Joyce Banister passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Jeffersonville, Ind.
In her youth, Joyce joined Oak Grove Baptist Church and was baptized in the Cumberland River in Canton. Following her marriage, she joined Cadiz United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school in different departments, served on numerous committees, worked as secretary in the church office, and served as a delegate to the annual Methodist conference for numerous years.
Joyce also attended Union Ridge Baptist Church in Marshall County and Sellersburg United Methodist Church in Sellersburg, Ind.
Joyce was a charter member of the Cadiz Women’s Club where she served on the constitution and bylaws committee, a member of the Ophelia Chapter No. 55, Order of the Eastern Star, a lifetime member of the Thomas-Bridges Association where she served in every elective office, on the resolutions committee and as a correspondent to long time editors, Edison H. Thomas and Charles Kenneth Bridges; a member of the James Thomas Chapter of the American Revolution.
She was a former member of the Trigg County Historical Society, the Trigg County PTA and the Trigg County Band Boosters. Joyce was also a Kentucky Colonel. Her hobbies included genealogy, scrap booking, quilting, cross-stitching, crocheting, sewing, her camera and last, but not least, spending time with her family and friends.
Joyce was always sharing the past with anyone and could always find a family “connection” with all. All would agree Joyce never met a stranger. She was a1946 Trigg County High School Honor graduate. She attended Nashville Business College and Murray State University. Joyce had been employed at Trigg County Farmers Bank and retired as president and general manager of Trigg County Insurance Agency.
With an insatiable appetite for knowledge, Joyce said the best gift she ever received was when she was 10 years old; a dictionary her Thomas grandparents ordered by sending a quarter and a Rectonga box top (Rectonga was a tonic they used). In her golden years, among her clutter there was always a dictionary within arm’s reach. She kept abreast of current events by reading a daily newspaper and watching world news on TV nightly.
She is survived by a brother, Ned Davis (and wife Martha) of Trigg County; two daughters, Dr. Suzanne Banister of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Betsy Scroggins (and husband Steve) of Aurora; one granddaughter, Casey Linn Drane (and husband James) of Sellersburg, Ind., with whom she made her home; two great-grandsons, Eli James Drane and Samuel Davis Drane, of Sellersburg, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Marian R. Davis of Hopkinsville and Mary B. Graham of Cadiz; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Claude E. and Sue Banister of Memphis, Tenn.; two honorary grandchildren, Benji Allen and Tori Scroggins, both of Trigg County; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Serving as active pallbearers were Jesse Ordunez, Kenny Davis, Michael Phillips, Tom Davis, Tim Davis and George St. Onge. Honorary pallbearers were Brent Thompson, William Lawrence, W.C. Hendricks, Vernon Hendricks, Dale Light, Bobby Skinner, David Shore and Donnie Scroggins. Music was provided by Gary Thompson and Roy Marquess, Jr., vocalist. Memorial donations may be made to: Starkie Thomas Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 2050, Cadiz, KY 42211.