Betty Lou Banks



BARNARDSVILLE – Betty Lou Banks, age 83, of Dillingham Road, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, January 8, 2018 at home with her loving family by her side after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Betty was a loving and faithful wife to her husband of 67 years, William Reece Banks, and was his dedicated caregiver for 27 years, until his passing in 2015. She was an excellent gardener, cook and loved playing her piano. She loved to have her children gather around her piano and sing. Two of her favorite hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”. Betty was a faithful member of Carson Chapel Baptist Church, where she served as pianist. Betty’s love for Christ was reflected through her testimony and all that she did. She was a great influence to many and was loved dearly. She will be greatly missed. Also preceding her in death are her parents, Harold and Texie Burleson Dillingham, and sons, Larry and Everette Banks.

Surviving are her daughters, Jean Brigmon and husband Ray, Joan Pruitt and husband Jim, and Lorraine Burleson; sons, Curtis Banks and wife Becky and John Banks; sisters, Alice Emory and Patricia Weatherly; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 in Carson Chapel Baptist Church, Barnardsville. Reverends David Crowder, Anthony Fox and Scott Dotson will officiate. Burial will be in Thomas F. Dillingham Cemetery, Barnardsville.

The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018 at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave. Weaverville, NC 28787.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to her sister, Alice Emory, Dr. Chip Currens and Dr. Emily Diznoff; hospice nurse, Mary Ashe and staff; Doris Gooding and Annie Weaver. Also, many more that showed their love and support.

For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. Banks’ obituary at