Celebrating the life of

Savannah Adolai Banks

December 05, 2001 - January 17, 2023

Savannah Adolai Banks

Savannah Adolai Banks, 21, passed away unexpectedly on January 17th, 2023 after a lifelong battle with the disease Neurofibromatosis 1, which causes epileptic seizures. She passed away from a seizure in her sleep. 

Savannah was born in Jacksonville, FL on December 5th, 2001. She is the daughter of Joel (Ernie) and Lisa Marie Banks and the sister of Reagan and Piper Banks. She graduated from Savannah Classical Academy in 2020 with 42 college credit hours. Savannah was a member of Eden Village Church. She was saved and baptized at the Point Community Church in Frankfort, KY. 

Savannah started a new job at Gulfstream Aerospace as a Data Analyst in 2023. She recently worked at Rachel’s in Georgetown as a waitress. She spent the majority of her work life with the Islands Family YMCA as a head lifeguard and aquatics coordinator. She worked in her passion of culinary arts as a catering assistant to Nora Von Duyke with Pantry Elf. 

Savannah leaves behind her grandparents Nancy and John Wood of Black Creek, GA, Alfred and Rita Banks of Ellabell, GA, and Charles Drake of Savannah, GA and was predeceased by Linda Drake of Mentone, AL. Her aunts and uncles are as follows; Alfred (Bubba) and Natalie Banks of Ellabell, GA, Christine and Chad McCollough of Chattanooga,TN and Lina Drake and the late Ryan Drake of Auburn, CA. Savannah’s cousins are as follows; Garrett Banks, Madison and Tim Cannady, Cooper and Crue McCollough, and Dixie and Dawson Drake. Savannah also leaves behind many sweet friends, step-aunts, uncles and cousins. 

The memorial service will be held at Compassion Christian Church Downtown (611 W Jones Street) Monday, January 23rd at 2 pm. There will be a celebration of life following the memorial service at the Savannah Boat House (8020 Highway 80 E.) A private interment ceremony will take place at a later date at Greenwich Cemetery, Savannah, GA. 

Flowers can be sent to Fox and Weeks Funeral Home 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive Savannah, GA 31406. In addition to flowers, gifts in Savannah’s memory can be made to the



I’m so sorry to hear about Savannah. My heart is with you at this time. Hugs to you all

- Kathy Miller, Savannah , GA

I am so sorry to hear this news about Savannah. Even though I was only her Nurse at Savannah Classical, she would always greet me every morning when she got to school. She was such a sweet and precious young lady. I will always remember her smile and sweet personality. Love Nurse Sutton❤️❤️❤️

- Tiffany sutton, Chesapeake , VA

I am so sorry for your loss. Savannah was truly a bright shining star and I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to experience her beauty both inside and out. She was an amazing student and friend. My heartfelt prayers to the family. May God continue to hold you and comfort you.

- SaRonna Jackson, Savannah, GA

My heart breaks for Lisa and family on the loss of such a sweet, intelligent and beautiful young lady. Sending hugs and prayers for peace and comfort.

- Jeanne Voxnaes, Savannah, GA

Savannah was my closest friend of 11 years. Im so grateful to have had the pleasure of loving her for so long. Her beauty, grace, love, and kindness I will always carry with me. Rest in Peace, my dear friend.

- Trinity Nettles, Savannah, GA

I’m so sorry for Savannah’s passing. She was a true sweetheart. I feel sad for those left behind. However, I’m sure everyone can find solace that she is with her Lord and feeling so much peace and love. God bless .

- Heather Anderson, SAVANNAH, GA

As friends and family go through this tough time, remember she is at peace and watching over us ❤️ I love you Banks family

- Hailey Stellhorn, Savannah, Ga

I am so sorry for your loss. Savannah inspired me--and so many others--with her joyful, generous nature and bright mind. I feel lucky to have had such a special student and to have watched her grow into the wonderful, accomplished woman she became. My heart is with you all in this difficult time.

- Catherine Killingsworth, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Savannah inspired me--and so many others--with her joyful, generous nature and bright mind. I feel lucky to have had such a special student and to have watched her grow into the wonderful, accomplished woman she became. My heart is with you all in this difficult time.

