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Ms. Jeanette Banks Ealy

Obituary for Ms. Jeanette Banks Ealy

May 12, 1956 - February 20, 2021
Crestview, Florida | Age 64

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Sister


Jeanette Banks-Ealy, age 64 of Crestview, FL, was born in Goshen, AL, on May 12th, 1956 and entered into eternal life on February 20, 2021 at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, AL. She was one of seven children born to the late Deacon Jesse and Sister Olean Banks. Jeanette attended Carver Hill School and once schools integrated, Jeanette attended Crestview Senior High School where she became the first African American cheerleader as co-captain. She also enjoyed competing on debate teams. Jeanette graduated from Crestview Senior High School in spring of 1974. After graduation, she attended Florida State University before relocating to Keene, New Hampshire in 1975 to become a mathematician. She spent a couple of years in New Hampshire before relocating to Detroit, MI in 1977. While there, she managed Medical Center Village, an apartment complex. Jeanette returned to Crestview, FL in 1986. She maintained jobs at North Okaloosa Medical Center and Crestview Housing Authority before retiring from the Department of Children and Families with the State of Florida after over 20 years. Jeanette was no longer able to work after suffering a major health issues 2011. After her retirement, Jeanette enjoyed going fishing and on other short car rides, even if she had no real destination. She also enjoyed watching her "stories." Family and friends knew not to call her while her soap operas were on. Throughout her life, she never lost her ability to make people laugh. You could always hear her coming by her whistle.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents Deacon Jesse and Sister Olean Banks, Brother Thaddeus Banks and Sister Lela "Tippy" Banks.
Jeanette leaves behind her children Sonya and James Hayes of Youngstown, OH, Patrice Ealy and Izell Ealy of Crestview, Fl, her six grandchildren Tamia, Avonte, Zavion, Jayden, Khyrie, Londyn and two great grandchildren Jeremiah and Kain her special friend, Ieral Wilkes, and her siblings Lucy Wilkerson of Detroit, MI, Brenda and Donald Jernigan of Crestview, FL, Anita Banks- Montgomery and William Montgomery of Woodbridge, VA and Douglas and Arlene Banks of Mossy Head, FL and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other close relatives and loved ones.



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