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John Michael Bannister 1953 - 2000
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December 14, 2000
I miss you dad,you always let me do lots of things.I miss the French Fries you cooked.I remember when I was in preschool and you let me cut school to go to work with you.Grandma has lots of pictures of me in the wheel barrel and you pushing me in the yard.I miss going places with you in the truck.I miss sitting on Grandma's front porch with you and Grandma.I wish I could hear you say,Come hear my little man.I can't live without my kiss and hug.
December 10, 2000
thank you God for letting our lives cross. thank you for mike and his precious family. you promised never to leave us alone. thank you for the comforter when we feel lonely for mike s presence but we know that he is eternally with you. we love you mike and thank you Father for your love.
November 09, 2000
Dearest Mike,

For my whole childhood you have been so VERY sick. And for a long time, out of annoyance I stayed away from you. Hoping you'd "get better." Because, as a child I thought- "That" was how things worked. And then one day, (as an adult) G-ma Sue convinced me there is nothing to be afraid of and that ALL WE have IS FAMILY!

She also told me that sick people need WELL people too. To give them hope ,inspiration and quality of life. I was cautious and g-ma was right!

Because that very day, timidly I sung some of YOUR favorite songs , and WE talked about when YOU and Kim 1st met and when YOU bought my brother that Go-cart. It was candy-apple RED and would fly (in it's time) And how YOU enjoyed seeing me and Jimmy getting in trouble with it ! We really had "a moment" and it was So special to me! And I think "that moment" was special for you too.

It was a wonderful day!

And after all my fears and anxiety subsided In "that moment" I grew up! I came away singing to you and the light in your eyes just moved me beyond words! Thank You ! I was enlightened by YOU !

And whether YOU know it or not YOU helped me Grow-up in that "moment" and realize what life IS all about! And I just want to Thank You again ! Thank You for strength and knowledge and an appreciation for life.

I will cherish "OUR MOMENT" for the rest of my life. and I love you Mike, Donna Jean and I thank you too grandma for helping me appreciate a wonderful life and an inspirational man, my uncle, MIKE !

ILOVE YOU !

and Mike YOU WILL be missed! God speed and God bless!
November 08, 2000
One of my favorite memories is when you were 3 years old and went to a Girl Scout talent show with me one night. I helped you climb up on a chair and you sang: "A fawwen tah, dat's what you ahh. Da twinkaw in yo eye came fwom da sky. You must have stwayed fwom da milky way. A fawwen tah, dat's what you ahh." That's what you were. I hate that you had to be so sick for so long and had to suffer so. I hate that you were so lonely at the end. I hate that you ever felt that you didn't have anything to offer anybody. It hurt me to hear you say that. But it was never ever true. As your cousin Kathy said, you were "one of the most loving people I've ever known." your sister
November 01, 2000
Mike,

I know you are gone on Home, I only can imagine what it must have been the minute you walked into Heaven's door and what a glorious time...it was to see Jesus face to face and as He must have led you on to see all of our beloved ones already there. What an amazing time! I just wished that I wouldn't have put off another minute so that I could have spoke to you before you were gone so that I could have told you that I do love you with all my heart. It's always what we put off that can't be done tomorrow. You were a special person to Jerry & I when we were growing up and when we came to visit you guys. Me or him will never forget those times. You always made us laugh with your humour and songs. I can see your smile. These memories will linger on and never be forgotten. But, until we meet in that Forever land. Know I love you now and always. Your 1st cousin, Karla
November 01, 2000
Dearest Mike,
You wonderful son, so pure and precious! We had a very special relationship. We shared so many lovely moments and good things, even a kidney. God is so good to have given the doctors the wisdom to do the surgery. The scripture says, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Mike, I shall always treasure you in my heart and praise God for your sweet life.
You were the most remarkable man I've ever known and I am so blessed that God allowed you to be mine, even for a little while. You fought a good fight, you kept the faith. May God bless you and keep you in his arms until we meet again. I shall always cherish your memory. With love and thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for such a rare and precious son. Your sweet spirit will always be with me.
Life was hard, the road was rough and rocky, but you would'nt have missed the dance. What a giant of a man! What can I say, except that I loved you. God bless your family! Love forever.

Sue, your Mother.
October 27, 2000
dad i love u and im sorry i didnt say it enough when u were with me. i miss you. wish u were with me. keep your promise. see u a the crossroads(inside between me and 4 whoever is reading this)
October 25, 2000
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October 22, 2000
MR. MIKE,

Sorry for any problems i ever caused. You were a great man and will be missed. I will try my best to help keep frank outta trouble and if little Micheal ever needs me i'm here for him. All i can say is i loved you and many memories of you will be carried on.
October 21, 2000
Then I said,"Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart." Psalm 40:7-8

You were my hero Mike. Rest in peace now with God. love kim
October 17, 2000
Dear Mike,
You will be missed, your singing, your picking on the guitar and over all your genuine sense of humor. You have a wonderful family and all of us will truely miss you, but you will live on in our hearts and memory forever, you know that I'll be there for all your loved ones when ever needed-I promise.
Love always Tracy & Steve Joey and Casey Preston xoxo
October 16, 2000
Dear Mike I will miss my visits with you and I will remember how you always made me drink lots of water. I will keep you and our family in our prayers. With all my love Mom
October 16, 2000
You will be missed. You should be proud of the sons that you have to carry on, they will make you proud. Love Mike & Chris
October 16, 2000
You will be missed very much. Hope you're finally at peace. With love, Charlie and Kathy
October 16, 2000
To Mike, my brother-in-law, you will be missed. May you rest in peace.

Love,
Cindy

To Uncle Mike,
you were always so good to us. We knew you cared because you always were fixing us food! We loved your spaghetti!

Love,
John and Justin
October 16, 2000
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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