Joyce Davis Banister

Joyce Banister

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Joyce Davis Banister, age 85, of Sellersburg, IN, a native of Cadiz, KY, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at  in Jeffersonville, IN.  Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main St., in Cadiz, KY where the family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Funeral Service will be at Goodwin Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Burial will follow at East End Cemetery in Cadiz, KY.
In her youth she joined Oak Grove Baptist Church and was baptized in the Cumberland River at Canton, KY.  After her marriage she joined Cadiz United Methodist Church of which she is still a member.  She taught Sunday school in different departments, served on numerous committees, worked as secretary in the church office, and served as a delegate to the annual Methodist conference numerous years.  She also attended Union Ridge Baptist Church in Marshall County and Sellersburg united Methodist Church in Sellersburg, IN.
Joyce was a charter member of the Cadiz Women’s Club where she served on the constitution and bylaws committee, a member of the Ophelia Chapter #55, Order of the Eastern Star, a lifetime member of the Thomas – Bridges Association where she served in every elective office, on the resolutions committee and as a correspondent to long time editors Edison H. Thomas and Charles Kenneth Bridges; a member of the James Thomas Chapter of the American Revolution.  She was a former member of the Trigg Co. Historical Society, The Trigg County PTA and the Trigg Co. Band Boosters.  She was also a Kentucky Colonel.
Her hobbies included genealogy, scrap booking, quilting, cross-stitching, crocheting, sewing, her camera & last, but not least, spending time with her friends, cousins & family.  Joyce was always sharing the past with anyone and could always find a family “connection” with all.  All would agree, Joyce never met a stranger.
She was an honor graduate of Trigg County High School with the class of 1946.  She attended Nashville Business College and Murray State University.   She had been employed at Trigg County Farmers Bank and retired as president and general manager of Trigg County Insurance Agency.
In addition to her parents, A.L. “Bill” & Lou Belle Thomas Davis,  she was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Banister on August 17, 1985, her brother, Carey T. “Sonny” Davis on February 2, 1979 and two grandchildren, Eli & Samantha Linn.
With an insatiable for knowledge, she said the best gift she ever received was when she was 10 years old; a dictionary her Thomas grandparents ordered by sending a quarter and a Rectonga box top (Rectonga was a tonic they used).  In her golden years, among her clutter there was always a dictionary within arm’s length.  She kept abreast of current events by reading a daily newspaper and watching World News on TV nightly.
She is survived by a brother and his wife of Trigg County, Ned & Martha Davis, sisters-in-law, Marian R. Davis of Hopkinsville, KY and Mary B. Graham of Cadiz, KY, brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Claude E. & Sue Banister of Memphis, TN, two daughters, Dr. Suzanne Banister of Jeffersonville, IN & Betsy Scroggins and her husband, Steve of Aurora, KY, one granddaughter, Casey Linn & Her husband, James Drane of Sellersburg, IN with whom she made her home, two great grandsons, Eli James Drane & Samuel Davis Drane of Sellersburg, IN, two honorary grandchildren, Benji Allen & Tori Scroggins of Trigg Co., KY, numerous nieces & nephews, and a host of cousins & friends.
The family request memorial contributions be made to: Starkie Thomas Cemetery Fund or the Lawrence Cemetery Fund, PO Box 2050, Cadiz, KY 42211.

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I am so so sorry to here of Joyce ("Granny" to Sam) passing. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts! I will be lighting a candle in rememberance of Joyce and the two of you this Easter Sunday. I just learned of Joyce's passing this morning. Wishing you all of God's comfort at this time.

I first met Joyce at the annual Thomas-Bridges family reunion in 1998 and immediately she made me feel welcomed. She was a fine lady and I found her to be warm, friendly and very knowledgeable about family history. Joyce always made a point to say hello and sit and chat with me at all future reunions I attended. I will remember her as a friend and will miss her presence at the Thomas-Bridges family reunion.

Betsy, You and your family are in my prayers now in the days to come.. prayers of comfort and strength, I know she raised a wonderful lady in you....

on behalf of my mother Rose Norman and myself we are so sorry to receive this sad news. We were neighbors in the 1960's until we moved to New Mexico. We never forgot all of you. I have such vivid and wonderful memories of Joyce Susie and Betsy. We are grateful to God for allowing our paths to cross. God Bless each of you. with detest sympathy, Laurie Norman

What a remarkable woman Mrs. Banister was. Capable, caring, and involved in all aspects of her life. She was always kind to me and I know she was to others. Your family and our community lost a treasure. May she rest in peace. With condolences and prayers, Woody and Teresa Woodall


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