Mary Ella Banks Lamkin passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2009 in San Antonio at the age of 87. Mary was born on May 30, 1922 in Robstown, Texas to Leroy and Lergirtha Banks. She accepted Christ at a very early age, uniting with the local African Methodist Episcopal Church. She later united with the Greater Corinth Baptist Church, where she was a devoted member. She attended public school in Kingsbury, Brusher Community, and Robstown. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, J.B., Adolph, Alvin, and Elmo Banks, and sister, Ceilla Banks Gossip. Mary leaves to cherish her memory four children, Felmo James Hardeman, Helen Rice, Carl and Foster Lamkin; 17 grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Corine Banks, Cliftine Banks and Verdie Lamkin; brother-in-law, Clarence Lamkin, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at the Meadowlawn Tribute Center, 5415 E. Houston St. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at Greater Corinth Baptist Church, 500 S. New Braunfels Ave. Burial will follow at Southern Memorial Cemetery.

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  1. I am very sorry for the loss of your dearly beloved one. We suffer because of Adam and Eve disobedience. But through Jesus death we have hope. We yearn for the day when sickness and the aging process is reversed. We yearn to see our dear loved ones again. Jesus promised, the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out -John chapter 5 verses 28 and 29. Also Isaiah 33:24 and Job 33:25.

  2. To Foster & Family, Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. From your fellow Montique member and band brother for life Tonnie Lee Cobbs Sr. and family – Rosylin, TJ & Aaron.

  3. To a very sweet woman i had the pleasure of meeting and knowing if only it was for a short period of time.I didnt know much about you as a youth ,but im glad i did get to know you some of my adult life.Im glad my kids had the chance to meet you as well and know they have anther grandmother.Im grateful that you gave me a chance to get to know you as my grand mother “Big Mom”,and me as your granddaughter,ill always cherish the few moments we did share.Youll always have a place in my heart for that!”Even though moments were few youll always be BIG MOM to me….love always…..Your Grand daughter…Tahieta Johnson….n kids…..Jovan Shunia Jarred Patrick Jordan….

  4. Ms.Rice & Kadijah I’m very sorry to hear about your “Big Momma” she was a very special person to many.Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your famiy.

  5. We share in your sadness in the loss of Aunt Mary Ella and you have our deepest sympathy. We will be praying daily for you.

  6. Foster I’sorry to hear about your pretty lady. I’m going to miss her just as well.give me a call @(404)246-9674 BLOOD brother till the the end E strang

  7. To Mr. Lamkin and Family, I was so sorry to hear about the lost of your mother. May God be your strength during this season of grief. Your loss is Heaven’s gain.

  8. This is the time when your relationship with God becomes your strenth. Your trust in his word that she being one of his children is with him now. You are in our prayers

  9. I am so very sorry to hear about your mother. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. I know that God will give you the strength to endure this great loss.

  10. Foster, I just learned of your loss. Please take this message as an expression of my condolences. I know that your life is forever impacted by her existence; as a result, you will always have her as a part of you. Ebongo

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