The Times West Virginian


January 2, 2014

Cyrus “Cy” Banks

Cyrus “Cy” Wilson Banks, 81, of Rivesville, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 1, 2014), at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Petersburg on Jan. 30, 1932, a son of the late Oscar Emmons and Nelle (Straight) Banks.

Cy proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy. He was first employed with Jane Lew Water Treatment Plant, where he worked in waste management. He then went on to work in Dover, Del., at Dover Air Force Base in the water plant, retiring from there as a superintendent.

Following his retirement, he raised chickens in Delaware for Purdue Farms. He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge No. 7 of Delaware. He enjoyed kayaking, hiking, oil painting, carving woodwork, mowing the grass and tinkering with his tractors.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty E. (Fleming) Banks of Rivesville; one son, Brent Fleming Banks and his wife Beverly of Rivesville; and one grandchild, Benjamin Fleming Banks of New Mexico.

Also surviving is one sister, Patricia Coleman of Delaware, and a brother-in-law, William Frinsko of Illinois.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Oscar “Dab” Banks; a sister, Jo Ann Frinsko; and a brother-in-law, Robert Coleman.

Family and friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, on Friday from 1-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Adam Stuck officiating.

In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, his body will be cremated following the funeral service.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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