Clarence Banks was born December 31, 1935 to Vatell and Lucille Banks in Farmvill, VA. He was the second oldest of 18 brothers and sisters. Clarence gave his life to Christ at the age of 12 at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Farmville, VA. He graduated at Robert R. Morton High School in Prince Edward County. After graduation, he served two years in the United States Army. While serving in the military, Clarence met the love of his life, Joyce Kilmer in Goldsboro, NC in 1957. They were joined in holy matrimony in October 1959. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage.
After serving in the military, Clarence moved to Pennsylvania and worked at a factory for 35 years as a forklift operator to support his family. Clarence loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His passion in life was to serve God and to do is will. He joined Beloved Saint John Evangelistic Church and attended faithfully with his family. In the church ministry, Clarence got his calling to become and evangelist to teach and preach the gospel of Christ. In 2005, Clarence was ordained as a Deacon at the Beloved Saint John Evangelistic Church in Philadelphia. Clarence Banks anointing was in street ministry where he led many to Christ.
After a battle with an illness, on Friday February 18, 2022, God called Clarence home to his mansion to be with him. Preceded in his death his wife, Joyce Banks. He has five children: Thelma, Clarence Jr., Michael (deceased), Joseph (Timika), and Jammie (Charletta) Banks, all of Philadelphia, PA. Grandchildren: Ebony, Kyrhea, Isaiah, Crystal, Marquis, Dimytri, Warren and Joyce. Great Grandchildren: Nailah, Elizabeth, Arianny, Julianna. Deceased Brothers: Leroy, Carlton, Alfed, Larry, and Wilbert Banks. Brothers: Gary Banks (Jannie) of Richmond, VA, Allen Banks (Suzan) of Maryland, Lawrence Banks of Cumberland, VA, Theordore, Godfrey (Mary), Therman (Shirley) of Farmville, VA. Sisters: Florance Foster (Jack), Midred Cox, Barbara Pace, Sandra Moore (Cornell) from Richmond, VA, Brenda Edmonds (Ashley) of Charlotte, N.C., and Lynda Banks from Farmville, VA. With a host family and friends.
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