Funeral ser v ices for Ruby Banks, 97, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Bro. John Mitchell of Pecan Street Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in New Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale.

Visitation is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Banks died Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Houston.

She was born on Jan. 14, 1914, in Davilla to Emzy James Sansom and Ammie Davis Sansom.

She married James Homer Banks Sr. in April 1931 in Cameron.

They began a family and worked the family farm in the Liberty Hill community.

Mrs. Banks lived in Thorndale, from 1973 until two years ago when she moved to Houston to be close to her children.

She was an active member of Pecan Street Church of Christ in Rockdale.

Mrs. Banks loved cooking, gardening, fishing and all things with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Homer Banks Sr.; two sons, Paul Banks and Marvin Banks; three daughters, Wanda Green, LaVara Heslip and Annie Bell Banks; six sisters, Celester Perry, Hattie Sansom, Willie Sansom Marshall, Airlean Nixon, Mary Bell Franklin and Lone Venable; and four brothers, Eldridge Sansom, E. J. Samson, Don Sansom and Claude P. Sansom.

Survivors are two sons, James H. Banks Jr. and wife Johnnie of Rockdale, Stanley Sansom Banks and wife Ollie of Houston; and five daughters, Allie Powells and husband Emile of San Francisco, California, Margarett Flowers and husband Leroy of Houston, Jewel Johnson and husband Gerald of Mansfield, Betty Bell and husband John of Houston, Ruby C. Hall and husband Reginald of Houston; also, 24 grandchildren, 44 greatgrandchildren and 11 great-greatgrandchildren.

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