The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

William Banks was a true Southern gentleman


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 26, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Newnan lost a treasure when William Banks crossed the bar on November 15. William was a true Southern gentleman with an engaging sense of humor and style, always with a twinkle in his eye.

William and my late mother, Martha Latimer Young, were close Newnan childhood and lifelong friends.

William also influenced my previous life in New York with his friendship with the late Richard Jenrette, the nationally acclaimed preservationist and founder of investment banking firm Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ--acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2001) where I worked in the 1990s.

Rumor has it that William was responsible for grits being served daily (and sometimes catfish!) in DLJ's dining room on Park Avenue. William was also a frequent visitor to the Sargentville, Maine, vacation home of the Martins and Huffs, our mutual friends from Atlanta and Columbus.

Sargentville is the next township over from Brooklin where we have been visiting annually for over thirty years, visiting our Sargentville neighbors often.

In short, William was everywhere from Maine to New Hampshire to New York to Atlanta to Newnan, enriching many lives along the way.

John Latimer Young

Newnan