Earnestine Bankston


Earnestine E. Bankston, also known as “Earnie”, was born on August 7, 1962, in Columbus, Ohio, to Sylvia E. Bankston and Laverne R. Bankston.

Earnie was an East High School graduate, Class of 1980, where she was a Tigerette. Earnie was an amazing woman to so many people. A mother, grandmother, affectionately known as GG, sister, fiancé, aunt, and friend. Earnie was a classy woman. She loved to dress up and match from head to toe. She was sharp.

Earnie was smart, a hard worker, resilient and passionate. She was selfless. Earnie paid it forward. She was always willing to help others. She was a caregiver for many years. Earnie had a happy soul. She loved spending time with her darling daughter and precious granddaughter, having “girls” day. She was so proud of them both. Earnie enjoyed cooking, shopping, entertaining family and friends, dancing, and decorating for the holidays. She also enjoyed taking pictures to capture the memories. Earnie loved to travel with her fiancé, attend live shows, fine dining, and live life to the fullest. She was loved by so many. She was beautiful inside and out. Above all things, Earnie was a God-fearing woman. She will be immensely missed but never forgotten.

Earnie is preceded in death by, her parents, Sylvia E. Bankston and Laverne R. Bankston; four sisters; and one brother.

Earnie leaves to cherish her memories, her darling daughter, Porchia Bankston; precious granddaughter, Alanna VanBuren; caring fiancé, Dextray Barnett; loving family, sister, Ruby Bankston_Steele; brother, Alfonso (Karen) Bankston; great nieces; great nephews; other relatives and friends.

Public Visitation 12-1:00pm Saturday, October 17, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

Condolence Messages

  1. Penelope Conner

    May God grant the family comfort and peace during this trying time. RIP Earnie.

  2. May Our Lord and Savior grant you peace during this time of trial. May He continue to be your source of strength in this difficult time.

  3. There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. Please know that our deepest sympathy and love are with you all. May you draw comfort as he help you to cope with the with the heavy weight of your loss. Truly sorry for your loss.

  4. We the Brown and Sealey family would like to send our sincere condolences to the entire Bankton family and may God comfort you in this need and time. RIP Ernie❤️

  5. To The Bankston Family, My Deepest Condolences & Sympathy Durning This Difficult Time. Ernie You Will Be Truly Missed But Never Forgotten Sis ! May God Comfort You Porchia & Ali & Give You The Strength You Need To Go On. Love Lori Allen & Family

  6. The Cody Family

    Our Thoughts, Heart & Prayers go out to our extended family, The Bankston’s.

  7. The Valentine's

    Rest well Ernie…

  8. “Earnie” is the baby of the fabulous Bankston girls of Poindexter. We all know each and every one of them! “Ali” and “Boonie” too! We watched these guys protect beautiful sisters; a challenge for most dudes! They are our family, and it shows here! Love to the Bankstons!

  9. kimberly holliman ( Parker$

    My condolences and prayers to the Bankston Family!
    I am praying for Gods peace and comfort to surrounded you all at the difficult time!

  10. Earnie, always glowing, I see your smile, your so kind and loving. There is one thing I know, prayers and grace has always followed you. Thank You God for letting me be introduced to such a beautiful friend. You will so dearly be missed.

  11. The Terry Family

    Ruby, Ali and Porchia.
    It is with sadness that we’ve learned about Earnie.
    Our prayer is that the peace of God comforts you all now and in the days ahead.

  12. This is certainly a tough one for our family. Aunt Earnie I will miss you so much! You sure do know how to light up a room with your warm and vibrant presence. I will always remember watching you get ready to go out and have fun. You sure did know how to put an outfit together! It was always a fashion show. Hug and kiss my mommy up there and tell her all about her grandbabies Malik and Mariah 🙂 – Lil Mo

  13. Sending my condolences to the family and to my brother dexray

  14. Honored to be one of the people she could call friend. We used to hang out and have so much fun. Ernie was full of love and laughterGone too soonRest in heaven. Praying for the family. May God’s comfort sustain you all.

  15. Michelle Crawley Williams

    Rest In Peace Earnie, you will forever hold a footprint on my heart my childhood friend.

  16. May you be comforted from the fond memories and the proud and joyful moments shared with Earnie.

    My condolences
    Sue Bradford
    East HS Class of ‘80

  17. Love you Earnie, sure gonna miss you. I can always remember the good times. You were such a light! Give My “Sam” a big hug and kiss for me. Forever till I see you. The Other Sylvia

  18. My deepest and sincere condolences to the entire family on the loss of Earnie. She was a beam of light to everyone that was ever around her. I am so sorry that I am so far away and can’t be there to give all of you a hug.


    A multitude of books have been written. Tons of tapes & videos are recorded. The mystery we call life continues until the appointed time. We all must continue to write our personal script which is revealed through our activities. The end of the matter is this; Fear (Respect) God and keep His Holy commandments. This is the entire duty for all of us. I know Ernie is at peace with her family. This decade of destiny will be Going Up Yonder to be with our Father.

  20. Michael Gilbert

    My deepest and sincere condolences to the family. Earnie will be greatly missed. RIH dear friend.

  21. Praying that God will grant the family peace and comfort.

  22. I’m so sorry family love y’all and praying for our family my deepest condolences

  23. Christine Barnett

    So sorry she had to go so soon she will be truly missed her and her smile .she was a nice and beautiful person R.I.P

  24. Ramona (Mona) Shaw

    My sincere condolences to the Bankston Family. Sending prayers of comfort, RIP Earnie.

  25. Sending my prayers and condolences to the family of Earnie Bankston. Lean on God as he will provide peace, love and comfort to help The Bankston Family during this difficult time. Earnie, you will truly be missed!

    Kimberly Howie

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