2008-09-05 / Society

William Robert Banks Sr.

Funeral service for William Robert Banks, Sr., 64, were held Thursday at 2 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, Shandon, 2827 Wheat Street, Columbia, S.C. 29205. The family received friends Wednesday from 5- 7 pm at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Memorials may be made to Still Hopes Chapel of the Holy Spirit, P.O. Box 2959, West Columbia, S.C. 29171 or Presbyterian College, Scotsman's Club, Clinton, S.C.

Dr. Banks died Monday, September 1, 2008. Born in Lancaster, S.C., he was a son of the late Robert Floyd and Rebekah Catoe Banks. He received a masters degree in counseling and a doctorate of education administration from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Banks was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Shandon; the American Legion Post 6; the Military Order of World Wars; a companion member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; an affiliate member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors; and the first educator to the National Board of DARE America. He received his BA and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. at Presbyterian College, where he was a proud member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He began his military service as AG at Ft. Jackson Headquarters active duty, followed by a tour of duty from 1969 - 1970 in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor; he returned for his reserve duty to Ft. Jackson, the 120th ARCOM, and the Fighting 360th Civil Affairs; instructor for Ft. Jackson Command and General Staff School.

Before retiring, he spent three years in summer active duty at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was an active volunteer in Youth Sports in S.E. Columbia with both children and church and officiated high school football.

Surviving are his wife, Krispin Covington Banks; son and daughter- in- law, William Robert Banks Jr. and Michele of Cary, N.C.; daughter and son- in- law, Juliet Banks Larson and Scott of Charlotte, N.C.; granddaughter, Victoria Michele Banks, Cary, N.C.; father- in- law, James Coxe Covington Jr. of Still Hopes, West Columbia; and his loving dogs, Sam Jackson and Lily Marlene.

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