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Estill D. Banks, 85, of Lexington, Ky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Estill D. Banks, 85, of Lexington, Ky passed away Friday, February 14, 2014. Estill was born in Whitesburg, Ky, the only child of the late Lucky C. and Kathryn Sexton Banks. He was a graduate of Whitesburg High School and Eastern Ky University where he received a bachelors and masters degrees in business. Prior to completing his education, Estill served in the United States Army during the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge following his service in 1956.

Following completion of his education and military service, Estill married his loving wife Peggy Winn Banks, and began a career as an entrepreneur both in the coal and construction industries. Upon retirement from his business career in 1988, Estill devoted himself to his avid love for fishing and the game of golf. Enjoying their time together, the couple moved several times, living in Nicholasville, Ky; Sebring, Florida; Fort Myers, Florida and Irvington, Ky before returning to Lexington, Ky for their final years together. On each leg of the couple's journey, they made loving and enduring friendships who are of great comfort in this time of loss.

Upon his return to Lexington, Estill renewed old friendships and made many new and lasting ones, especially with friends and members of his church family at Calvary Baptist Church. But the overriding focus of his life became more centered on the love he shared for God, his wife, Peggy, and their children: Kathy Banks (Paul Schwab-husband) of College Station, TX; Estill Darrell Banks II (Ginger Banks- wife), of Lexington, Ky and Darrin Banks (Leigh Banks-wife), of Paintsville, Ky. and 13 grandchildren; Jeff, Zach, Matt, Dylan, Sarah, Ellie, Ty, Nick, Darrell, Anna, Berry, Sam and Britt, all of whom survive him. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Lexington Veterans Administration Hospital and Hospice of the Bluegrass for providing such compassionate and loving care to their beloved husband, father and Pop Pop.

Visitation will be Monday, February 17, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at Milward-Man O’ War. Memorial service will be Tuesday, February 18 at 12:00 noon at Milward-Man O’ War. Burial will follow at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Wounded Warriors Project or Calvary Baptist Church.

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