Ella Banks Weathers Boyle was born into the world in Bullock Creek, SC on November 10, 1922 and passed away suddenly but peacefully in her sleep at home in Black Mountain, NC on July 7, 2013 where she had lived in a vibrant community of many close friends. Ella Banks was a warm and major presence in the lives of everyone who knew her. She was an exuberant 17-year-old at heart until her last day. Her many friends and extended family relied on Ella Banks' radiant cheer, her tireless love, her sprightly sense of humor, her sharp mind, and her wisdom, discernment and insights.
Ella Banks had a passionate, lifelong love affair with William Porter Boyle whom she married at the age of 21, losing him to cancer on December 14, 2007. Ella Banks and Bill moved to West Jefferson, NC where Bill was appointed to his first church. Then in 1949 they checked into a stateroom on a freighter bound for the mission field in Japan with Bill Jr., age 3 and Jack, age 1-1/2. Two more sons, David and Don, were born in Japan. Ella dedicated her life to caring for her family and community in Tokushima, Japan where she home-schooled her four boys. Thanks to Ella Banks' vivacity, curiosity, and mutual affection with everyone they knew, her family have always remembered the years in Japan as a truly magical time.
In 1966, the family moved to Decatur, Georgia, and Ella Banks began a twenty-year career as a social worker coordinating volunteer services and adoptions for DeKalb County. She and Bill moved to Black Mountain in 2003, where she lived a life of active love for those around her, patiently demonstrating and vocalizing her principles of faith and service.
Ella Banks believed wholeheartedly in the forward progress of civilization driven by constant urging to go beyond the daily struggle for our own needs. She was a tireless proponent of democracy, fairness and giving, built on the belief that God is Love for all.
Bio by: Perry Sprawls