Louis Hoover Banks, Jr. was gifted light on December 3, 1964, born the second child and only son of Louis H. Banks Hoover, Sr. and Inez Oglesby Banks. Throughout his life Louis’ spirit, personality and character shined brightly and reflected on everyone he embraced.
As a young child, Louis was always outgoing and adventurous. He was that kid! You know, the one who was supposed to be within eyesight, but instead managed to make his way down the block to meet the new kids and invite them to join in on the game. This trait was carried into adulthood. No one was a stranger in his presence, and if he called you friend you were a friend for life. His theory? Hey, we’re just here for a short time, may as well have a good time in the meantime”! He was confident in who he was, and that was alright with him.
Reared in Chicago, Louis attended St. Mel Elementary School and Holy Trinity High School, a graduate of the class of 1983. He went on to attend Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. During his Youth, he was a member of the Jessie White tumbling team.
Louis’ faith in Christ was established at an early age at First Baptist Church and remained with him always.
Louis relocated to Memphis, Tennessee for an extended period of time. He worked with several organizations including Conrad Company, Circuit Test, Inc. and Lewellyn Manufacturing, Inc. He received an Autobody Training Certificate in 1992 from the Memphis Area Vocational School.
It was in Memphis that Louis met and married the love of his life, Jaqueline Phillips, on February 5, 1995. They were blessed with sons Darius Jermaine and D’Andre Anderson.
After his return to Chicago, Louis worked for several companies. In December 2002, Louis graduated from Dawson Technical Institute of Chicago with a certificate from the Carpentry Program. Over the years, Louis gradually developed a handyman service where he offered his many skills on a routine basis helping his clients with many projects. He continued this service until his health began to decline in 2018.
It may be a cliché, “To know Louis was to truly love him”…..but if needed, he was there. He was the life of the party, a friend when in need, that call in the middle of the night as if it were 2:00 in the afternoon, asking “what you up to?” If he met you once, he remembered you forever. So, when you remember Louis remember his laugh, his love….his light. It will forever be within you.
Continuing to walk in Louis’ Light: his loving mother Inez Banks; his affectionate wife Jacqueline; two charming sons Darius (Chiuna) and D’Andre; two grandchildren Darius, Jr. and Eziyah Blessin; an adoring sister Jovita (James); two caring nephews Jeremy (Rejeannda) and Jordan; two tender aunts Elnora and Johnnie Mae; his warmhearted uncle Robert (Geraldine); and a host of special cousins and kind friends.
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