Shirley Coburn Banks was born November 2, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Autauga County High School in Prattville and Massey Draughon Business School in Montgomery.
Shortly after her birth, her family moved back to Alabama to the family farm business located in White City in northern Autauga County. When she was 4 years old, her family moved to Prattville to begin construction of the new family business known as the Pratt-Mont Drive-In Theater.
In 1949, this theater business was where her work ethics were forged. At this young age she was given the duties of transporting popcorn from one location to the other as well as making sure all the window speakers on the theater parking lot had no static or rattles in them and were in good operating condition.
She grew up working weekends and summers at the theater while also helping her brother-in law, Hubert Stewart, during income tax season at his CPA firm Kirkland & Stewart in Prattville. She later worked a short time for Bill Cleghorn with the Planning Board & Public Relations Division of the State of Alabama.
In 1965 she joined the staff and family of the Alabama Road Builders Association and remained there over 45 years until her retirement in 2010. During this time with ARBA, Shirley set the bar for exemplary service to an organization. She never came to work with a frown and was a pleasure to talk with anytime she was asked a question. Above all, Shirley was honest, kind and hardworking.
Shirley managed her relationships with all the leaders within the industry with grace and style. She is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about the road building industry and about the history of almost every company to do business in this field. She coordinated countless events, conventions, officer installations and anything and everything that had to do with Alabama’s road building industry.
Shirley’s dedication to Alabama’s road building industry is unequalled and her presence will always be felt anytime you pay a visit to the Alabama Road Builders Association or attend one of its functions. Her commitment to loyalty and excellence is one that will be always remembered by every current and former member of ARBA.
Shirley’s parents were George and Leona Coburn. She has one sister, Ophelia & Hubert Stewart, one daughter, Micky & Glenn Hill and one grandson, Hunter Hill. She is married to Lawrence Banks and together they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. She is an active and long-time member of First Baptist Church in Prattville, AL.