; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends who will all miss him greatly.

Family will receive visitors on Tuesday, December 4 from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Graveside service will be Wednesday, December 5 at 11 am at Mount Olive Cemetery in Scurry.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in Don's honor to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.