James Clyde Banks, 90, of Findlay, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in celebration of his 90th Christmas birthday.
Jim was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Canton, N.C., to Elmore and Lillie (Guffey) Banks. Jim was raised in the Junior Home orphanage in Tiffin where he was known as Clyde. He served as captain of the mighty Junior Home football team.
Jim also was a World War II Army veteran. As a member of the Black Panther division, he served in France. Jim was an alumnus of Tiffin and Bowling Green State Universities. Jim retired from Elmwood Schools where he was a sixth grade teacher at Portage Elementary. He also was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a past member of First Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon.
Jim was known for his sense of humor and the twinkle in his eyes. Jim loved the Lord, his family, reading and studying his Bible, Christmas, playing the piano, Sousa music and visits from his great-grandson, Drake. His legacy of love, care and Godly example will be treasured by his children and grandchildren for years to come.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Barbara; four daughters, Becky Banks and Penny (Dennis) Sokol, both of Findlay, Deb (Steve) Webb of Stansbury, Utah, and Betty (Trigg) Peterson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sons, Scott Banks of Tampa, Fla., and John Banks of McComb; two grandchildren, Hannah (Dale) Hall and Isaac Sokol; and one great-grandchild, Drake Hall.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Cecil Banks; and his sister, Midi Aites.
Friends and family may visit from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hufford Family Funeral Home, 1500 Manor Hill Road, Findlay, OH 45840, (419) 422-1500. His funeral will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastors Paul Reimer and Gordon Dickson officiating. The Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad will perform full military rites following the service.
Memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffordfh.com.
The family would like to express their thanks to the Bridge Hospice family for their tender, compassionate care.