Deacon Emile Howard Banks

July 31, 1937 ~ May 7, 2020 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Deacon Emile Banks Obituary

Deacon Emile Howard Banks was born July 31, 1937, to the late Clara Virginia and Eddie Banks in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Deacon Emile attended and graduated from Alexander High School in 1957 in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Deacon Emile confessed to Christ at an early age. Deacon Emile later moved to Chicago where he worked for Montgomery Wards for a number of years. Deacon Emile later worked at Lakeshore Florist where he became a master at floral arrangements. Deacon Emile and Rosie Johnson were joined in holy matrimony on July 11, 1998, and enjoyed 21 years of marital bliss. Deacon Emile served as a Deacon for over 16 years at Jesus Christ Holy M.B. Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Pastor Archie Matlock, Sr. Deacon Emile loved to cook and was a self-proclaimed pit master. Deacon Emile loved to entertain and was always the life of whatever gathering he attended. Deacon Emile loved to relax on the front porch of his house with his dogs. Deacon Emile Banks departed this life on Wednesday May 7, 2020, at 5:06 AM at West Suburban Hospital. Deacon Emile is preceded in death by: both of his parents, Clara Virginia and Eddie Banks; four sisters, Bertha Banks Gaines, Monzola “Polly” Banks, Estrella Richardson, and Mae Brown; and two brothers, Sam Banks and Robert “Trixie” Johnson. Deacon Emile leaves to cherish in his memories: his beautiful wife, Rosie Banks; three sons, Emile Jr. (Cathy), Raynard, and Bruce; one daughter, Jackie Banks; ten grandchildren; one godson, Vontrell Banks; his Jesus Christ Holy M.B. Church family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

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May 15, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jesus Christ Holy Missionary Baptist Church
4104 W Grenshaw
Chicago, IL 60624

Funeral Service
May 16, 2020

10:00 AM
Jesus Christ Holy Missionary Baptist Church
4104 W Grenshaw
Chicago, IL 60624

Interment following funeral service
May 16, 2020

Oak Ridge Cemetary
4301 W Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162


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