2021ObituariesSimmitt Bankston, Jr.

August 15, 2021by SealeUser19
Banston, Simmitt

March 22, 1962 – August 14, 2021

Simmitt (Sim) Sylvester Bankston Jr. was 59 years old and a resident of Watson, La. He was called home to meet our Lord and Savior on August 14, 2021.  He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, friend, and paw paw.  Simmitt was larger than life and had a generous heart. He never looked for praises, he went on quietly working for those he loved the most. He was employed at Remedial Construction Services (RECON) and a graduate of Belaire High class of 1980.  He was a member of the Denham Springs Lodge #297, The Scottish Rite Valley of Baton Rouge, and Baton Rouge Acacia Shriners.  Visitation will be held at Cornerstone Reform Church, 28280 S. Satsuma Rd., Livingston, La. 70754 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 from 10am until funeral services at 12 pm, officiated by the Rev. Clinton Mitchell.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park, 1710 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs, LA. 70726 with a Masonic graveside service.  In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to Cornerstone Reform Church Building Fund.  Donations can be mailed to the church address above.  Simmitt is survived by his loving wife Kathy Shanks Bankston of 30 years; daughter La’Riene (Rodgest) Orillion and one grandson Wyatt Lane Orillion; parents Simmitt (Lynn) Bankston Sr. and Edna Gordon Evans; sister Donna Bankston Priest of Charleston, SC; brothers Tim (Katrina) Bankston; Chris (Dusty) Bankston; Tom (Sheila) Jones and many nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his brother Brandon Bankston of Arkansas.  Sim loved hunting, NASCAR, traveling for work (never meeting a stranger no matter where he traveled).  Most of all he loved spending time with his only grandchild Wyatt and letting everyone know that Wyatt loved his paw paw.  They shared their own special bond and head scratch (scratch your head like paw paw).  The family is grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of love, prayer, comfort, and support in many heart felt forms from too many people to name individually.  Please take time to sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com.




  • Rob Delsman

    October 11, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Simmitt, I’m going to miss you man. I won’t forget the trip to Lake Charles teal hunting with you and friends. My prayers go out to the Bankston family, I’m so sorry for your loss


  • Karen Barrow

    August 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Kathy, my heart cries for you with the loss of Simmitt. I graduated with him in 1980 from Belaire High School. I didn’t know him well but I do remember that he always looked happy with a kind and gentle disposition. You and your family have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    JESUS’ comfort upon you all.💜


  • Raymond Kobetz

    August 19, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Heartfelt condolences! Did not personally know Sim but knew he was loved by knowing his father and hearing about him! Prayers for the family and a special one for Wyatt.


  • Eddie Bennett

    August 19, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    My most heartfelt condolences


  • Lora Koger

    August 18, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Thoughts and prayers for the family.


  • DEBBIE White

    August 18, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Simmitt my brother in law, how I am going to miss you dearly. You were one of a kind and a wonderful man to my sister Kathy and my beautiful niece LaRiene. You will be in our thoughts always. Rest In Peace


  • Billy & Sandy Williams

    August 18, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I met Simmet on a job in Fulton Arkansas. I knew the moment we met that I wanted him as a friend. One of the friendliest men have ever met. Got to meet Kathy several years later, what a wonderful lade. RIP. buddy see you when we meet in heaven.


  • Steve Wall

    August 17, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for you and your family. Simmitt was a great friend.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.


  • Bo and Deborah Shelton

    August 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Please accept our heart felt condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.


  • Frances Bernadas

    August 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    My heart is saddened for the loss of Simmitt. He worked with us at Lincoln Builders and we all knew him as a dedicated worker and family man, He spoke highly of his wife Kathy whom he adored. And also his grandson.
    He will be missed by all of us. Our prayers are going out to each and everyone.


  • Gregg Melito & Family

    August 17, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Simmitt was an extremely likable man. He and I worked together and he will be missed. Simmitt knew everyone no matter where he went. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


  • Brandi Sims

    August 17, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Kathy and LaReine, I am so so sorry for your loss! I will be praying for you thru this difficult time!!


  • AJ & Elise Smith

    August 17, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Continuing to cover you all in prayer. Simmit was one who influence all those around him. He helped everyone become better at what they did. He was truly be missed. We are so thankful he was a part of our lives.


  • David and Dana Territo

    August 17, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Simmit and family,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
    With sympathy and prayers,
    David and Dana Territo


  • Ernie and Tullaha Maxey

    August 17, 2021 at 1:32 am

    We will continue to pray for you and your family


  • Jerry bolinger

    August 17, 2021 at 1:21 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.


  • Dick La Fleur

    August 17, 2021 at 1:04 am

    It is difficult to loose one son , two is unimaginable !
    Please accept my condolences , Simmit , Tim , Lynn and all Sim’s dearest Wife , children and his prized grands.


  • Tom Aswell

    August 16, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    My heart is broken. I first met Simmitt when we lived at Shay Rentals across the street from his family when we moved to Baton Rouge in 1981. If anyone can truly be called First-Class, it’s Simmitt. Edna, Timmy and Donna, your loss is profound but you can take comfort in knowing that Simmitt was a positive force who touched a lot of lives – as he did mine.

    Your former neighbor,


  • Claire R. Tate

    August 16, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Continued prayers for you and La’Riene. Keep Simmet alive in your heart and speak of him often. That way Wyatt will always know who he is


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