On June 2, 2019, my dad, Ted Wilbanks, was completely healed and moved to his permanent home in heaven.
My dad was born on May 10, 1940, in Oklahoma to the late William Edwin and Opal Lacefield Wilbanks. He was an ordained minister and pastor of music ministry.
Survivors include my mom, his wife of 55 years, Kaye Thomas Wilbanks; children, Martha and Matt Fry of Garner, Gina and Ken Witcher of Baltimore, Maryland, Amie and Rod Gray of Cypress, Texas, Thomas and Niki Wilbanks of Raleigh; thirteen grandchildren, Gloria Fry, Caroline Fry, Caleb Fry and fiance', Emily, Levi Witcher, Austin Witcher, Phelicia Whitcher, Caelan Whitcher, Chase Whitcher, Jacob Sloan, Will Wilbanks, Finley Wilbanks, Owen Gray and Olivia Gray; brother, Bobby Wilbanks of California; several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family from all over came to celebrate his life. And one theme that was spoken throughout the whole funeral was, "He loved his family." His biological family as well as friends who became like family.
Everyone was always welcome at my mom and dad's house. He loved family.
If you didn't get to be at the funeral you can watch it here.
It was a beautiful service. Friends, grandkids, and 3 of us kids shared. Matt Fry, his son-in-law brought a great message of hope.
One thing that was very special was a couple of years ago he sang at a college he used to teach at in Oklahoma. They recorded it and we were able to play it at the funeral.
My dad loved music. He played the piano and loved to sing. It was very moving to see him sing a song about hope at his funeral.
Dad left a great legacy. He wanted family and friends to know Jesus. All his kids, spouses, and grandkids are believers in Jesus. Many are in the ministry.
So we will carry on his love for God and for music.
When you leave this world, what have you imparted to your family, that will carry on?