WILLIAM IRVIN EUBANKS
NOVEMBER 6, 1933 – JUNE 10 2011
William Irvin Eubanks was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on November 6, 1933. The fourth child of Andrea Jesse Eubanks and Ina Gilbraith Eubanks. He graduated from Byrd High School where he played football and Centenary College in Shreveport. He worked in hotels (becoming a night auditor) while at Centenary and while attending Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas Texas. He served 40 years in full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church until his retirement in June 2000 from the Louisiana Annual Conference.
He served Mangum Memorial in Shreveport and Istrouma UMC in Baton Rouge with Rev. Ira Flowers; then served Live Oak, Watson; Wall Memorial, Clear Creek, Clinton; Eunice, Ville Platte; St. Andrews, New Orleans East; First UMC Ponchatoula, Lee’s Landing; St. Matthew’s, Metairie; and First UMC Hammond. In retirement he served the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Hammond, Louisiana until his death where they fell in love with his authentic friendship, special leadership and genuine love of people.
Bill loved the Church but especially the people he came in contact with in his churches, community and schools. He met Jane and her two boys (1 year and 5 years old) from Amite after being introduced by his best friend, Rev. William Blakely, while serving First UMC Amite. They were married on June 1, 1968 and moved to Clinton as their first appointment together. He soon adopted the two boys and they had two daughters. He became a father of four within 13 months.
He was a past Chairman of the Board for Camp Istrouma Board of Managers, and served on the Council of Finance & Administration of the LA Annual Conference. While in Hammond he was past President of Our Daily Bread (which he helped organize), served on the Youth Service Bureau, Kiwanis International, and helped start Kid’s Hope at FUMC Hammond. He worked with the retired Methodist ministers, helping with their newsletter and planning their retreat each fall. He and Jane were a host family for the Top 28 Girls Basketball Team State Tournament for five years.
Memories of Dad…
Brother Bill, Preacher Man, Father, Husband, Friend, Paw Paw. Oh the many hats he wore. He was a great man. He was a friendly, enjoyable person. He loved to tell jokes, and would tell anyone he met a story, no matter how many times he had told it before. He loved the Lord and he loved his family. He always looked for the good in people. e had a heart of gold and would go the extra mile for you. He was the real deal. He was very special to me. He was a wonderful role model for how to live my life. Growing up he was strict, yet loving at the same time. I always knew where I stood with dad. He was my biggest fan when I played sports. He always knew what to say in every situation. He was best at knowing when to stop talking and just listen. He loved to have a good time. He enjoyed playing games, fishing, traveling and watching sports (especially LSU, the Saints and the Cubs). He also loved to eat. He understood the importance of gathering around the table for a good meal and fellowship. It drew us together as a family. He was special to his grandchildren and loved to be called Paw Paw, and enjoyed watching all of their many activities and was biased about how good they were in their respective activities. He loved to brag about them. Carol
He passed away Friday June 10, 2011 at the age of 77 years and had just celebrated his 43rd wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mary Frances Holt, and 3 brothers, Jesse Jr., Fred, and Jimmy Eubanks; and a loving daughter Sarah Jane Eubanks LeBlanc.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Newton Eubanks; sons James David Eubanks and wife Leah of Shreveport; Charles Newton Eubanks and wife Lori of Stonewall; a daughter, Mary Carol Bradbourne and her husband, Philip of Lithia, Florida and a son-in-law Bruce LeBlanc of La Place; one sister Nancy Hanes of Waynoka, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Courtney Eubanks and Katy Jane Bradbourne, six grandsons, William Paul Trahan, William Charles Eubanks, Charles Newton Eubanks Jr. (Chip), Austin James Eubanks, Philip George and Michael Christopher Bradbourne and one great-granddaughter, Kamorah Nicole.
William stayed active until his heart gave out. He truly served others through Jesus Christ. He was a man of integrity, honesty, caring, compassionate, humble, and a great friend. He deeply loved his family (he and Jane became inseparable). We will miss you for the rest of our lives, but know you are in a better place.
Jane N. Eubanks and Family