Celebrating the life of Elsie Caudill Banks
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She taught at Kingdom Come, Big Cowan, Pert Creek, and Thomas School on Little Cowan. While teaching, she attended summer sessions at Pikeville College. Elsie stayed in touch with many of her students throughout her life.
In 1973, Elsie began her exciting career as a newspaper columnist with the famous Mountain Eagle, writing the Cowan News for the next thirty years. This provided her much pleasure.
In 1986, Elsie was quoted in the CAP Magazine as to why she wrote her news column: ..."It was good to hear from our friends when they moved away. I guess we thought we would always live close together."
Elsie, her father Hiram, and grandfather Isham lived from George Washington's second term as President of the United States until the day of Elsie's passing.
In 1989, at the State Convention of Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Lexington, Elsie and her first cousin, Venessa Adams Davis, were recognized as third generation descendants of their ancestor, Revolutionary War Patriot, long hunter James Caudill. DAR knew of only one other person in Kentucky with their status, and she was physically unable to attend.
Elsie was the oldest member of the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church, which she loved. She was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, and the Pine Mountain Chapter of the DAR.
Elsie was always highly pleased when the members of the Masonic Lodge, #754, and the Shriners would recognize her for her support. She was also awarded a plaque by the VFW for her positive reporting of their activities.
Elsie was preceded in death by her husband of sixty two years, Bert C. Banks, a son Johnny Hiram, and her parents Hiram Sampson Caudill and Annie Ethel Vermillion Fleenor Caudill. Also by her two sisters, Gladys Marie (Charley) Pitts and Lou Annie (Earl) Banks, and five brothers, John Patton (Pearl) Fleenor, Charley Vermillion Caudill, Cassel Robert (Bulah) Caudill, Walter Edison (Geneva) Caudill, and Burnice Lovel (Madge) Caudill. Survivors are Carl Bennett and Marsha Kincer Banks.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to: Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church, 735 Highway 2035, Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858
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