A.A. "Shug" Banks, 78, of Blytheville died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville. Born in Memphis, he had lived in Blytheville for the last 40 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
He served as Mississippi County Judge for 20 years and was a past president of the Arkansas County Judges' Association and founder and first president of the Arkansas Association of Counties. He also served as a director of the National Association of County Officials and worked for the passage of Amendment 55 to the Arkansas Constitution. He was a member of the Central Committee of the Arkansas Democratic Party and was a national delegate to the Democratic National Convention on three separate occasions.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Pittman Banks of the home; two sons, Charles A. "Chuck" Banks of Little Rock and William B. "Brett" Banks of Tyronza; and three grandchildren, Rafe Allen Banks, Elizabeth G. Lackey and Stephanie H. Lackey.
The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Blytheville with Rev. Pam Estes officiating. Burial was in Bassett Cemetery under the direction of Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the First Methodist Church in Blytheville or to a charity of the donor's choice.