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Jewel Ann Bankston Laird, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend passed away peacefully with her family by her side on July 22, 2014 at the age of 70 years. She was born on November 19, 1943 in Holden, LA. She is survived by her husband of 52 years William; sons David Laird and Harold Laird; daughter Vanessa Laird Nevels and husband Robert; grandchildren Gwendlyn Dianne Laird Allen and husband Bobby, Christopher Laird, Justin Laird, Kayla laird, Lacey Laird Perry and husband Brandon, Colby Duhon, Anthony Nevels, Jacob Parker, Tiffany Nevels, Erin Laird and Matilynn Laird; brothers David Bankston Jr and Harvey Bankston; sisters Hilda Gill, Martha Bonnett, Beverly Keen and Darnell Richards; also survived by 8 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents David Arthur and Carrie Borne Bankston; sisters Mary Hollis and Betty Sullivan. Visitation will be held on Friday 5 pm until 9 pm and will resume on Saturday 9 am until time of service at 11 am at Grays Creek Baptist Church, Denham Springs; officiating Reverends Carl Sullivan and Clinton Mitchell. Interment will follow at Felders Cemetery under the direction of Church Funeral Services of Livingston Parish. A special thank you to Dr. Siva Yadlapati and staff; and the staff of Saint Michael Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gray's Creek Baptist Church, 21039 La. Hwy 16, Denham Springs, LA 70726. To sign online guest book visit www. churchfuneralservices.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 23 to July 25, 2014