March 25, 1925 ~ April 2, 2010

Born in: Greeneville, TN,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Paul William Banks, 85, of 56 Sunnyview Terrace, died Friday, April 2, 2010. Mr. Banks was born in Greeneville, TN, but spent most of his life in Buncombe County. He was a son of the late Odis William Banks and Martha Frances Burnette Banks. He was retired as manager of J.M. Westall Lumber Company where he worked more than 50 years. He was a charter member of the West Buncombe VFD where he served for more than 50 years, and was president of the Board of Directors at the time of his death. He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of more than 62 years, Mildred Gibson Banks; two daughters, Gloria Brank and her husband, Mark, of Asheville and Cathy Davidson and her husband, Harold, of Alexander; a son, Ronald David Banks of Asheville; two granddaughters, Christy Scruggs and her husband, Stan, of Monroe, and Angela Davidson of Alexander and her fiancé, Dustin Shiflet of Brevard; three great-grandsons, Hampton, Bolton and Larson Scruggs; four sisters, Josephine Hollifield of Asheville, Elsie Shook of Alexander, and Wilma Radcliff and Eloise Nelon of Asheville; special friends, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth and George Shipman, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral home with the Revs. Lawrence Smith and Bobby Gibson officiating. Interment will follow at New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. The West Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department will coordinate an honor guard and full fire department honors. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and at other times will be at the residence. Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Harold Davidson, 464 Old Highway 20, Alexander, NC 28701.

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  1. Dear Gloria, Mark, and family, We know how hard it is to let go of your gentle father, who has been your anchor and your guide through all of your life. What a blessed life he has had with your mother and with the joy of being surrounded by his children and his loving family. What wonderful things he has tought and instilled in all of you, and what wonderful memories you will all share of him. Our love to you at this very difficult time. Gary and Cathy Barnhardt

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  2. Dear Family,

    I have been so graced to know Mr. Banks these last 12 years. He has been my landlord and my patron. I have known his as a builder, a wise man, a wonderful storyteller, a man of solid ethics, civic responsibility and the kind man described often as the salt of the earth.

    I thank the entire family for their multitude kindnesses to me. I loved Mr. Banks and have missed him this last year and will continue to miss him everyday and have the fondest memories of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday when I had the pleasure of seeing him and sharing in the stories of family events.

    I cannot fully express my deep sadness for the family for whom Mr. Banks was the partriarch.

    My deepest condolences.
    Tracey Turner

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  3. Dear Gloria and family,
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. It has been wonderful to hear stories of your Dad and I know you cherish many more memories. May the Lord comfort you all during this time.
    Becky and Ron Lance;
    Dillon Norton

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  4. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    …for the Lord shall be thine
    everlasting light, and the days
    of thy mourning shall be ended.
    Isaiah 60:20

    May you remember always
    that, for every sorrow,
    there is comfort…
    for every sadness,
    there is healing…
    for each loss–
    the promise of new life.
    With Sympathy,
    Mike Sluder Family

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  5. The Hill’ has lost a lot with Paul’s passing. Our prayers are with the family during this very emotional time.

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  6. Kathy, Harold, and Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Jimmie remembers him well from Westall’s. Our prayers are with you at this time.
    Jimmie and Shirley Fender

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  7. Dear Gloria & Family, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your Dad . Please accept my condolences.
    Praying for you,

    Becky Boone

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  8. Dear Kathy and Family,
    So Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I am thinking of you during this time. Sandy Garcia

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  9. I am so very sorry for the loss of Mr.Banks. I have cleaned his teeth for several years. He has always been so super nice to me. He and his wife always come together, when I woud make his next appointment he would always say, now make sure Mrs.Banks can come at the same time. I will miss him.

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  10. Deepest condolences to Mr. Banks family and friends. A great loss to our community. May his work and spirit continue. Peace be with his family and friends now and always.

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