- Catherine Killingsworth, Savannah, GA

I am heartbroken for your family. Although I did not know Savannah, I teach her sisters, Reagan and Piper, two of the sweetest girls I know. I am thankful for Savannah's salvation and the peace you all have knowing that she is with Jesus. Praying that His comfort and peace will permeate the days to come. Love and Hugs, Marcia Herndon

- Marcia Herndon, Savannah, GA

I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Suzanne Showalter, Savannah, Ga

Our hearts go out to your family. Savannah was a lovely girl and always so sweet and polite. You are in our prayers. God bless you all. Love, Gail and John

- Gail and John Buttersworth, Statesboro, Ga

Lisa, Ernie, and family - we are so sorry to hear of Savannah’s passing - our hearts ache for all of you. We’re sorry we won’t be there for her service, but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Coleen Yahner, Willoughby, OH

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Savannah, although I didn’t know her, I know the loss is tough for family and friends. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to y’all during this difficult time. May god hold you close!

- Tori Andrews, Savannah , Ga

My heart breaks for you, Lisa. But given her short time here, Savannah couldn’t have been born into a better family. Your love of her and the passion for life you share with your family is so special.

- Mari Carswell, Pooler, Ga

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter. Praying for comfort and piece for your entire family. Love you

- Nicole Webb, Hixson, USA_TN

Dear Ernie, Lisa, Reagan and Piper. There are no words to describe how saddened we are about Savannah’s passing; such a sweet, beautiful young lady both inside and out. Please know that our prayers have been going up everyday on your behalf and we are holding you all very close in our hearts. May God surround you all with His love, give you His perfect peace and strengthen you for the road ahead❤️❤️❤️❤️

- The Isaac Family, Savannah, Georgi

Charlie, I'm so sorry to hear this type of news, my prays arewithyou Ken

- Kenneth Wright, Powell, TN

Charlie we are so saddened by this news of a precious lif cut short. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Please know we are keeping you all in our hearts and prayers.

- Jim & Lin McLean, Knoxville, TN

Savannah was a classmate and friend to Ahmari. We have heard some fond memories of her. She welcomed Ahmari and that brings joy to our hearts that she brought joy to his life. We are all deeply saddened to hear of her passing. We pray that God comforts you and bring you the strength that you need during this difficult time. Please hold on to your memories of Savannah and let them ease the pain in your heart.

- Pat A Cake Learning Academy , Savanna’s , Georgia

Ernie, Lisa, Regan, and Piper: Savannah was a beautiful, intelligent soul who left an indelible imprint on the lives of those who were blessed to know her. Savannah made an impact on me, and through her, your family too, as I was beginning my career in education. I will forever fondly remember Savannah’s sharp mind, compassionate heart, determined and focused work ethic, and willingness to do what was right over what was easy. All of us who knew her as a member of the SCA community count ourselves blessed for knowing you all. I pray that God continues to be with each of you as you do what feels impossible. May you rest in the truth of the Lord’s promises, and may we all live with anticipation of the joyous reunion with Savannah in holy, holy, holy communion with our Lord. Lovingly, Kayla Fletcher (former teacher at SCA)

- Kayla Fletcher , Houston, Texas

Charlie I want to express my condolences to you and your family as Savannah has went home to see Jesus. There are no words to say except she is home, free from sickness and pain to spend eternity with Jesus. Some day you will see her again.

- Harry N Reisinger Jr, Ellwood City, Pa 16117

My severe sympathy,prayers for the family. Me and Layla wants to see y'all especially Piper. Your life time friends.

- Gracie Wilkins , Savannah , Georgia

My severe sympathy,prayers for the family. Me and Layla wants to see y'all especially Piper. Your life time friends.

- Gracie Wilkins , Savannah , Georgia

It was truly my honor and daily pleasure to teach Savannah! Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter. We all loved her so much at SCA, and the world will forever miss that lovely smile. ❤️❤️

- Maureen Petrillo, Dacula, Georgia

Savannah was a great Aquatics Coordinator and a great friend. - Tyler Thrasher. Former Co-Worker.

- Thrasher, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

Ernie we know that we haven’t seen y’all in years but we love you and am so sorry for your loss. I wish that we had a chance to know her. No doubt in my mind that she was beautiful and strong. She came from a strong family. A beautiful family. Hope to see y’all soon and meet the rest of the family. I feel like we watched y’all grow up. While having a good time. Please remember that we love y’all and will do anything at all for you. Praying praying praying

- Sid and Barbara Golden , Savannah , Georgia

Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you during this time!

- Tim and Melissa Davis, Idaho Falls, ID

A tragic loss to this world and am shocked that such an ambitious, sweet and talented soul suffered so much and yes, do believe she's gone to be an angel.

- Shannon Scott, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

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