James Edward Banks was born November 18, 1937, to Rufus and Rosie Lee Banks, the fifth of ten children born to this union.
He received his education in Kansas City, Kansas Schools, Stowe Elementary, Northeast Junior, and Sumner High School. He Joined the United States Army, stationed in Germany. He was employed with American Beauty Pasta, Massey Ferguson, and later retired from Sunshine Biscuits, later known as Kellogg’s. He was union president for R.W.D.S.U. Local 184L, AFLCIO Local 184L. He worked for Thatcher’s Funeral Home as a Limousine Driver until his death.
At an early age he accepted Christ, joined church, and was baptized. His church homes included Oakridge Baptist Church, and New Birth Ministry.
He enjoyed fishing, landscaping, cooking, dressing with immaculate style, and he loved serving God as a Church Deacon. Through all his trials and tribulations, his faith in God was never shaken. He stood firm in his beliefs. He loved the Lord and enjoyed counseling with any and everyone about God. His laughter and sense of humor will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus, and Rosie Lee Banks; sisters, Rosetta Barnes; Bobbie Grant; Everlena Taylor; Juanita Taylor; and Barbara Jean Lowe; brother, Rufus Banks, and his wife, Christina Banks.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories four daughters, Kim Banks, Kansas City; Shirella Broomfield (Howard), California; Latisha Bird, California; Annalisa Daniels Kansas City, Missouri; two brothers, Curtis Banks (Darlene); Robert Banks (Mary); one sister, Mildred Webster; 27 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
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