George H. Banks

Sunrise: November 28, 1932

Sunset: December 26, 2020

George H. Banks, 88 passed away at home on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

George was born November 28, 1932 in Norfolk, VA to the late John and Fannie Banks.

George attended Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He was also educated at Norfolk State University (formerly Norfolk State College).

He began his career honorably serving in the nation during a time of war as a member of the US Army in  Korea, followed by 19th years of civil service. He was a lifetime member of St. Mark UCC in Norfolk, served for many years as Chairman of the Building  Fund. George served on various boards, which includes, Director of The STOP organization with CEO Edith Jones, Southside Boys and Girls club with Coach Williams, NAACP Norfolk branch, The Norfolk Recreation Commission, President/Chairman of the Beacon Light Civic League, Project Manager of Beacon Light CHDO, Manager of Bell Diamond Manor and Sumler Terrace Apartments. He worked on an array of city projects. In 2018  he was inducted to the Hampton road African American Sports Hall of Fame, and community advocate and business partner.

George is survived by his wife, Delores Banks; daughter, Cheryl (David); brother, Rufus Banks, Sr. (Louise); six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; an adopted daughter, Sherry Harold (Gregory); an adopted son, Bernard “Pee-wee” Thompson (Juanita); sister-in-law, Louise Banks, Doris Hawkins and Beverly Kelson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

George was predeceased by son, Edwin R. Banks; and two brothers Arthur King, Sr. Samuel Banks.

Viewing Friday, January 1, 2021 1:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, January 2, 2021 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Estherine J. Harding says

    Sincere sympathy and prayers to you, Rev. Sister Delores Banks and family during this very difficult time. Your loved one will truly, truly be missed. We give praise to God for the awesome contributions that he made to society, most especially, to the Berkley community.
    Mr. Banks, may your works speak for you, we know that you have already received your crown of victory. Well done thy good and faithful servant. Halleujah!

    Estherine J. Harding, HPGWM OES of VA, PHA

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    Pam Fields Spruill says

    This is really a big personal loss for me. I will miss the many hours we spent talking about the Community and Projects and family and the Bible. Thank you Mr. Banks for giving me opportunity after opportunity to develop in business and character. I extend my love to Mrs. Banks and Cheryl and Christie and the rest of the family and pray God will comfort you during this difficult time. Heartfelt condolences from my Family to yours.

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      John and Lvonya Woodhouse says

      To the Banks Family, we are sorry for your loss and know that God will give you the strength to carry on. Deepest sympathy John and Lvonya Woodhouse

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    WITH PRAYERS AND HEARTFELT SYMPATHY : Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. May God be your tender comfort in sorrow and bring peace and strength in the days to come.

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    Barbara N Dalton says

    Barbara Dalton says
    December 31,2020
    Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathy to the Banks family. Mr. George Banks was a dedicated member of the Southside Senior Center/Norfolk Parks and Recreation. He attended the center everyday. He loved competing with the younger male seniors in Billiards(pool). He would win most of the games, let him tell it he won them all, he also won first place ribbons at the Norfolk senior Olympics. Whenever needed he was there to support the Center. Mr. Banks will be missed!
    Barbara Dalton, the Southside Seniors and family.

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      Deacon Emeritus Carolyn Hawkins Hayes says

      A man of God whose works speaks for him. God be praised for George Banks servants heart and his love of mankind. Berkley was blessed beyond measure to see the joy in his smiling face as he walked among us.

      With our love and prayers,
      The Hayes Family of SONO

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    Celestine E Painter says

    I send my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Banks. He was a very kind and intelligent man. A friend to everyone he met. I’m sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you through this difficult time and the days to come.

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    Trustee James C. Spruill St. Mark UCC says

    “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God my strength, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 19:2
    sorry for your loss but we know he is resting from a job well done

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    Precious Cooper says

    Praying comfort and peace for the family. Heaven has trult gained an Angel. My family and I are sending our deepest heartfelt sympathy and condolences. He will always be in our hearts abd never forgotten. Sincerly, Precious Cooper and the Coopers and Jihnsons of Todd Street

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      Arnetta Sumler Forrest says

      God bless the Banks family, praying for comfort, peace. Mercy. George was truly a gifted man, intelligent and over all a personable man. He new my family members very well, the Sumler family, the Downing family and others. Mr Banks will truly be missed.

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    Donna Blackwell says

    My prayers and condolences to you Cousin Lois and my family. Cousin George will be missed tremendously but his legacy will leave on. He was definitely someone who made a difference especially in the South Norfolk Community!! God bless you all and know that God will be there for you always. Love Donna and Peter Blackwell. ????

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    Sherry Jordan Harrell says

    This is my story this is my song praising my Savior all the day long. This is his story this is Daddy’s song he’s praising his Savior all the day long. May the work he’s done speak for him. Ma may God continue to comfort you and the family. We pray he keeps you in his arms and bring you all Peace!!
    Greg, Sherry Harrell and your Girls❤️

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      Carletta Johnson-Banks says

      “Alright there Doctor.”
      My 1st cousin, you were one of a kind. I will always remember your warm smile and your ability to touch so many lives. Grateful for your influence and your desire to encourage others because you knew the importance of empowering people. You empowered others in your own way and in a way many didn’t always understand. Most of all you were a beacon of light to the world. My condolences to family and friends.
      Rest in peace Cousin George. You will always be remembered, especially for your famous greeting. Alright there Doctor!

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    Nicki Hunter Spence says

    Sending my condolences and prayers to the family of Mr. George Banks. A man who left a great legacy behind. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Banks.??

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    MaryAnn says

    We are so sorry for your loss. The death of a love one can be extremely difficult to cope with. Many have found comfort in the promise found there at Acts 24:15. There it speaks about the Resurrection. Do draw comfort in the promise found there and please know you and your family will be in our prayers…MaryAnn

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    Arnetta Sumler Forrest says

    God bless the Banks family, so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort, peace. Mercy. Mr George Banks was truly a gifted man, intelligent and over all a very personable man. He new my family members very well, the Sumler family, the Downing family and others. Mr Banks will truly be missed. You are in my prayers, God bless you all.

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    Sante Smith says

    Mr. Banks was my church member and one of the kindest men I’ve known.
    RIH, Member Banks….

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    Raye Riddick says

    Thanking God for your loved one’s life, and praying for strength and comfort for you and your family. My prayers go out to your family.

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    Louise M. Norfleet Whitehurst says

    In Sympathy and Friendship
    To Those Remaining Members of the Banks Family;
    No one can experience this sadness as you do.
    For your feelings are unique and personal to you –
    No one can begin to know exactly how you feel
    Except to know that sorrow, such as yours, is deep and real – –
    But if you need some comfort and some help to see you through.
    Just know how much you’re cared for by all those who think of you. Keeping You Close in Thought!

    Mrs. Louise M. Norfleet Whitehurst and Family

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