Ola Powell Banks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ola Powell Banks, 73, of Sibley Road, beloved wife of the late George E. Banks entered into rest Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at the Medical College of Georgia. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 3, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Reverend Jim Johnson and Reverend Marion Jay officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Banks was born in Richmond County and the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Emmie Mary Sullivan Powell. She was retired from Kendall Co. and a member of the Sherwood Baptist Church where she was a member of the Senior Ladies Sunday School Class. She will best be remembered as a generous nurturing mother and devoted friend to many. As her health declined she still maintained her passion for baking, flower gardening, gospel music and spending time with family and friends. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed. Mrs. Banks was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Brantley; her sons, Michael (Mike) Banks and Dennis Banks; brothers and sisters, Bernice Powell, Allen Powell, Richard Edward Powell, Mary Hayes, Marjorie P. Sexton and Ellen P. Moore. Survivors include: hers sons, George E.(Gene) Banks, Jr. of Augusta, Gerald Banks of Hephzibah; her daughters and sons-in- law, Theresa and Nick Nichols of Augusta, Karen and Frank Nelson of Waynesboro, Crystal Dawn Banks of Augusta; her brother and sister-in-law, Ralph 'Rip' and Bootsie Powell of Augusta; Brother-in-law, Clyde Sexton of Brandon, Fla.; grandchildren, Stephanie Banks, Ashely Banks, Wade Pender IV, Wesley Pender, Freddie (Nuk-Nuk) Smith, Malayzia Smith, Jessica Chess, Jeremy Banks, Samuel (Sam) Banks, Kimberley Stickney, Courtney Banks, Emory Chavous III, Amber Sigleton, Brittany Singleton, Donald Hadley and Matthew Hadley; and numerous great-grandchildren. Active Pallbearers, Wade Pender IV, Donald Hadley, Matthew Hadley, Larry Hall, Donald H. Powell and Ron Kucera. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 unitl 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-October 2, 2008