Bane, Jean Hypes
After 93 years, four months and five days, Jean Price Hypes Bane has departed this life to go to her final home with the Lord. Born October 19, 1925 in the family home in the Sinking Creek Valley of Craig County, VA, Jean was the only daughter of Laura Beatrice Trenor and James Watson Hypes.
She graduated from Maywood High School and then earned a BA degree in Mathematics from Radford State Teachers College and an MEd in Counseling from Radford College. Jean began a life-long career with the school systems. She taught math at Covington High School and Pearisburg High School where the Class of 1960 captured a piece of her heart as a special group of students. She finished the last twenty-four years of her career as a guidance counselor at Giles High School in Pearisburg, VA. She married William Doak Bane, Sr. of Pearisburg, VA on August 14, 1948; they had seventy fulfilling years of marriage. They were blessed with two children and a life-long career together of remodeling the old family home at Cedar Grove Farm.
Jean had a rich and active church life beginning with her acceptance of Jesus Christ as her Savior at Old Bethel Methodist Church in Sinking Creek, Craig County. After her marriage she served in numerous roles as a member of Walkers Creek Baptist Church in White Gate, Pearisburg Baptist Church, and lastly Castle Rock Baptist Church in Pembroke. Reading her Bible and devotions were part of her daily routine.
Jean was an active member of career and community organizations. Educational memberships included Alpha Lambda Charter Delta Kappa Gamma, Giles County Education Association, and New River Valley Guidance Association. She was a charter member of the Giles County Historical Society and member of Craig County Historical Society. She was a member of the George Pearis Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the McComas Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Her passions included knitting, crocheting, family history, and writing poetry. She gifted many people with scarves, hats, sweaters, prayer shawls, afghans, and dish cloths from her talent with needles. Her beautiful handiwork in a Marguerite pattern bedspread is on display at the Andrew Johnson House in Pearisburg, VA. She traced her Trenor lineage back hundreds of years and compiled A History of James Trenor and Some of His Descendants. Jean was instrumental in restoring and forming committees to maintain the old Hypes Cemetery and Trenor Cemetery in Craig County, VA.
She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brothers Wayne Moore Hypes (and Carolyn Audrey Shackleford), John William Hypes (and Nancy Cushing Midyette), and C. D. Hypes.
Left to cherish the memory of this gentle woman are her daughter Becky Bane Howard of Lynchburg, VA; her son William Doak Bane, Jr. (and Evelyn Mackerney Bane [Suzy]) of Huntsville, AL; three grandsons: James Courtney Bane and Devon Davidson Bane of Huntsville, AL, and Kendall Patrick Bane (and Jessica Laine Bane) of Pearisburg, VA, one great grandson William James Bane who is soon to be born; and her sister-in-laws Harriet Farrier Hypes of New Castle, VA and Rosemary Bane of Murfreesboro, TN. Beloved nieces and nephews never forgot their aunt: Carla Williams (and Rodney) of New Castle, VA; Ann Armel (and Bryan) of Cody, WY, Webb Hypes (and Carol) of Bridgewater, VA, Watt Hypes (and Jann) of Culpeper, VA, Dayton Hypes (and Karen) of London, Ontario, Canada; Trenor Hypes (and Maggie) of Charleston, SC; Eugene Miller Bane, Jr. (and Becky) of Salem, VA; Nancyanne Schultejans of St. Louis, MO; James Bane (and Eileen) of Golden, CO; Nancy Bane Peery Olson (and David) of Fayetteville, NC; and Brenda Bane Fanning (and Ronnie) of Pearisburg, VA. She is remembered as a loving and caring woman devoted to her family, friends, God, and her community. Jean Bane will be deeply missed by all.
The family is in the care of A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will be held March 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on March 28 at the A. Vest Funeral Home in White Gate, VA with Rev. Gary Poff, pastor of Castle Rock Baptist Church presiding. Burial will follow at the Walkers Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Jean Bane with a donation to the Trenor Cemetery Fund, c/o Sarah Fisher, 24904 Craigs Creek Rd, New Castle, VA 24127 or a charity of your choice.