Obituaries

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Bet­tye J. Banks

Evan­ge­list Bet­tye J. Banks died Aug. 27 at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The daugh­ter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel (Maude Reed) El­liott, she was born in 1948 in New­ton County. Mrs. Banks at­tended Wash­ing­ton Street El­e­men­tary School and R.L. Cousins High School. She en­joyed work­ing in the cloth­ing in­dus­try at CATO Fash­ions and Lee’s Fash­ions. She joined Bethel Bara Bap­tist Church at an early age. Af­ter mov­ing her mem­ber­ship to Spring­field Bap­tist Church, Mrs. Banks be­came the founder of the Church Food Min­istry. She later joined Flat Rock Bap­tist Church and re­ceived her min­is­te­rial li­cense in 1997 un­der Pas­tor An­nette Nash. Mrs. Banks en­joyed shop­ping, dec­o­rat­ing, cook­ing and, most of all, min­is­ter­ing and be­ing with her two grand­chil­dren. Lov­ing and jovial, she will be re­mem­bered for her lengthy con­ver­sa­tions, fash­ion­able trends and praise for the Lord.

Sur­viv­ing are hus­band Ed­ward F. Banks; daugh­ters Terl­isha (Reg­gie) Jef­feries, Tame­cia Banks, all of Cov­ing­ton; adopted daugh­ter Dei­dre (Charles) Kirk­land of Ox­ford; grand­chil­dren Marl­isha and Aaron Jef­feries; god­daugh­ter Chelsea Elling­ton; sis­ters Shirley (Johnie B.) Vaughn of Cov­ing­ton, Mary (Char­lie) Avery of Bar­nesville, Judy (Otis) Hunter of Cov­ing­ton; brother Nathaniel (Susie Ann) El­liott of Ox­ford; adopted brother Terry Wil­liams of Ox­ford; brothers-in-law Cleo (Ade­laide) Banks, Felix (Louise) Banks; sis­ters-in-law Vera (Ravis) Free­man, Min­nie Weaver, Lil­lie Pearl Banks, Martha Banks; aunt Atta Ruth Webb; de­voted un­cle Ru­fus Bigby; de­voted friends Eleanor Shaw, Kather­ine Smith; a host of nieces, neph­ews, other lov­ing rel­a­tives and friends.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 1 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 1, at Spring­field Bap­tist Church, Cony­ers, with Pas­tor Eric W. Lee Sr. of­fi­ci­at­ing. As­sist­ing will be the Rev. An­nette Nash and the Rev. H.K. Ben­ton. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Lawn­wood Me­mo­rial park.

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