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Louis Nathaniel Banks, Sr.

August 2, 1943 September 6, 2008
Louis Nathaniel Banks, Sr.
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Obituary for Louis Nathaniel Banks, Sr.

Louis Nathaniel Banks entered this life on August 2, 1943. He was the first child of the late Orie Elsie Stevenson and William Nathaniel Banks. He departed this life the early morning hours of September 6, 2008 at his home in Lusby, Maryland.
Louis grew up in Fruitland, Maryland where he attended the public schools in Wicomico County. Louis served in the United States Army (Heavy Weapons, In from 1960 to 1962, with an honorable discharge. He served in the United States Army Reserve until 1966. From December 1977 to December 1979 he served in the United States Air Force Reserve. Louis served his country honorably.
Louis moved to Calvert County in 1976. About three years later, Louis met Louvenia Lockes through his roommate and dear friend, Frank McBryde. After a long courtship, they were married on June 16, 1984. From this union, they were blessed with a daughter, Ebony Nichele Banks.
Later, he attended Bowie State College (currently Bowie State University). When his college education ended because of personal illness, he was only 19 credit hours short of receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.
At an early age, Louis confirmed his faith in the Lord. He often attended and supported the church. For a short time he even taught Sunday school at Eastern United Methodist Church.
Louis was also involved in the community in various capacities. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Calvert County for many years, served on the Board of Education Black History Committee, volunteered at the East John Youth Center, was a member of the National American Legion, and participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in support of his wife, who is a fourteen year survivor.
During his lifetime, he worked several jobs. These included employment with Criscraft, Dupont, Peninsula General Hospital on the Eastern Shore, ARC of Calvert County, and finally a career with the State of Maryland as an Environmental Health Aide for 28 years. Louis retired in 2004 approximately one year after having bypass heart surgery. From 1976 to 2004 he had proven to be a great asset to Calvert County and the State of Maryland.
In his leisure time, Louis enjoyed watching movies, reading and working on computers. He would take computers apart, put them back together and sometimes he managed to get a few of them to work again. Louis also enjoyed sharing his philosophy on life whenever friends or family visited. He could dig up the fact, add his opinion, and keep a friendly debate going for as long as he cared to expound.
When Louis was getting ready to retire, he said he was going to buy himself a lot of cute pajamas and that was all he was going to wear, all day! When he retired, thats exactly what he did! His wife, Louvenia, kept him well pressed and creased.
Louis Nathaniel Banks, Sr., leaves to cherish his memory: his loving and devoted wife, Louvenia Lockes Banks; his devoted children, Louis Banks, Jr. and Charleita Stanley of Salisbury, Maryland, Kelly Franklin of Baltimore, Maryland and Ebony Banks of Lusby, Maryland; two (2) grandchildren, Madyson and Nylah Bassett:three (3) adopted children, Rayia McKnight, LaMonica Johnson and Aaron Jackson, Jr.; four (4) god-children, Eric Dashiell, Derrick Lockes, Donna and Shann Watkins; four (4) brothers, Lawrence Grant of Salisbury, Maryland, Gregory Banks of Fruitland, Maryland, Timothy and William Banks of York, Pennsylvania; two (2) sister, Janice Hutley of Delmar, Delaware, and Crystal Banks of Salisbury, Maryland; one (1) adopted sister, Lynne Gober, Washington, DC; two (2) aunts, Gladys Edmonds and Bertha Reid of Fruitland, Maryland; one (1) uncle, John Banks of Fruitland, Maryland; a special aunt and uncle, Marnett and Andrew Stewart, of Lusby, Maryland; five (5) sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Lila, Ernestine, and Pamala Lockes, Dorothy and Beulah Grant; five (5) brothers-in-law; Hilton, Leander, Stanley, Maurice and Carl Lockes; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Vance Banks, Melvin Grant and Palmer Grant, Jr.

Cemetery:

Southern Memorial Gardens 10155 Ward Road Dunkirk, MD 20754 (map/driving directions) (Date/time pending)

Visitation:

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Friday, September 12, 2008 (map/driving directions)

11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Eastern UM Church 975 Eastern Church Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Saturday, September 13, 2008 (map/driving directions)

Service:

12:00 P.M. at Eastern UM Church 975 Eastern Church Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Saturday, September 13, 2008 (map/driving directions)

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Hospice of St. Mary's, 22699 Washington St., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, 301-475-6422 or Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, 410-535-0892

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