Obituary for Joan Mercedes Banks

Joan Mercedes “Dee Baby” Banks, of Millwood, VA, departed this life on March 5, 2011 at her home in Millwood, VA, surrounded by her beloved family.

She was born January 15, 1933 in Millwood, VA., the daughter of the late David Marshall Banks and Mary Charity Banks.

Dee attended Elementary and Secondary Millwood County Schools.   She graduated from Johnson Williams High School in 1952 and worked as the school’s secretary for several years.   She loved her family and cherished her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.   She was a loyal and devoted fan of the Washington Redskins and the L.A. Lakers.   She was actively involved with the community and the Clarke County School system.   Her hobbies included cooking, playing Pokenoe, Bid Whist, and entertaining her family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her lifetime companion, David “Chuck” Thornton; four children, Tyrone Banks of Millwood, VA; LaVerne Wright (George) of Alexandria, VA; Sue Banks of Alexandria VA; David Banks (Sharon) of Winchester, VA; stepdaughter, Deborah Davis of Richmond, VA; one sister, Mary V. Walker of Winchester, VA; two brothers, David Banks Jr. of Millwood, VA and William Banks Sr. (Cynthia) of Winchester, VA; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and her beloved pet dog L.B.

One brother, Madison Alfonso Banks preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville.   Burial will follow in the Little Chapel Cemetery, Millwood, VA.   The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral.

Pallbearers will be Darren Banks, Jonathan Wright, Jerrell Wright, Gerrod Wright, Robert Finley, Williams Banks Jr. and Vernon, Duffy Banks.

Honorary Pallbearers will be George Vernon Wright III, Welby Reid, James Banks, Robert Mason, John Townley, Christopher Paugh, and Matthew Paugh.

The family wishes to thank The Blue Ridge Hospice nurses, Nelia Alachay and Ruby Dokes, caregivers Toni Finley and Barbara Stewart for their compassionate and loving care during Dee’s illness.

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