Martha Corley Bass Banks age 97 of Dowelltown, passed away Tuesday morning January 13, 2015 at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was born September 12, 1917 to her parents, the late Lannis Archie and Lillian Corley Bass. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Petway Banks; grandson, James Andrew Banks; 3 half-sisters, Bessie Lee Colvert, Clara Sanders, Sarah Avant;; half-brother, Thurman Bass; sister, Mildred Bass. Ms. Martha was a graduate of Baxter Seminary and attended Cumberland University. She was a dedicated wife and mother, an active member of the Dowelltown United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. and an employee of the Dowelltown Post Office for several years. She will be greatly missed by her family but she left them many wonderful memories. Survivors include 3 children, William David and wife, Nancy Banks of Knoxville, Edwin Roger and wife, Betty Banks of Madison, AL, Barbara and husband, Ben Shields of Nashville; grandchildren, Bill (Sharon) Banks of Knoxville, Debbie (Chip) Tatum of Oviedo, FL, Rebecca Banks (German) Pardo of Madison, AL, Rachel (Tommy) Huff of Antioch, TN, Amy (Richard) Kynard of Olathe, KS, Ashley Shields of London, England; great-grandchildren, Emily Banks, Hannah Tatum, Tommy Huff, Will Huff, William Pardo, Katie Pardo. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Thursday, January 15, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Lunsford and Lee Neal officiating. Burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday 4:PM until 7:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dowelltown United Methodist Church Building Fund or the charity of your choice. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.