Donald Ray Banks

Donald Ray Banks, 63, of Valley Mills, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019.

Memorial Visitation: from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, July 30 at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Donny was born July 21, 1956 to Kenneth and Doris (Whited) Banks.

He was old-school, though he was hard if it was wrong.  He was loving and kind to his wife, son, daughter (not in-law) and joy of his life Briella.  Donny was so kind to many people, not cashing their checks when he had done work for them.  He was loyal and loving, though he tried not to always be known.  He and his wife, Cindy, lived a great life for almost 47 years, and God always got them through it.  So now God has called him home after a very short time with a heart disease.  One of Donny’s favorite sayings after several brushes with death was “It may be a good day to die.”  He didn’t want mourning and tears.  His faith in God was strong and now a good man has gone home.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Donny is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Cindy; son, Billy Banks and wife Brittany; granddaughters, Briella and Bailee Banks; brothers, Bennie Whited and Kenneth Whited; and sisters, Sinda Castillo and Versi Banks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donny’s honor, to the Mike Abel Scholarship c/o Central Texas Rifle and Pistol Club.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708



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  1. Rest In Peace Donny.

  2. Janet Burnette

    I am truly sorry for your loss.
    I remember the little boy who lived across the street from me so many many years ago.
    I regret that I didn’t get to know the good man he became.
    My prayers to Donny’s family 🙏

  3. Mike & Dawn Sirizzotti

    Cindy, Billy & Brittany,
    We are so saddened to have learned about Donny. Donny was such a sincere, hard working man..we always enjoyed seeing him! We extend our deepest sympathy to each of you in your loss.
    Rest in peace Donny.
    With hugs,
    Mike & Dawn

  4. Lillie Samaniego Garner

    To the Banks family our deepest condolences to you all. As we just lost our oldest brother Del, Jr. we truly feel y’alls pain and our prayers for peace and comfort go out to you all.
    Love from the Jean and Del Samaniego families. ❤️

    • My prayers to your family as well Lillie. Went to school with Del and Eva,,as well as the late john McDonald.
      Del was a good man…..and funny as well. H
      Tell Eva my deepest condolences…I am currently at the coast on vacation and will be unable to attend Del’s funeral.
      God Bless…

  5. Dear Banks Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed
    the hard time Donnie would give me on jobsites
    that we worked together. I will keep your family
    in my prayers. Don Ball

  6. Paul and Shannon Wiggins

    We are so very sorry to hear of Donny’s passing. He was a wonderful man who helped everyone. Please know you are all in our prayers.

  7. Cindy im very sorry to hear this about Donald ,Your family are in my prayers and if I can help with anything please let me know.. Carl Clemons

  8. I have known Donny since he was at leaast 16 when he and my son William Hill worked for James Taylor working on cars and drinking beer. Every where I look I can see the things Donny fix for myself and my husband. He always came and always fixed things. Times he wouldn’t charge me. I told him he can’t pay his bills that way,
    God has gotten a good man. He will never be forgotten as far as Ia m concerned and a lot of people. Donny and Cindy were meant for each other. May the Good Lord Bless adn keep all of you.
    My heart goes out to all the family. May he rest now and not be hurrying out a door telling some he has work to do. He will fix bathrooms for the Lord now.
    Rest g well in His arms .
    Donny was like a son to me and his memories are all around my place.
    Much love and many prayers to all of you.
    Zava and Joe Koelzer

  9. So sorry to hear this..my prayers and thoughts to hhis entire awesome family. Grew up playing with Donnie on 15a street and spent many nights at his house. Had a dry sence of humor but would give you the shirt off his back if you asked for it. RIP old friend and thanks for the memories..

  10. Larry and Sharon Bangert and Karen Terrell

    We pray the love of God enfolds you during this time. May your many wonderful memories of Donny sustain you. May God’s peace be with you all. We love you in Christ’s Holy Name! Larry and Sharon Bangert and Karen Terrell

  11. Larry and Sharon Bangert and Karen Terrell

    We pray the love of God enfold you during this difficult time. May your many memories of Donny help to sustain you. May God’s peace be you all. We love you in Christ’s Holy Name.

  12. Helen Overcash

    I worked at The Rohan Company (which has had many names since) and Donnie came in and purchased supplies for his employer. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good guy.

    Kay Overcash

  13. Robert & Lisa Warren

    So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. We met him through Frank and Louise. He was such a nice man. Thoughts and prayers to you Cindy and the family.

  14. Sherri Hill Tate

    My love and prayers go out to you all. I know that there are a lot of people that are going to miss Donny. I’m so saddened for the loss. Donny was such a Good Man! He had just been at my house a few weeks ago to fix some ailing plumbing. God now has mended all your aches and pains Donny. Rest in peace. Now you and Will can hang out and watch the rest of us.

  15. Sandra Kaluza Reddig

    So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers for you Cindy and your family. May God bless you and guide you through this most difficult time. Sandra Kaluza Reddig.

  16. Helen Staley Haralson

    Saddened to hear of Donny’s passing. Praying for comfort & peace for all the family. I, too, remember little Donny next door. So sorry for your loss. Helen Staley Haralson

  17. Billy and Brittany Banks
    I was sad to hear about your Dad’s death. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts in the upcoming days and months ahead.

    Schelly Abel

  18. Mike and Karen Muns

    So sorry to hear about your loss Cindy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Linda Braswell

    Dear Cindy, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our minds hold the memories. Our heart keeps the Love. Our Faith lets us know we will meet again. May God comfort you and family. All My Love, Linda Braswell

  20. So sorry for your loss I always looked forward to working with him at job sites he will be missed

  21. Robert Rodriguez. Bobby

    My deepest condolence Cindy & familia memebet

    Sincere. Robert. “Bobby ” Rodriguez

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