Helen Mary Thomas-Bankey, 91 of Verbena, Al, passed away on May 19, 2016 at her home. She was born on January 11, 1925 in Tovey, IL the daughter of Douglas and Helen Foltynewicz McWinnie. She married Billy J. Thomas on July 29, 1944 and he later preceded her in death in 1983. Helen then married Arnold Bankey in 1994 and he also preceded her in death in 1995.


She is survived by her daughter: Barbara Wood of Verbena, Sons: Edward W. (Ann) Thomas of Taylorville, IL; Paul (Cindy) Thomas of Verbena; Six Grandchildren; Eight Great-Grandchildren and Three Great-Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Daniel, Lawrence and Douglas McWhinnie, Daughter: Marie Elaine Thomas; Son Roger Kenneth Thomas; Grandchild Thomas Ross Farichild and her husband’s Billy J. Thomas and Arnold O. Bankey.


A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Kincaid Church of God in Kincaid, IL with Pastor Jacob Skelton officiating. Inurnment will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville immediately following the memorial service.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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