Edison Glenn Banks, Sr., 86, died November 8, at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.
Born on Little Cowan to the late Earl and Louanna Caudill Banks, he grew up in the same house, and left home only to go to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.
He attended college for one year and then joined the U.S. Air Force, and served four years in the Strategic Air Command (S.A.C.).
Mr. Banks taught school at Eolia for two years, attending Union College in the summer months between school years. He taught one year at Upper Kings Creek, and at Little Cowan School with his aunt, Edrie Banks. He also taught at Cowan Elementary Consolidated School.
He loved to recount his days as a teacher, sharing stories of Little Cowan. One of his favorites was of a young boy who lost his billfold down the toilet in the boy’s bathroom. Determined to help retrieve the billfold, Mr. Banks sent one of the Day boys home to get a fishing pole. The boys were happy to spend the rest of their school day “fishing” in the bathroom.
Mr. Banks worked as assistant manager of Home Lumber Company on Railroad Street in Whitesburg before beginning his career with the U.S. Postal Service where he worked until his retirement 31 years later.
Surviving are his wife, Sue Banks; his son, Edison G. Banks II of Little Cowan; two daughters, Mary Richardson and husband Marty of Little Cowan, and Amanda Galer and husband Tyler of Ludlow; five grandchildren, Ashley Holland and husband Brandon, Nicole Banks Davis, Haley Sizemore, Katie Galer and Kyle Galer; three great-grandchildren, Makayla and Sophie Grace Holland, and Hallie Davis; a sister, Christine Dale Gatton and husband Bob of Knoxville, Tenn.; and special friend, Randy Jack Day of Little Cowan.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Earl Banks.
Funeral services for Mr. Banks were held November 11 at the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Burial was in the Banks family cemetery at Little Cowan.
Letcher Funeral Home of Whitesburg had charge of arrangements.