Tuesday, January 3, 2017
One O'clock P.M.
Corinth Missionary Baptist Church
813 S. Cherokee Road
Social Circle, Georgia 30025
Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, Presiding Prelate
Mrs. Christy Davis Jackson, Esq. Episcopal Supervisor
Dr. Earle Ifill, Presiding Elder
Bishop William Davenport, Pastor CMBC
Reverend Erich V. Fladger, Eulogist
Assisted By Others
Mother Jessie Mae Banks Lightfoot affectionately known as "Madea" was born in Newton County, Georgia to her late parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse (Estella Wynn) Banks, on October 31, 1916.
She was educated in the Graves Chapel School. She was married to the late Edward Lightfoot and a devoted mother to seven children.
Mother Jessie was a very loving caretaker where she nurtured numerous families in Social Circle and surroundings areas as far away as Montgomery, Alabama. She received her Nursing Certification and was employed for many years with Social Circle Nursing Home. She traveled with the Eastern Stars to many cities and counties. Jessie was a proud Civil Rights Activist and served decades for justice and equality for all.
She was a faithful member of Cargle Chapel AME Church, where she attended every Sunday. In her early years, she served as a member of the Senior Choir and the Women's Missionary Society.
On December 29, 2016, the final chapter of Mother Jessie's life came to a close, quietly and peacefully surrounded by family. She will be greatly missed by her family, her church family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sons, Kenneth, William and Freddie Lightfoot, one grandson, two great grandsons and four siblings.
She leaves to cherish her memories four children, Mrs. Gracie Lightfoot Mathis, Social Circle, Georgia, Mr. & Mrs. Charles (Clara) Lackey, Mr. & Mrs. Glenn (Annette) Lightfoot, both of Monroe, Georgia, Mr. & Mrs. Anthony (Donna) Shy, Covington, Georgia, daughter-in-laws, Ms. Mary J. Woods, Dayton, Ohio and Ms. Emma Goodwin Lightfoot, Monroe, Georgia, one brother, Mr. Theodore Banks, Atlanta, Georgia, Twenty-two grandchildren, Forty-Two great grandchildren, Twenty-Three great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Interment: Graves Chapel Cemetery Hwy. 278 Covington, GA 30014
Granddaughters ~ Nieces
We acknowledge all acts of kindness shown by family and friends during the time of sorrow and special thanks to our mother's caregivers, Barbara McGuire, Tina McGuire, Jennifer Wilson, Carla Griffey, Maline Fears, Mattie Killings, Bishop William Davenport and The Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. God's blessings to you, we love and appreciate you.
The Lightfoot Family