BERTHA MAE BLACKWELL BANKS, daughter of the late John Blackwell and Donnie Bowser Blackwell, was born on February 24, 1933, in Halifax County, North Carolina. She was called home to eternal rest with the Lord on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Her formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System. She relocated to Brooklyn, New York, and remained for several years until she returned home to Halifax County. In 1976, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Richard L. Banks, and she lived a long, blessed life.
Bertha Mae attended Campbell Mitchell Beauty Academy and enjoyed her work as a beautician. She also became employed at the former J.P. Stevens and Company of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and retired after twenty years of dedicated service. After retiring, she spent her time caring for her many nieces and nephews. She loved her family and always had a joke to tell even when she wasn’t feeling her best.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Louise Taylor, Mary Elizabeth Conyers, Rosa Lee Williams, and Ernestine Felder.
Those left with precious memories to forever cherish are her husband, Richard L. Banks of the home; her son, Carlos Belton (Shana Harville) of the home; her grandson, Keshawn Johnson, and her granddaughter, KeAsia Johnson of Richmond, VA; three sisters, Della Lee Long of Philadelphia, PA, Edith Jones of Oxon Hill, MD, and Delois Woodard of Waldorf, MD; her goddaughter, Queen Shade of Clinton, MD; her sister-in-law, Florine Howard; three brothers-in-law, William Banks, Linwood Banks, and James Felder; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A wake will be held at 10:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Quankey Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Joseph Battle, will officiate, and burial will follow in the Manley Family Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC.