Avanell J. Banks

November 11, 1930March 21, 2020

Pickens, SC – Mrs. Avanell Jones Banks, Age 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Mrs. Banks was born in Pickens County and was the daughter of the late Arthur Jones and Nina Hayes Jones and wife to the late Richard Aaron Banks, Sr.

Survivors include sons Dr. Richard Aaron Banks, Jr. (Mari Lou) of Fairfield, Ohio and T. Scott Banks (Monica) of Easley, South Carolina. Mrs. Banks is survived also by a brother Wallace Jones of Anderson, South Carolina, three grandchildren Stephanie Benjamin (Jason), Aaron Banks and Joshua Banks and two great grandchildren Landon Boykin and Ava Boykin.

Mrs. Banks was predeceased by 3 sisters Eula Trotter, Willie Mae Pace and Olline Evett and 7 brothers Norman, Bruce, Prue, Clyde, Guy, Wayne and Glen Jones.

Mrs. Banks loved her church, Griffin Baptist Church and especially the Mrs. Hull Sunday School Class. She also enjoyed the outdoors and loved her walking. Loved reading and was known for frying okra. The family will be having a private graveside service with a formal visitation to follow at a later date for the safety of all concerned.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Griffin Baptist Church, 1629 Pumpkin Town Hwy, Pickens, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Banks family.

Online condolences may be sent to


  • Arthur Jones, Father (deceased)
  • Nina Hayes Jones, Mother (deceased)
  • Richard Aaron Banks Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Dr. Richard Aaron Banks Jr. (Mari Lou Banks), Son
  • T. Scott Banks (Monica Banks), Son
  • Stephanie Benjamin (Jason Benjamin), Grandchild
  • Aaron Banks, Grandchild
  • Joshua Banks, Grandchild
  • Landon Boykin, Great Grandchild
  • Ava Boykin, Great Grandchild


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Mary B Nix

March 26, 2020

Your Mom always had such a beautiful smile for everyone. Made me feel special ... !

Brooke Bagwell

March 23, 2020

My heart breaks to hear sad this news! Im honored to have met and taken care of"Nanny"! She was loved! I will always remember smiling face and her head butts! She will always hold a special place in my heart! My condolences to her family!!!

Dianne Riggs(mcjunkin)

March 23, 2020

Some of my best memories growing up are the time we spent with Aaron and Avanell We spent a lot of time at their home and them at ours I can imagine what a reunion the four of them are having in Heaven.Rick and Scott just know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers Dianne