Eunice Minnear Banks, 83, went home to meet the Lord on Saturday, October 4, 2014, surrounded by loved ones at her daughters home. Mrs. Banks was born on July 23, 1931, in DeKalb County to Lonnie and Beulah Pedigo Minnear. She married the love of her life Woodrow Banks on August 8, 1948 and for the next 55 years they walked through this world together. Woodrow told her when she was 8 years old, and he was 16, that he was going to marry her one day and two weeks after she turned 17 he came home from Detroit where he had been working, and they went to Georgia and got married. He was a foreman at Chrysler Corporation, but she would not go back to Michigan with him so he became a farmer and she worked at the local shirt factory except for a period of time when they owned the City Café on the Smithville Square.
In 1971 she quit work at the factory when her first grandchild was born and after the grandchildren were all in school, she worked at Hartman Luggage for ten years and then retired to take care of her great grandchildren, who were the center of her world. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and tending her many flower beds, but most of all she enjoyed going to church and working for the Lord. She was a prayer warrior, kindhearted and well loved and respected by friends and family. She was a member of New Life Untited Pentecostal Church and one of the original founders of Laurel Hill United Pentecostal Church in 1970. Where she taught Sunday School for many years.
In addition to her parents and husband, Eunice was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Banks Young Puckett; two sisters, Reba Shehane and Helen Leftrick; and two brothers, Lewis Minnear and Eurbye Minnear. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Wayne Hill. 5 Grandchildren-Dava (Russell) Pedigo, Terra (Tad) Turner, Tiffany Hendrixson, Misty Shehane all of Smithville, Josh (Stephanie) Young of McMinnville, 13 Great Grandchildren-Drew and Alex Pedigo, Maggie and MacKenley Turner, Brayden and Lauren Shehane all of Smithville, Allen Faux of Murfreesboro, Emma and Deering Hendrixson of Burns, TN, Blaine Blankenship, Preston and Gracie Young, Kolby Simons of McMinnville, 1 Brother-Donald (Peggy) Minnear of Smithville, 1 Sister-Marilyn Caldwell of Smithville, several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and her church family.
A Going Home Service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the New Life United Pentecostal Church, 860 South Congress Boulevard. Visitation with the Banks family will be on Monday from 10am until 8pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, and on Tuesday from 10am until the time of the service at 2pm at the New Life United Pentecostal Church. Brothers Dwayne Cornelius and Clayton Neal will officiate with burial following at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life United Pentecostal Church in honor of Mrs. Banks.
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10
Favour is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30