Obituary of Minnie Muriel Banks
On June 30th 1919, God bestowed a beautiful gift unto this world with the birth of Minnie Muriel Evans to the late Daniel Evans and Ellen Thompson- Evans in Enterprise, Alabama. Minnie accepted Christ over 89 years ago at the age of 12 when she was baptized at Beulah Baptist Church in Enterprise, Alabama. As the last survivor of 11 siblings (8 sisters and 2 brothers preceded her in passing), Minnie made her very peaceful transition to be with the Lord and the others that had gone before her on Thursday October 1, 2020 in Painesville, Ohio. Minnie moved to Jacksonville, Florida at a young age and married Tommy Banks, Sr. She was the mother of four loving and dedicated sons: James (Louise) of Painesville, Ohio; Tommy Jr., deceased (Mattie) of Jacksonville, Florida; Billy, deceased (Dorothy) of Jonesboro, Georgia and Herschell Sr., deceased (Bettye) of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1950, Minnie became a faithful servant of the Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. At Mt. Vernon, she was a member of District 8, served on the Adult Usher Board, The Voices of Mt. Vernon, the Education Ministry and the Missionary Society. Minnie was also active in several organizations. She was president of the Birds of Paradise Social/Charity Club for 25 years, a member of Eastern Star Chapter 143, The Heroines of Jericho Chapter 144 and the Ladies of Leisure Retirement Group. Minnie retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield with honor after 25 years of service. This precious angel sent from God leaves to cherish her memory her loving son, James Smith; daughters in law/caretakers, Louise Smith and Dorothy Banks; daughters in law, Mattie Dunbar and Bettye Banks; her dedicated caretaker grandchildren, Cathy Smith-Hussain, Elisa Smith-Sanchez (Paul) and Jeffery Smith of Painesville, Ohio; grandchildren, Lisa Banks-Lyles (Troy), Rhonda Banks-Ashley (Marcus) and Raheem Anderson (Shannon) of California, Herschell Banks, LaVonda Richardson, Darlene Gamble of Washington, D.C., Regina Bodison (Ralph) and Anthony Burch of Jacksonville, Florida and adopted granddaughter/caretaker, Yvonne Pat Johnson of Painesville, Ohio. Minnie also leaves to cherish her memory her great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, great great great grandchildren and her octogenarian niece Laura Walker of Painesville, Ohio as well as her loving and devoted nieces Beverly Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida and Ann Richardson of Atlanta, Georgia; Godson John Hibbert of Canada; faithful and dear friends of 50 years, Mrs. Bertha Richardson and Mrs. Christine Dawson and a host of loving nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews, great great nieces/nephews and great great great nieces/nephews. Minnie also leaves many loving friends whom she remained in contact with her entire life and her beloved Greater Mt. Vernon Church family. One of the highlights of her life was the celebration of her 100th birthday in 2019 when family and friends came together from all over the United States and Canada to celebrate with her. Minnie spent her final days at Concord Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Concord, Ohio. Although the facility was not permitting visitors due to Covid-19, she was thrilled when they allowed unlimited daily visiting with her family for over a month. Mama, Grandma, Grandma Minnie, Aunt Minnie, Miss Minnie and Sister Banks was always a giving Christian woman who loved to travel and to whom no one was a stranger. She was known for her cooking, taking care of the sick and genuine hospitality as well as reading Christian devotions on a daily basis. She would help anyone in any way that she could. Her home was a refuge and restaurant to many. To know her was to truly love her. Services will be held in Painesville, Ohio on Wednesday October 7th at New Hope Baptist Church, 428 West Jackson Street. Viewing from 4 pm – 5 pm with a service to follow at 5 pm. Services will be held in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday October 10th at Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Home, 4334 Brentwood Blvd. in Jacksonville, Florida. Viewing from 9 am – 10 am with a service to follow at 10 am. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care at 8224 Mentor Avenue in Mentor, Ohio. Social distancing protocols/use of masks will be followed at both locations.