Celebrating the life of Elder Armond Banks Jr.
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At the end of a decade of scant portions and murky expectations known as the Great Depression, there was cause for a great celebration. On the tenth day of August in 1939 out of Alachua County in the sunshine state of Florida, joyful tidings rang out….. “It’s a boy, it’s a baby boy,” On that day, no parents were more blessed than Armond and Yankee Banks as they witnessed the delivery of their son, Armond Banks Jr., by a dutiful midwife and steward of pediatric care. Although baby Armond did not have the luxurious accommodations of material wealth, God showered his life with majestic favor from the time of his birth. From birth, he grew up as a dutiful and hard-working young man that developed a love for church and God at an early age. The pentecostal tunes that echoed from the local holiness church quickly drew him in during the formative years of his life. Accordingly, Armond joined the holiness church in his youth as he pursued his passion for Jesus Christ. This passion led him to accept the Redeemer in his heart as he bowed himself in humble submission. Armond was never the same once he surrendered his life to the Lord and heard the call of ministry.
Ministry took Armond many places inside of the Word of God and he became a lifelong student of the Holy scriptures. Armond never dreamed of all of the spiritual places that he would travel as God gave him revelation and insight into divine purpose. As Armond walked in divine purpose, his footsteps were soon imprinted down the aisle of matrimony on December 8, 1960 after he met the love of his life, Tennie Bell Long. Armond truly answered the age-old question: Who can find a virtuous woman? Yes, his heart could safely trust in her and from their union, six children were born. Armond was an excellent father and modeled integrity and humility before his family. Moreover, after being ordained as a minister, the Elder Armond Banks honored God with a reputation as a wholesome family man.
As an elder, Armond Banks, has served as a faithful and supportive member of the church. His love for the word and meek disposition has entreated many to experience the knowledge of Christ. In a world of uncertainty and adversity, the life of Armond Banks is a testimony of the power of salvation. Overcoming daunting statistics and hopeless probabilities, Armond Banks is the success story of how a broken life is transformed through spiritual transfiguration. This success story consists of many years of intensive manual labor in order to raise and financially support his children. The many years of toil culminated with a retirement award for thirty years of service in custodial work from the Alachua County School Board. In sum, the honorable Armond Banks has left tremendous shoes for the next generation to walk in. More so, his honor has left more than footprints. Armond Banks has left a legacy of righteousness, hope, patience, long-suffering, respect, diligence, and love.
At the end of his life, the Elder Armond Banks took many days to reflect on childhood memories, matters of the heart, and lifetime experiences. During this time, he meditated on the Word of God and resided in a supernatural state of peace. Truly, God was preparing a place of eternal rest for his servant. Early in the quiet morning time on Wednesday, October 23rd, around 1:00 a.m., God called Armond home and he slipped away in his sleep. Armond had an “Enoch” experience. After walking with God, he was not to be found in his earthly body, but in the presence of the Resurrection and the Life.
The Elder Armond Banks has left behind many beautiful and heartfelt moments that his loved ones can cherish forever. He was preceded in death by his parents: Armond Banks Sr. and Yankee Banks, wife, Tennie Banks, daughter, Cynthia Shorter, and brother, the Elder Ned Banks.
Among those who will cherish his memory include: five children: Calvin Banks of Gainesville, FL, Evelyn Banks of Gainesville, Fl, Felicia West (Glenn) of Laurel, MD., Dawnette Banks of Laurel, MD., and Darlene Collins (Elmo) of Orlando, Fl; 1 sister: Mae C. Banks; grandchildren: Byron Shorter Jr., Matthew Shorter, Jeremy Shorter, Ryan Shorter, Phillip Shorter, Charna Banks, Sophia West, Gabriel West, Marshay Collins, Tyshay Collins, Brittany Collins; son-in-law: Byron Shorter Sr, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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727 NW 2nd Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
1230 NE 156 Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609
1230 NE 156 Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609