Everett Banks, the 4th child and 2nd son of the late Hub and Vina Caudill Banks, was born the 26th day of
May 1929, on Caudill’s Branch, near Letcher, Ky. He passed from this life at his home, also near Letcher, the
4th day of May 2004, leaving his wife, Opal and three children, Ed, and his wife, Cheryl; Bob, and his wife,
Delana; Sue Goodson, and her husband, Densmore; five sisters, Mary Lou, Mallie, Dootsie, Helen and Betty Ann;
seven grandchildren, Kenny Joe, Beth, Jessie, Josh, Dallas, Desiree and Jacquie; two great grandchildren, Gage
and Hunter, and a host of friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other family
members to mourn him. Three brothers, Herbert, Bill and Gene preceded Everett in death.
For most of his adult life Everett Banks was “in the service”. His various periods of enlistment included a stint
with the U.S. Army, who saw fit to send him half way around the world where he served honorable in the Korean
Conflict. After returning home, Everett entered into an agreement with George M. and Sally Adams’ daughter,
Opal, on the 3rd day of October, 1952, promising to forsake all others. For more than half a century he kept that
vow, serving his family while earning their bread by the sweat of his brow. Everett, although of retirement age,
decided more service was required of him.
On June 28, 1992, he joined the Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church and went about serving God and his
church with the same fervor he demonstrated in Korea and as a husband and father. Of the seven days of the
week, Everett came to favor Sundays and Thursdays. On Sundays, he faithfully attended church services. On
Thursdays, during the growing season, just as faithfully, he could be found, armed with lawn mower and weed
eater, doing battle with the grass in the churchyard.
Everett took great pleasures in visiting with kin folk, old and young. His brothers-in-law, several cousins and
other relatives. Everett enjoyed “talking shop” with former coal miners. He grew up a coal camp boy and
treasured time spent with people who shared those memories. His ability to recall childhood events, life in the
Carbon Glow camps and the exact words spoken in conversions during long ago battles was remarkable.
Blessed with an easy smile and an understanding nature, Everett had the ability to laugh at himself and to find
great entertainment in simple pleasures. He believed that faith, honest, and hard work could solve most
problems. He honorably served his country in time of war, he provided everything his family needed and he
possessed a sense of fairness in all things. Everett kept to the old, tried and proven ways. He loved hearing or
telling a good story. Most who knew Everett have a story to tell that involves him. He fed birds and squirrels and
never insulted a neighbor. Children, grandchildren and others close to him adored him and deservedly so.
Most important of all, Everett professed an unfailing faith in God. In the grand scheme of things, what else is
Mission accomplished, Old Soldier. You will be sorely missed.
|2 Timothy 4:7,8:
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,
shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”.