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Mrs. Frances Lee (Harrington) Banks, 91, of Southern Pines entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
District Missionary Frances Lee Harrington Terry Banks
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8
Frances Lee Harrington Terry Banks was born August 4, 1932 in Taylor Town, North Carolina, to the late Deacon William and Mother Julia Harrington. She departed this life on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. She was the mother of one son, and a niece and nephew whom she raised.
She attended the Moore County School system, where she was a very successful student. With a desire to attend college to major in mathematics and minor in French, she received an offer to pursue an all-expense paid career in Nursing; but she opted to turn it down. Later in life, she did attend classes and became an in-home nurse. She opened her home to many who needed care, council and rest from the weariness of life.
She gave her life to Christ at the age of 22. Working diligently to perform her Christian duties, she served as Sunday school teacher, YPWW teacher, a Youth leader, Sunshine Band president, Secretary of the Missionary Circle, Sunday School Field Representative for the Asheboro District, Secretary to the late District Missionary Mary Hallman and the late District Missionary Julia Ray.
In 2024, Jurisdictional Supervisor Mary Love Green appointed her District Missionary of the Laurinburg District–having served under the leadership of the late Superintendent John Spruill, and now Superintendent Tommy R. Legrand. As a member of Spruill’s Temple Church of God in Christ, where Elder Jerry Chesney is the pastor, served as Church clerk, Trustee Board member and Pastor’s Aide leader. In her community she received recognition as “Young Christian Woman of the Year”. And later in 2008, she was the first runner up “Woman of the Year”, representing Moore County Branch NAACP.
As a strong and determine an impressive woman of God, she continued to do the work that the Lord had assigned to hands. She completely her journey with joy; applying the mandate of one of her favorite scripture: ''Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephesians 6:10-17).
Mother Banks was united in holy matrimony to the late Charles Terry (deceased). In 1963, she was reunited in holy matrimony to Donelle Banks, Sr. for 43 years.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories, her loving and devoted son, Mr. Donelle Banks, Jr.; one daughter: Muriel Fox; one nephew: Anthony Terry (deceased); nieces: Gwen, Wander, Julia, Midget, Emmy, Trina, LaDonna, Michelle (Muff), Cheryl Banks, Linda, Carolyn, Kim, Pamela; nephews: Garnell, Rev. Alfred, Julius, William Banks, Rev Rayshawn Terry, Jimmy, Rev. Stanly Jackson, Stanly Hancock, Allen, Melvin, and Ron. Also, Jean Taylor (like a sister); The Cole’s, the Chesney’s and the Spruill’s families.
Please keep the family and friends of Mrs. Frances Lee (Harrington) Banks in your thoughts and prayers.
Arrangements are entrusted to McLeod Funeral Home of Southern Pines, North Carolina.