Helen Jean (Harryman) Banks, 82, of Low Gap, left to be with her Lord on Monday, September 1, 2014 at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC. Jean was born on September 27, 1931, to the late Mazie Morris Thacker and Edgar Harryman. She attended and graduated from Hillsville High School and worked and lived in Carroll County for most of her life. She was employed by the Carroll County School Board until her retirement. She and her husband, Early, then moved to Low Gap, NC. She attended Round Knob Baptist Church in Fancy Gap where she and Early taught Sunday School and headed the Youth Group for many years. Jean also was a volunteer for Blood Drives and Twin County Hospital in Galax. Due to illness, she moved to Heritage Health Care in Elkin, NC. Her husband Early joined her there later and still resides there.
Jean was a loving and kind woman with a generous heart and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was predeceased by her mother, Mazie Morris Thacker; her father, Edgar Harryman; and sisters, Ethelene Harryman Warf and Margaret Harryman. She leaves memories to be cherished by her beloved husband of 65 years, Early Banks, Elkin, NC; loving daughter, Karen Banks Hodges and husband, Danny of Low Gap, NC; grandson, Will Hodges; granddaughter, Amanda Bare and husband, Jason; two great grandchildren, Bryeelyn ad Jaylon Bare; sister, Leeila Jessup and husband, Leon of Meadows of Dan; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Brother Roger Pickett and Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Burial will follow in the Heath Banks Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heath Banks Cemetery 252 Turner School Road, Fancy Gap, VA 24328. A guestbook is available online by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. Banks.