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Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Mullican Little Funeral Home 754 State Hwy 56 East Bells, Texas 75414

Funeral Service:

Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church 207 S Ashford St, Savoy, Texas 75479


Little Jordan Cemetery

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Debbie Bankston Gilbert went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday February 9, 2024. She was born to Faye Galyon Bunch and Charles Bankston on October 18, 1954, in Bonham, Texas.

Debbie married Joe Gilbert December 7, 1973, just celebrating 50 years this past December. Debbie worked for Medical Plaza Hospital for approximately 25 years before going to work for Texas Oncology, she retired from there after 20 years of service. She was an avid Texas sports fan, loving the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Dallas Mavericks. She was thrilled when her Texas Rangers won the World Series this past year. She loved Andy Griffith re-runs and Christmas was definitely her favorite time of the year. Debbie loved her family and friends deeply; she was very giving and supported her community in any way that she could.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Joe Gilbert of Savoy; daughter, Kerri Jo Allen of Savoy; grandchildren, Tristan Allen and wife Eryn of Texas City, Tanner Allen of Savoy, and Taylor Allen of Sherman; great-grandchildren, Brynn and Chase Allen of Texas City; sisters, Cheryl Halter Butler and husband Mark of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Cindy Howland and husband Paul of Luella, Charla Harkreader and husband Sam of Spring, Texas; Tammy Bean and husband Donnie of Tom Bean; sister-in-law, Stacie Bankston of West Columbia, Texas; Danny Bunch and wife Gayle of Hillsboro, Texas; Ray Bunch of Sherman; and brother-in-law, Joe Morris of Sherman. She has several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she dearly loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Faye and Walter Bunch, Charles and Missie Bankston; her in-laws, Frank and Bunky Weatherman, Jack and Hazel Hawkins; brother, Charlie Bankston; sister, Roseanne Morris; and brother-in-law Larry Halter.

The family will visit with friends at Mullican-Little Funeral Home, Bells on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 6-8pm. Funeral service will be on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11 AM at First Baptist Church of Savoy with Reverend Jeremiah Orr and Reverend Chris Merritt officiating. Burial will be at Little Jordan Cemetery in Savoy. Pallbearers will be Mark Butler, Paul Howland, Donnie Bean, Sam Harkreader, Tyler Halter, Josh Maynor, and Trevor Bean.