Jerry Malcolm Banks
May 26, 1944 – September 10, 2018
Jerry Malcolm Banks of Maysville died September 10, 2018 (age 74) at his home after a brief illness.
Jerry was born in Maysville on May 26th, 1944. He was the 8th of 11 children and the 4th of 5 sons born to Raymond Banks, Sr. and Cora Smith Banks, both of whom are now deceased.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by 5 of his siblings: Marian Brafford; Jean Thomas; J.D. Banks, Sr.; Frances Johnson; and Faye Batchelor. He leaves behind to mourn him 5 surviving siblings: Ray Banks, Sr.; Nancy Parker (Edward Earl); Benny Banks, Sr. (Joyce); Larry Banks (Gail); and Bonnie Banks Favorite (Lawrence). He also leaves behind his beloved children, Melissia Banks Favorite and Jerry Banks II.Through Melissia and Jerry II, Jerry had 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In his youth, Jerry loved being outdoors and spending time hunting, fishing, and swimming with his brothers. He played basketball at White Oak High School and was known for his bright smile and his easy-going manner. His classmates described him as being friendly, kind, and loyal.He was an outstanding sonand lived at home with his parents until he married in his late twenties.
As he reached adulthood, Jerry became a much quieter person. But he was still known, especially by members of his extended family, as an exceptionally kind and patient person.
Without question, the greatest joy and privilege of Jerry’s life was being able to be a father to Melissia and Jerry II in their early childhood. He took Melissia and Jerry with him whenever he could, proudly showing them off to everyone he met along the way. Unfortunately, he was not able to seeMelissia or Jerry II as often as he would likeonce they reached adulthood themselves, as they lived in Texas and Jerry lived in North Carolina. Nevertheless, he spoke of them often and with great pride, and prayed for them daily.
In his later years, especially after he retired, Jerry spent most of his time at home. His entire family demonstrated their love and respect for Jerry by the care and attention they gave to him in his senior years. Jerry’s youngest brother, Larry, checked on Jerry daily, and assisted Jerry in many different areas of his life.His older sisters (while all of them were still alive) were faithful in providing meals for Jerry. Jerry appreciated the kindness of others, but he also remained fiercely independent up until the day of his passing. Caring for Jerry in his senior years brought out the very best in his family;this caregiving gave family members an opportunity to reciprocate the care and generosity that Jerry had demonstrated as a son, brother, father, and friend during his teenage and young adult years.
A viewing for the family was held at Sayland Funeral Home in Maysville 2 days after Jerry’s death, just before Hurricane Florence arrived in the area with its accompanying disruption and devastation. Tentative plans for a funeral service for Jerry were made in the weeks immediately following his death. Unfortunately, these plans had to be cancelled due to the catastrophic flooding throughout Maysville, Belgrade and Pollocksville that followed in the aftermath of the hurricane. A private service in Dogwood Memorial Cemetery will be held. Sayland Funeral Home of Maysville will handle those arrangements.