|ELDER BOYD ELLIS BANKS & THELMA BANKS
Elder Boyd Ellis Banks, the oldest child of the late Grant and Ramsey E. (Stallard) Banks, was born March
21, 1912 at UZ, Kentucky. He entered eternal life on September 18, 2003, 76 days after the burial of his
beloved wife of 73 years, Thelma Lavine Day Banks. He was a resident of 1274 Cherokee Road in Louisville,
Kentucky at the time of his death.
Two daughters; Eleanor Doris Parrot and Rosa Sue King, one son; Thomas Ellis Banks, five grandchildren,
four great-grandchildren, one sister; Pauline Back, and one brother; Salyer Banks, survive him. He was
preceded in death by his wife and his grandson, Mark Alan Banks.
He was baptized into the membership of the Big Cowan Old Regular Baptist Church in 1948. Soon
thereafter, he became the clerk of the church. He was ordained to preach in 1961. In the 145 year history of the
church, he held the position of Moderator for about 22 years, second only in tenure to Uncle Dave Maggard. He
worked hard to provide for his family and served the people of Kentucky as an inspector for the Department of
Mines and Minerals. He also served the people of Letcher County by serving as Chairman of the Selective
Service Board for about 18 years. The life of this venerable Elder was truly a light in the mountains.
After relocating to Louisville, Kentucky in December, 1983, he continued to serve the Lord as Moderator of
both the Antioch and Little Zion Churches. After more than fifty years of service to the Lord, failing health
permitted him to attend the church he loved so much only once a month. At the time of his death, he was a
member of the Chester Hogg Memorial Church.
He loved to talk about two things, the Bible and fishing, in that order. Fundamentally conservative, he was a
self-reliant, astute man, who cared for his family unselfishly. His sage advice was often directed towards his
desire for children to be successful in life. His favorite expression was “Be a benefactor, not a burden, to
society.” He especially liked the songs, “How Many Times?” and “Gone Away With a Friend.” And, he was a
loving husband who mourned the loss of his beloved wife, his life’s companion, to the day of his death
Thelma Lavine Day Banks, the oldest child of the late Anthony C. and Susanna (Brown) Day, was born April
29, 1914 at Ice, Kentucky. She entered eternal life on July 1, 2003 while holding the hand of her beloved
husband o 73 years, Elder Boyd Ellis Banks. She was a resident of Northfield Manor Medical Facility in
Louisville, Kentucky at the time of her death.
Her husband, two daughters; Eleanor Doris Parrot and Rosa Sue King, one son; Thomas Ellis Banks, five
grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister; Pauline Back, and one brother; Salyer Banks, survive her.
Her grandson, Mark Alan Banks, preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Chester Hogg Memorial Church at the time of her death. She especially enjoyed
going to church and visiting with her family and friends. A true example of a Biblical helpmate, she was a woman
of strength and dignity. She was a loving wife, a caring mother and a proud grandmother and great
grandmother. Her advice was wise, her mannerisms guided by kindness.
Compassionate and caring, she always worried about her family when they were away from home. She
prayed they would return safely, And, when they returned, relieved, she would say, “I am glad you are home
safe.” Never materialistic, her favorite expression was “Be ye content and well doing.” Her favorite traditional
gospel song was “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” Her Favorite church songs were “On the Other Side of
Jordan” and “No Measure of Time.”