Monday, April 6, 2009

Eva Jane Criswell & Thomas Wesley Banks

  Eva Jane Criswell was born 29 April 1865 near Numa in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, daughter of John Vance Criswell and Mary Ann Brannen, died 20 June 1943 in Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.  She married 17 February 1892 in Appanoose County, Iowa, Thomas Wesley Banks.  Thomas was born 30 May 1861 in Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, son of Wesley Johnson Banks and Nancy Wells Talbot, died 25 April 1935 at his home south of Centerville in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
Unidentified Centerville Obituary - April 1935
  Thomas Wesley Banks, son of Wesley J. and Nancy Talbot Banks, was born in Putnam county, Indiana, May 30, 1861; died at his home south of town Thursday, April 25, 1935, at the age of 73 years, 10 months, 25 days.
  At the age of four years he came to this county with his parents and has resided in the county ever since.
  On February 17, 1892, he was united in marriage to Eva J. Criswell and to this union two children were born, a son, dying in infancy, and a daughter, Mrs. Dwight Hughes of Centerville. Besides the wife and daughter he is survived by one brother, Frank T. Banks, and by five grandchildren, other relatives and a host of loving friends.
  Funeral services were held Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church conducted by the Rev. Frank A. Wilder and burial was at Jerome, Iowa.
Card of Thanks
  We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness and sympathy, and for the beautiful flowers, during the sickness and death of our husband, father and brother.
  --Mrs. Eva Banks
  --Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Hughes and family
  --Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Banks 
Unidentified Centerville Obituary - April 1935
Thomas Banks Is Called To Death
Aged Farmer and Long Time Resident South of Centerville
Succumbs After Long Illness
  Following ill health during the recent winter Thomas Wesley Banks, age 72, long time farmer and resident south of Centerville, died at 8:45 p.m. yesterday.  In death he is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Dwight Hughes, and one brother, Frank Banks, all of Centerville.
  Mr. Banks had lived the major portion of his life in this vicinity and was widely known, his death bringing sorrow to a host of friends and relatives.
  Funeral services are to be held from the Methodist Episcopal church of this city at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28.  Burial will be in the Jerome cemetery and the Rev. Frank A. Wilder, Methodist pastor will officiate. Complete obituary announcements will be published later.
Unidentified Obituaries - June 1943
Mrs. Thomas Banks
  Eva J. Criswell, daughter of John V. and Mary Ann Criswell, was born April 29, 1865, and passed away at her home Sunday, June 20 at 6:30 a.m. at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 22 days.
  She united in marriage with Thomas W. Banks on February 17, 1892.  Two children were born to this union, a son dying in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Dwight W. Hughes of this city.  Mr. Banks preceded his wife in death April 25, 1935.
  She is survived by 5 grandchildren, Harold, serving in the U. S. Coast Guard, Raymond of Beloit, Wis., and Marjorie, Wayne and Glen of Centerville.
  She joined the Numa M. E. church in 1885, and later transferred her membership to the M. E. church of Centerville.
  She was a member of the Golden Links Sunday School class and was a women of splendid character whose death is mourned by a wide circle of friends and relatives.
  Funeral services were conducted at the Miller Funeral Home at 2:30 Wednesday, June 23, 1843 by the Rev. Lester Greenwood and burial was in the Jerome cemetery.
Card of Thanks
  We wish to thank all our friends and neighbors for their many kind deeds and beautiful floral offering during our bereavement.
  --Mr. and Mrs. Dwight W. Hughes and family
Mrs. Thomas W. Banks
  CENTERVILLE--Mrs. Thomas W. Banks, 78, of Centerville, died suddenly with a heart attack at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in her apartment at 112 North 15th Street, where she had lived for five years. She had been as well as usual until last week.
  She arose about 6 a.m. Sunday and was preparing to take a bath when she fell to the floor in the bedroom.  She was a member of the Golden Links Bible class of the First Methodist church and had been a resident of Appanoose county her entire life.  She was Miss Eva Criswell before her marriage.  She was born near Jerome April 29, 1865, the daughter of John V. and Mary Ann Criswell. She was the last survivor of her father's family. She was married to Thomas Wesley Banks February 17, 1892.
  Her husband died April 5, 1935. She was also preceded in death by one son, who died in infancy. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dwight Hughes, 621 West Washington street, Centerville, and five grandchildren. The body was brought to the Miller funeral home.
Mrs. Banks Funeral
  CENTERVILLE--Funeral services for Mrs. Thomas W. Banks of Centerville, who died suddenly at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at her home at 112 North 15th street, were held at the Miller funeral home at 2:30 p.m. today in charge of the Rev. Lester Greenwood, new pastor of the First Methodist church here. Burial was in the Jerome cemetery.

Thomas Wesley Banks and Eva Jane Criswell
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
  These obituaries were transcribed from the Hughes Banks Collection compiled by Linnie Banks Hughes (1894-1982) and donated by Raymond Hughes to the Genealogical Collection of the Drake Public Library in Centerville, Iowa. 

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