Rev. Ray Elbert Banks, age 73, of Jefferson died Saturday, September 8, 2012.
Rev. Banks was born in Jackson County, a son to the late Homer and Sallie Banks. He served in the US Army during Vietnam and worked at the Jefferson Cotton Mill. He was retired from Builders Transport of 18 years. He was the owner and operator of Banks Tree Service. He was the founder and pastor of the Gospel Tabernacle in Jefferson, and was the former Pastor of Arcade Community Church. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Christine Littleton Banks, brothers, Darrell Banks and Lathan Banks and sisters, Frances Smith and Kathy Ann Banks and stepdaughter, Betty Sue Dunahoo.
Survivors include: his daughters, Elaine Nabors of Braselton, Tracy Banks of Jefferson; son, Justin Banks of Jefferson; step-sons, Ronnie Montgomery and Jerry Montgomery both of Winder; sisters, Nancy McNeal and Shirley Wilson, both of Hoschton; sister in law, Clara Banks of Jefferson; grandchildren, Dana Burho of Phoenix, AZ, Delaina Haughland of Lawrenceville, Mary Kristen Brown of Myrtle Beach, SC, Corbin Banks and Daniel Banks of Panama City Beach, FL, Jakob Banks, Jazmin Banks, both of Hoschton; step-grandson, Mark Dunahoo of Winder; great grandchild, Brooklynn Morgan of Lawrenceville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. at the graveside in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Palmer Pace, Rev. Wayne Moore and Pastor John Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside after the service.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.