OBITUARY

William Tillman Banks

September 18, 1937June 11, 2019
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William T. “Bill” Banks, 81, entered eternal life peacefully on June 11, 2019 at St. Catherine’s Village. He was born September 18, 1937 in Durant, MS, but grew up in the Coldwater Community of Neshoba County. He attended Coldwater Community School through the ninth grade before transferring to Philadelphia High School. He attended East Central Community College in the fall of 1955 before joining the U.S. Air Force in February 1956 where he was stationed at Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda.

Upon his discharge from the Air Force, he enrolled at Ole Miss in September 1959. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in June of 1962. He was inducted into Chi Epsilon National Honorary Civil Engineering Fraternity during his senior year. He was employed by the U.S. Army Corps on Engineers the day after his graduation. In 1972, he co-founded Blurton, Banks, & Assoc., Inc.- a Consulting Engineering & Surveying firm. In 1983, he acquired American Field Service Corporation and developed this firm into a successful engineering and highway construction firm. In 1990, he sold controlling stock in this firm to his daughter, Cindy. He then founded Banks Engineering & Surveying, Inc., which he operated until 2000. He then served on the Madison County Board of Supervisors until 2004, when he retired. He was a member of and served Canton Rotary Club as President. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of Madison Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Banks and parents Cary Warnock (Windy) and Ruth M. Banks, all residents of the Coldwater Community.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara (Gandy) Banks whom he met in Meridian and fell in love with immediately and married in the Chapel at Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda on March 5, 1957, and their children Cindy (Bill) Warner and Susan (Ted) Quertermous and grandchildren Emily Warner and Tyler and Kelly Quertermous, all of Madison, MS, his sisters Clara Ann Johnson Lewis of Madden, MS and Pat (Lavelle) Woodrick of Philadelphia, MS.

Bill and Barbara enjoyed traveling and visiting with their many friends and family. He was an avid fan of the Ole Miss Rebels and the Neshoba County Fair.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Catherine’s Village Siena Center for their patient and loving care and Janyce and Lisa with Joy Care, Inc., for making his days a little brighter.

Bill wanted all of his friends and colleagues to remember him as a Christian and a man of his word. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from 5pm to 7pm and Thursday, June 13th at 10am followed by the funeral service at 11am. All services will be at Parkway Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, MS.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Independent Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2194, Madison, MS 39130.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Barbara Graves

June 11, 2019

There are very few men in this world like Bill Banks. He was the best husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He was so very good to all his family and especially the love of his life, Barbara. He lived life to the fullest and always had a smile on his face and made everyone around him laugh. His presence on this earth will be greatly missed, but heaven gained a great one! I send all my love and prayers to you all and so wish I could be there with you to honor his memory.

Lori Simpson

June 11, 2019

What a wonderful father both of you had! I remember him being so nice to me and he was always bigger than life. There are so many wonderful memories that you shared here for us all to enjoy - thank you. Praying for peace. Rest in peace Bill.
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Donna Gandy

June 11, 2019

Uncle Bill was always fun to be around so loved to visit at their house in the summer. He was very funny and caring person. Rest In Peace Uncle Bill much love to you.

Becky Malley

June 11, 2019

I will greatly miss Uncle Bill. He was a sweetheart.

Becky Woodrick Malley

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