FRANKFORT, Ky. - Fontaine Banks Jr., 84, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, in Lexington.
A native of Pike County, Ky., he was born May 20, 1929, to Fontaine Banks Sr. and Annis Crager Banks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and a nephew.
Mr. Banks was a graduate of Belfry High School, Berea College and did graduate studies at University of Kentucky, University of Alabama, University of Tennessee and Cornell University. He was a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corp Reserves and served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. During his 55 plus year professional career, his focus was in both public and private sector of Health Care Administration and Human Services. Mr. Banks was well known for his passion and drive in Kentucky politics always striving for the betterment of his fellow Kentuckians.
Mr. Banks is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara A. Williamson Banks; two sons, Fontaine Banks III and wife, Anne and Robert P. Banks and wife, Stacey; granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Banks; grandsons, Patrick Fontaine Banks, Daniel Robert Banks and Chase Forester. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James R. and Patty Williamson and nephew, Justin Williamson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Mon., Nov. 25, at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church with Rev. Todd Lester officiating. A private committal service will be observed.
Visitation will be at the church Monday from 1 p.m. until the service at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate expressions of sympathy in his memory to Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church Building Fund, 495 Duckers Road, Midway, KY 40347.
Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at www.harrodbrothersfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home of Frankfort, Ky.