Earl Joseph (E.J.) Banks Jr., 87, of Galena, formerly of Belle and Marshall, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Christian Health Care in Nixa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Marshall Community of Christ Church in Marshall, with Jerry Henry and Arlin Epperson officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2011, at Belle Community of Christ Church in Belle.
Born Aug. 9, 1923, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Earl J. Banks Sr. and Fairy Marie Parson Banks. On Oct. 4, 1942, he married Mary Louise Kemple, who preceded him in death in 2006. He was a 1941 graduate of Marshall High School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army Air Corps in Iceland. He had lived in Belle since 1972, moving from Marshall. He most recently lived in Galena. He and his wife owned and operated several restaurants in Marshall and Belle. He was a member of Community of Christ, serving as pastor of the churches in Linn and in Belle for many years.
He is survived by three sons, Larry Gene Banks of Springfield, Kenneth LaVern Banks of Blackburn and Richard Leland Banks of Orange, Texas; one daughter, Lynda Ruth Jenkins of Galena; one brother, Dean Banks of Marshall; one sister, Maxine Scott of Marshall; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one granddaughter and one great-grandson.