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Ellis Funeral Home

801 Andrews Highway, Midland, TX

OBITUARY

James D Banks

April 8, 1967September 8, 2019
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James Daniel Banks Passed Sunday September 8, 2019 from heart complications.

He was born April 8th, 1967 in Newnan, Georgia to Joe and Imogene Banks. He was raised in Newnan until 1980 when the family moved to Midland, TX.

As a child James was known by the name Jamie and also had the nickname of Tater. He played little league baseball for many years of his childhood mostly as a catcher and was coached by his father Joe. He and his family enjoyed many camping trips and lots of family vacations most of which cover lots and lots of miles and many states.

After moving to Midland he graduated from Midland Lee High School in 1985. He spent a few years working in the oil field industry and lived for a short time in Lamar Colorado before returning to Midland. After leaving the oil field industry James worked for Box Auto Salvage for many years starting as a dismantler and working his way up to salesperson. After leaving Box Auto Salvage James started a new career that he enjoyed very much as a bartender where he spent several years working at Blue Max Music Venue. After Blue Max closed he became a bartender at Riley’s Bar and Grill, and was known to make the best Bloody Mary in the universe.

As an adult, James was known by the nickname of Roach by his numerous friends and customers. He was a very passionate Pittsburgh Steelers fan from a very young age and collected lots of Steelers memorabilia and would rarely miss a game. He enjoyed his music very much and loved taking concert road trips with his very special long time friend Erika Berry Dunton.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marshall & Edna Banks of Midland and Jesse & Myrtle Harrison of Hogansville, Ga., cousin Brett Banks of San Marcos TX., Uncle Richard Banks of Ballinger TX and longtime companion Martha Brzostowski of Odessa TX.

He is survived by his wife Megan Petty of Midland his daughter Jaimee Banks of Brownwood TX. Parents Joe and Imogene Banks of Midland brother Marshall and wife Nandy Banks of Midland, Brother Lee and wife Mitzy Banks of McKinney TX, Sister Jessica and husband Doug Rogers of McKinney TX. Step children Heather McGill and Zack Wharton, many Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. With also countless recent and longtime close friends.

Visitation will be held Friday September 13 from 4- 8 pm at Ellis Funeral Home 801 Andrews Hwy Midland TX and a memorial service will be Saturday September 14th at 12:00 noon also at Ellis. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to https://www.gofundme.com/james-banks-contribution-in-lieu-of-flowers thank you.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Holly Herd

September 14, 2019

James Banks was a dear friend of mine since 1985...I met him when I was in high school and he was always a ray of light . Happy and fun-loving. Later on we connected when he worked at the Blue Max. James was always a friendly, fun-loving, and caring friend. He will be missed dearly by me.

Maggie Mae

September 13, 2019

Im sooo lucky to have met you and share soo many amazing memories with you you were truly a wonderful man thank you for loving me all these years no matter what!!!

Nandy Banks

September 12, 2019

I am the last one to enter into this family, except for the new grandbabies.
When I first met them all, I claimed Lee as the yuppy one, Jessica as the girly one
then there was James, you my friend made me feel so welcomed with your big hug.
This is something I remember about you the most, you always gave hugs
I would see you at your place of work and you hugged everyone who came close to you. I also remember every time Hotrod and I flew somewhere we could always count on a message from you with the words LANDJET.
Love you and will miss you always brother-in-law.

Shawna Lee

September 12, 2019

Gonna miss ya man!!! May u Rest In Peace!!!

Alina Goree

September 11, 2019

My friend we already miss you , but one day we will see you again, love ya Roach it won’t be the same without you , we always looked forward to seeing you at Steak and bake lol ! You’re one of a kind, I love the name James , I remember telling you many times my sweet boy is in heaven and his name is James, give him a hug for me , till we meet again.

Sarah Fernandez

September 11, 2019

Fond memory of mine, Kbat was having a “badass beard contest” or something like that, and I sent in a picture of Roach. I never thought abt it again until a few months later. We were at the blue max and I overheard him saying something abt him winning some goodies for beards. “Somebody nominated me for some contest and I won some beard ****”. I told him it was me and we had a good laugh over it. He had no idea lol

Dottie Warlick

September 11, 2019

Jamie was my cousin. We didn’t stay in close contact once the family moved to Texas. My memories are from an early Jamie in Newnan Ga. Tater as Uncle Joe called him won a special place in all our hearts. The little birthmark under his nose made him unforgettable to most. The comments and expressions of love from so many friends is an indication of the big heart that was always Jamie. Love you cousin

Misty Riddle

September 11, 2019

We would always look at the moon.. and he would always tell me " look fingernail moon " or toe nail moon ... I will never forget those memories. . He was the best always made me smile .. Rest in peace my dear friend ... 🙏😇

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