June 1, 1949 ~ January 11, 2020

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Jerry Cline Banks, 70, of Asheville, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Joyce Rice Baldwin. Jerry was also preceded in death by a brother, David Baldwin.

Jerry graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School and was a fan of Asheville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked for Ingles Supermarkets for 51 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Sandy “Shorty” Posey Banks; one son, Chris Banks of Asheville; three sisters, Becky McBryar of Asheville, Debbie Edwards of Leicester and Mary Baldwin of Asheville; one brother, Tim Baldwin of Travelers Rest, SC as well as Jerry’s close friend, Jim Queen.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Allen Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM prior to the service. Burial will be private.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: January 16, 2020 2:00 pm

Kenilworth Presbyterian Church
Kenilworth Road
Asheville, NC 28803


Visitation: January 16, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kenilworth Presbyterian Church
Kenilworth Road
Asheville, NC 28803


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  1. ” A Mighty Heart Always Lives”
    A Mighty heart always lives,
    as your heart continues to give,
    only on Earth, did it die-
    but beyond the Carolina blue sky,
    your mighty heart’s rhythmic beats are celestial music-
    as you walk on Heaven’s serene
    In Loving Memory of Jerry Banks
    Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Elliott
    Joseph, Adrienne, Emma, Deacon Carter

  2. From all of my family we regret the passing of your dad. You had the luck of having one of the great ones. May your pain go away and all the good memories remain.

  3. Jerry was a great man. He was always smiling and making you laugh. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with the family.

  4. Becky, my heart aches for you and your family. I know how close you were with Jerry. He is whole again and in the presence of the Lord. And what a place to be!! The Lord will hold you close and carry all of you through these difficult days ahead. I love you my sweet friend, and I’ll always be here for you.

  5. Jerry was such a sweet man. He was one of my dearest customers at the cleaners. He would always bring a smile to my face. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  6. Jerry was a great man. I worked with him at Ingles in Skyland and later at Ingles corporate office. Prayers for his family. He always had a smile and was good to everyone!

  7. Dear Sandy and Chris. So sorry for your loss. Jerry was such a sweet man. Vic worked with him for many years and thought the world of him.
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    May God give you strength at this time in your life.
    Love Effie Fisher

  8. My condolences to the family. I worked with him at Ingles in Skyland many years ago. He was a sweet man and fun to work with.

  9. Dear Sandy and Chris, Very sorry to learn of Jerry’s death.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Ellen Rosenberg Gilreath

  10. Praying for the family ,Jerry was my first boss at ingles in skyland ,enjoyed seeing him with that cup of coffee in his hand and couldn’t wait till the tar heel game came on ,he’s the one in a million you could say ,great man .Rest In Peace Jerry .

  11. Jerry might have been the reason my Daddy (Vic) sent me to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1982. They were good friends. My sympathy to you all at this time.

  12. Sending condolences to the family from Bill Stakias, age 91, retired from Ingles in Hendersonville. So sorry for your family’s loss.

  13. Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about Jerry. I am sure you and Chris have enough memories that he will stay alive in your hearts forever. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during these difficult days ahead. Love, Marcia

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