Virgil E. Bankson, Jr.



Virgil E. Bankson, Jr., 77, passed away on November 6, 2022. He was born May 28, 1945 in Villa Ridge, Illinois and at the age of 12 moved to Pendleton where he lived most of his life.

Virgil graduated from Pendleton High School and went on to run cross country on Indiana University’s varsity team. His studies were interrupted by the Vietnam War, where he served his country in the Army. Virgil continued his studies at IU upon his return. He worked in the food industry for his much of his career, including at his own restaurant just outside Pendleton and later as Food Service Director at the Indiana Correctional Facility for 24 years. He loved to play golf, cheer on IU basketball and was famous for continuing his mom’s tradition of making homemade noodles for holidays and family occasions.

Virgil is survived by his wife of 21 years Cindy Bankson, daughter Devon Davies (husband Jeremy), step-sons Bill Gibson (wife Bobbi) and James Gibson, and grandchildren Tate Davies, Will Gibson, Lydia Gibson, James Gibson, Cole Gibson, Elexus Gibson and Gunner Gibson. He will also be missed by his brother Bo Bankson (wife Sharon) and sister-in-law Nancy Bankson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Mary (Scruggs) Bankson, brother Cecil Bankson, sister Sue Cassidy, brother-in-law Steve Cassidy and nephew Drew Cassidy.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at

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