Mary Augusta Powell Bankston was born in Ashland, Alabama on June 1, 1931. After a long and vibrant life, she passed away on May 16 at EAMC. She came to be a lady of the lake after growing up and living on Lake Martin for 70 years.

She was predeceased by her husband John D. “Jay” Bankston and son Thomas Lee Bankston.

She is survived by her son Jeff Bankston (Brenda); grandchildren, Dawn Herrington (Jeff), Joel Bankston, great-grandchildren, Megan, Madison, brothers, Wallace Powell and Billy Powell.

Mrs. Bankston loved Lake Martin, moving back home from Florida in 1972.

Mary loved playing Bridge with her friends.  But her obsession remained with gardening, bird watching, boating, Lake Martin lifestyle and family. After years of service, she retired from Pepperell Mills in Opelika.

A graveside service was held at on May 21, at New Rosemere Cemetery in Opelika.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to:
Lake Martin Baptist Church
9823 Co Rd 34
Dadeville, Alabama 36853.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.