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Jfferson James Willbanks

October 31, 1938 ~ November 2, 2017 (age 79)

Jefferson James “Jeff” Willbanks, was born on October 31, 1938, to John and Velma Willbanks in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. He passed away on November 2, 2017 in Porterville, California at the age of 79.

Jeff moved with his family at the age of 5 years old to Tulare County and remained there until his death. He was a kind and generous man with a smile that could light up the room. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.

He worked in several different jobs during his lifetime including jobs in agriculture where he worked alongside his father and brothers. His final job was at the State Hospital in Porterville where he worked in the Laundry Department and drove truck for the facility. He served as a cook in the National Guard from June 1957 to October 1963 when he was honorably discharged.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, John and Velma Willbanks of Porterville, his brothers Creighton of Turlock, Darrell of Kingsburg and Larry of Porterville. He was also preceded in death by his sons Vance and Kenneth of Porterville and his spouses Peggy and Janny of Porterville


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