Willa "Porkey" Cherry Banks (Smith) was born March 6, 1943 in Gary, IN to the late Willie and Jean Smith. She transitioned to be with the Lord on September 18th, 2018. Porkey graduated from Gary Roosevelt High School, class of 1961. She was baptized at an early age and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Gary, IN. Porkey had a career in nursing for over 25 years before she retired. Porkey leaves to cherish her memories, her two daughters L'Tanya (Glen) Ross and Gina (John) Geter, her sister, Rose Mary Collins, four grandchildren, Whitney Geter, Deric (Britney) Geter, Devon Geter and Cydnee Allen. Niece, Y'vette Sloan, nephew, Harvey (Carla) Collins, great niece, Coree Williams, great friend Eunice T. Griffin, two step sons Terrance (Nicole) Banks and Darnell Banks, nine step grandchildren, one step great grandchild and a host of loving and loyal cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation Sunday September 23, 2018 from 12-8:00p.m. Family Hours 6-8:00p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel. Funeral Service Monday September 24, 2018 11a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church 2235 W. 10th Avenue.
Published in Post-Tribune on Sep. 22, 2018.