The Picayune Item
Fight the good fight of faith…(1 Timothy 6:12) Bernice Griffin Blanks was born July 27, 1928 to the late Silvester Griffin and Susie Griffin Woods. She was the oldest child of this union. Bernice united in holy matrimony with Rodgers W. Banks, and to this union six children were born.
Bernice accepted Christ at an early age. She joined the East Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. E.H. Hart in Picayune, Miss., at an early age. She was active in the choir, served as secretary of Mission #2, and used her gift of stewardship as financial secretary of the church. Her 12 years of services were of such high caliber that she received a plaque commemorating her dedication. Mother Bernice was a tremendous cook, who generously shared her gifts in her church and community. She ministered life to people through her generous giving. Working as a seamstress at D.L. Cleaners, she remained faithful in all her endeavors there in Picayune until her move to Albuquerque.
Mother Bernice moved to Albuquerque, N.M. There she joined the New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church and served faithfully in many capacities, including volunteer providing food to children at the New Hope Christian Academy as well the homeless and underemployed at Project Share; member, Bible Institute Older Adult Class; and member, Senior Choir. She volunteered her culinary skills for numerous special events. Mother Bernice is most known for being a Titus 2 woman, training and encouraging others with her great wisdom. Her beautiful smile and demeanor were infectious to all who knew her. Mother Blanks received numerous awards and certificates for her service in ministry, including city-wide recognition as the Citizen Award receipt for New Hope Church. Her mission work being completed, she responded to God’s call home on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Mother Bernice Blanks was preceded in death by: her mother and father, Silvester and Susie Griffin; her husband, Roger; two of her six children, Rainey and Elizabeth.
She leaves to treasure her memory: her children, Mrs. Louella Jamison of Albuquerque, Pastor Rosalind Solomon, Mr. Frank (Joyce) Fields; and Mrs. Susan (Alexander) Paige of Slidell, La.; one sister, Mrs. Barbara (the Rev. Tommie) Haralson of Picayune; two brothers, the Rev. Walter B. (Andrea) Woods of Hutchinson, Kan., and Mr. James (Aundrel) Woods of Baton Rouge, La.; one granddaughter, Keishawn; one grandson, Mr. Lamont J. Paige of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother-in-law, the Rev. Louis Burton of Picayune; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30, 2013 at New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church, under the direction of Daniels Family Funeral Services in Albuquerque.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at East Jerusalem Baptist Church. The Rev. Tommy Haralson will officiate assisted by Pastor Brian K. Dees.
Interment will follow in the Picayune Cemetery.
Entrusted to Brown’s Funeral Home.