John Edward "Hambone" Wilbanks, Sr., of
Sharpsburg, Ga. passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2014.
He is preceded in death by his first wife of 47
years, Phyllis Kay; his parents, Daisy and John Wilbanks of Dayton; and his
brother, Joseph Wilbanks of Lafayette, Ga.
In 2009 John was elected president of The
International Shrine Clown Association and was inducted into The Shrine Clown
Hall of Fame in 2013.
John leaves behind a wife, Joan Wilbanks of
Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Robin Wilbanks of Atlanta; sons, John (Jamie)
Wilbanks of Sharpsburg, Ga., Timothy Wilbanks (Leo Martinez) of East Point, Ga.
and Rodney Wilbanks of Atlanta; granddaughters, Ashley (Joshua) Hjemvick of
Turin, Ga. and Kathleen Wilbanks of Douglasville, Ga. and one great-grandson,
Holden Hjemvick of Turin, Ga.
Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26,
2014 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment will follow at
Westminster Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Carmichael-Hemperley
Funeral Home in Peachtree City, Georgia on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6
to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that donations be made to the Shriner's Hospitals c/o
Yaarab Shrine, 400 Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA 30308.