ASHEVILLE – Arnold Richard “Dicky” Banks, Sr., age 71, of West Asheville, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends.
Richard was born November 23, 1946 in Buncombe County where he lived most of his life. Richard graduated from Erwin High School and retired after 37 years of working at BASF. He was very active in his community, helping everyone when needed and always leaving you with a smile. Richard was an active member of Asheville First Church of The Nazarene. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady M. Banks, Sr. and Gladys Neighbors Banks; wife, Frankie Blankenship Banks; brothers, Grady M. Banks, Jr., Leroy Banks, and Donald Banks; sisters, Margie Ann Banks, Betty Jean Jenkins, and Daisy Lee Coleman.
Surviving are his daughter, Michelle Thompson; sons, Rick Banks and wife Heather, Dana Shelton and wife Theresa; step-daughter, April Michelle Runyon and husband Michael; sisters, Geraldine Smith and Jeanette Shipman; grandchildren, Ashley, Harley, Richard, Kaylee, Trevor, Ayden, Shelby, Alisha, and Chelsea; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Alexys; and many special friends including Todd.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Asheville First Church of The Nazarene. Rev. Andrew Crimmins will officiate. Burial will be in West Memorial Park, Weaverville.
The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2018 at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, NC 28787.
Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider: Asheville First Church of The Nazarene “Food Pantry Ministry” 385 Hazel Mill Road, Asheville, NC 28806.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Banks’ obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
West Funeral Home
Monday April 9th, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
17 Merrimon Avenue
Weaverville, NC 28787
West Memorial Park
Tuesday April 10th, 2018
40 Roberts Street
Weaverville, NC 28787
Asheville First Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday April 10th, 2018
385 Hazel Mill Road
Asheville, NC 28806
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There was a strength in Richard that came from his personal relationship to Jesus Christ. Richard's life was transformed by Christ! He loved the LORD and gave Him praise at every opportunity. Richard served the Bride-of-Christ with gratitude and humility. Richard was a friend to his pastor(s) and a friend to those in need. I love him. He will be missed. I pray the impact he has made on so many others will not be forgotten. I pray that our lives would reflect the kindnesses Richard showed us and be evident in the ways we treat others. May GOD show the family grieving their loss just how much He loves you. Grace & Peace.
Submitted by Pastor Doug Hopkins & Family on Apr 10 2018 10:16:02 AM
Prayers for you Ricky and michelle. If yall need something just call.
Submitted by Kimberly shelton on Apr 9 2018 07:20:27 PM
A MESSAGE OF SOLACE FOR THE FAMILY OF ARNOLD RICHARD BANKS SR. I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. PLEASE KNOW THAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER JEHOVAH GOD UNDERSTANDS YOUR PAIN FOR HE TOO EXPERIENCED THE LOSS OF HIS SON CHRIST JESUS. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3,4. THEIR DESIRE IS TO REUNITE US WITH OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES AGAIN BY MEANS OF A RESURRECTION TO LIFE HERE ON A BEAUTIFUL PARADISE EARTH WHERE SICKNESS, PAIN AND DEATH WILL BE NO MORE. JOHN 5:28,29; ACTS 24:15; PSALMS 37:10,11 & 29; REVELATION 21:3-5. MAY YOU CHERISH THE MEMORIES YOU HAVE OF ARNOLD UNTIL THAT TIME. PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE SYMPATHIES. J.Y. SMITH - JW.org / Minister
Submitted by J.Y. SMITH on Apr 9 2018 07:19:39 PM
Our deepest sympathy to our dear friend Richard's family. Richard was a true Christian, and we loved to have him in our Sunday School Class. He always brought thoughtful input and he was not afraid to ask questions on things he did not understand from Scripture. He is surely going to be missed. His beautiful smile was a ray of sunshine to all who knew him. We were so blessed to have him as our friend. We rejoice that he is now walking with Jesus and seeing His face. We love you, Richard!
Blanca and Harvey Miller
Submitted by Blanca and Harvey Miller on Apr 9 2018 05:15:53 PM
Dickie was such a great friend “Family “ to ALL the Jones. He took such good care of Dan. My Daddy Bob Jones and the rest of the family loved him and thought of him like another brother. He will be greatly missed.
Submitted by Tammy Jones Webb on Apr 8 2018 08:13:46 AM
Daddy, I will forever LOVE you.
Submitted by Gloria M Thompson on Apr 7 2018 04:15:46 AM
What a great neighbor, he was loved dearly and will greatly be missed, , I have lived on cub road across the street from Richard for 55 years, he was one of a kind , always ready to lend a helping hand, Heaven just got sweeter
Submitted by Sharon and Terry Sprouse on Apr 6 2018 07:41:12 PM
Michelle and Rick , I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved my Uncle Fred,I will miss him everyday.God now has another angel watching over us. Love you guys ,Teresa
Submitted by Teresa Smith on Apr 6 2018 06:12:48 PM
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