Promoted to Glory: Captain James Banks

Captain James Banks, 88, was Promoted to Glory on Monday, January 2, 2023, from his home in Savannah, Georgia.

James Hamilton Banks was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 8, 1934. He served for 20 years in the United States Air Force before retirement from the military. He then entered a second career as a Salvation Army officer, a member of the Proclaimers Of The Faith Session. Jim and his wife of 66 years, Virginia, spent their entire career in the Georgia Division as corps officers in Valdosta, Marietta, Waycross, Griffin, and Jonesboro—and later at the Georgia DHQ as assistant divisional disaster director and property officer. They retired from active service on June 30, 1999, with the rank of captain.

He graduated from St. Leo’s College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. He was a lifelong Salvationist having love for its music and musical programs as well as being a bandsman and bandmaster. He was a lover of laughter and fellowship with others.

Captain Banks is survived by his wife of 66 years, Captain Virginia Louella Beasley Banks; a son and daughter-in-law; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Friday, January 6, 2023, at Baker McCullough Funeral Home, Savannah, Georgia; with interment to follow in Hillcrest Abbey East Cemetery.

Major Frank Duracher