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Obituary: Virginia Gentry Banks, Columbus

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Virginia Gentry Banks, 97, of Columbus, IN, formerly of Carrollton, KY, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Four Seasons Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born September 2, 1915, in Jackson County, KY, the daughter of the late Terah Gentry and Mary Carter Gentry. She and her husband were  former owners of Buddy’s Men’s Shop in Carrollton. She also had worked at Hallmark Gift Shops in Madison, IN, and Columbus, the Gem Store in Carrollton, where she met her husband in 1934, and as a dental assistant for Dr. Rouse in Carrollton.

She was a member of Carrollton Christian Church and Christian Women’s Fellowship, Port William Historical Society and Kentucky Democratic Women.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Charles) Banks Hainz of Columbus, IN; a son, William Roger "Bill" (Linda) Banks of Centerville, OH; two grandchildren, Colleen (Todd) Hainz Koesters of Plain City, OH, and William “Bill” Chandler Banks of Chicago, IL; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary Koesters and Patrick Koesters, both of Plain City, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Kenneth Lamb; and her husband, Bernard “Buddy” Long Banks on May 5, 1999.

Funeral services will be on Friday, August 2, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Carrollton Christian Church, with the Rev. Melvin LeCompte officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton and from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013, at Carrollton Christian Church. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Memorial gifts may be given through the funeral home to Carrollton Christian Church.



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