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Lee Banks – August 4, 2017

Lee Banks, 62, of Amarillo, died Friday, August 4, 2017.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Grace Church with Bill Gehm, pastor officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Lee was born on July 16, 1955 in Amarillo, Texas to Bobby and Esther Banks. Lee graduated from Tascosa High School in 1973.  He played the saxophone in the band and went to Amarillo College and graduated from WTAMU.
He met his wife and soul mate Carla and they married October 3, 1975. Lee and Carla had two children, Jean Marie Banks and Karlton Lee Banks. He was a locksmith and had his own shop, Banks Lock Shop.  He then worked at West Texas A&M University as the Lock Shop manager.
Lee loved his family and friends and his faith in Jesus Christ never faltered. He enjoyed riding his Harley, loved his dog, Titus, and cooking for family and friends.
Lee was a founding member of Grace Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Lee is survived by his wife, Carla, of the home; two children, Jean Marie Banks and Karlton Banks and wife Melissa; a granddaughter, Laynlee Scout Banks, a sister, Evonne House; two nephews; one great-nephew; his parents-in-law, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, aunts and extended family, all of Amarillo.
Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.


  • Gary Hall Posted August 5, 2017 8:24 pm

    Carla and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Lee was a beautiful man of God and I am thankful that his suffering is over and he is sitting proudly at the feet of Jesus tonight.

  • Martha Allred Posted August 6, 2017 11:31 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Carla, Jean Marie and Karlton. Lee was a very special person and his memory will live on in the lives of his family and friends.

  • Virgil/Helen Hillock Posted August 6, 2017 12:34 pm

    We are so sad for your great loss. What a precious man Lee was and now we know he is with the Lord Jesus in his new glorified body!! we praise God, but know how missed he will be. He came up to the hospital years ago to see our grandson Triston, who was a very sick little guy and Lee offered to give him a ride on his motorcyle when he got well. When we went to Grace Church he was always one of our favorite persons. God bless you sweet Lee and give your family peace

  • Judy McDougall Posted August 6, 2017 3:47 pm

    My heart hurts with you. Such a great man now in heaven watching over us. Special Angel. Jean please dont quit dancing. He was so proud of his little ballerina. I love you all.

  • Stephen Cross Posted August 6, 2017 10:21 pm

    Lee was a great man. I will miss him.

  • Bill and Cindy Conn Posted August 6, 2017 10:55 pm

    Carla and family,
    We are praying for you all during this most difficult time of loss. Our joy is knowing he is now with our heavenly father with no more pain and suffering. May you feel the love and the arms of Jesus wrapped around you right now knowing he is with you all. We are so thankful to have served together with Lee and you in ministry many years ago. Love you all. Bill and Cindy Conn

  • greg cantwell Posted August 7, 2017 5:02 am

    Lee is one of the good ones. He left a quite mark on me. I got to enjoy Lee watching our sons playing baseball at Tascosa. What a good guy…

  • Janet Howe Posted August 7, 2017 9:38 am

    Carla and Family,
    I’m so sorry for Lee’s passing, but rejoice in knowing that he is no longer in pain and he is in the presence of Jesus right now.
    Love to you all.

  • JoAnna B Gisch Posted August 7, 2017 1:09 pm

    To Carla, your children and family – Lee was such an example to us at WTAMU of a giving, sharing Christian man. I knew he would share his faith and strength with me as I went through losses of my own. Carla, you and he together were such a wonderful team in Christ. His joy in cooking for all of us will never be forgotten. He was such a calm joy to work with. I thank God for sharing him with us. Now he is home with his Father. You have my prayers for the peace and comfort that only our God is powerful enough to grant.

  • Patsy Wells Posted August 7, 2017 2:08 pm

    Carla and family, my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

  • April Swindell Posted August 7, 2017 3:51 pm

    Carla and Family,
    My deepest condolences for the loss of Lee. Lee was always a wonderful man who loved to laugh and give me a hard time. He will be truly missed. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    April Swindell

  • Paul french Posted August 8, 2017 1:13 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours . Please know Lee was a very good man

  • Byron Alexander Posted August 8, 2017 4:53 pm

    Lee was a great person. Prayers for Carla and Jean Marie.

  • Jenifer kunz Posted August 8, 2017 5:56 pm

    Lee was a really good man. He took a couple of classes from me at WT. He loved learning. He will be missed by many. May the Lord give you comfort at this time.

  • Robert and Linda Byrd Posted August 9, 2017 11:05 am

    We were so sad to be out of town when Lee passed. It is a relief for Lee to be with Jesus, but our prayers for you, Carla, and the family will continue as you walk this hard road. We love you!

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