Cleo C. Banks

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cleo C. Banks, 94, of Slater, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at The Living Center in Marshall.

Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church, with General Bishop Raymond Captville officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 1 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.

Born April 23, 1920, in Oklahoma City, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Atusler S. and Roberta Thomas Bryant. She married Cecil Banks, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 1976. She was a member of the St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church in Slater. She attended grade school in Gilliam, graduated high school in Dalton, attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, and graduated from Madam C.J. Walker School of Cosmetology in Kansas City. She operated a beauty salon in Slater for several years before becoming a beautician at the Marshall Habilitation Center, where she worked until her retirement. She was the first woman to be treasurer of the Progressive Quarterly Meeting of the Church. She was also the first woman to be a trustee of the General Conference, where she served as financial secretary for more than 50 years. She had also been a faithful member of the St. John Temple in Gilliam.

She is survived by one daughter, Cleo Ganaway of Slater; one stepson, Robert Banks and his wife, Christina, of Kansas City; one sister-in-law, Brownell Bryant of Slater; eleven grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by two step-children, Doris Allen and Everett Banks; a very special grandson, Elder Colby Lee Ganaway; one great-grandson, Colby Ganaway; two brothers, Burnett Bryant and Thomas Bryant; and one stepsister, Mary Agnes Howard.

Additional information provided per family recompense.