Thelma Banning

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HARLEM, Ga. - Thelma Elizabeth Banning, 93, wife of the late MAJ (Ret) Floyd Banning, entered into rest Monday, May 25, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Powell Baptist Church in Harlem. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 PM until time of the service at 2:30 PM. She was born Aug. 21, 1921 in Knoxville, TN to the late Grady and Dixie Tittle, and married 2LT Floyd M. Banning on October 12, 1946; she never remarried. After graduating from Knoxville High, she worked at the Standard Knitting Mill in Knoxville and later at the Oakridge National Laboratory as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II. Once married she did not work outside the home until the late 1960's when she worked at the J.C. Penney Catalogue Outlet Store. For 3 years she was teased that she brought home sales items instead of a paycheck! She moved to Augusta in summer of 1973 and then to Harlem in 1974. In 1980, Thelma returned to the work for 11 years as the Harlem High School media clerk where she was closely involved in the community she loved. The daughter of a railroad man, Thelma loved traveling. At 15, she and her identical twin, Velma, traveled from Knoxville to Miami. Her Dad had friends all along the line so here was little chance they could get into trouble. As an Army wife Thelma traveled the world. In the late 40s and early 50s, she lived in occupied Japan, Italy and Germany: and later in Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. She joined Powell Baptist Church in 1974, where she was actively involved in church activities and was a long standing member of the Dorcas Sunday School class. Thelma loved people and never met a stranger. She was known for her ready smile and infectious laugh. Thelma was the most joyful spirit you would ever want to meet. She would often host family and friends over to play board games and cards. Thelma was always ready for a hot cup of coffee with family and friends. She enjoyed camping, swimming and fishing with her family for many years. Thelma continued to drive to Florida, South Georgia and Tennessee until her mid-80's. She was a member of: Eastern Star; Woodman of the World; Officers Wife's Club and the Retired Officers Association Survivors include her four children: Bob Banning (Martha); John Banning (Nancy); Debbie Banning Bower (Jay), and Mike Banning (Barbara); two brothers: Walter Tittle (Janice) and Frank Tittle (Carol); 13 Grandchildren: Jenni White (Brian), Ryan Banning, Joshua Banning, Meg Banning, Amanda Swindall (Nathan), Matthew Banning, Kristi Banning, Lee Manning, Caiti Manning, Jimmy Bower (Beth), JJ Bower (Luisa), Brandon Bower (Adrienne), Marcus Banning (Michelle); and 12 Great Grandchildren: Ellie White, Lena White, Silas White, Shaun Banning, Lexi Banning, Preston Banning , Andrew Banning, Brynn Bower, Tessa Bower, Charlie Bower, Elton Bower, Eliza Bower and many precious nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, and her siblings: Edith Tittle, Pauline Hemphill, and twin sister, Velma Crawford; and granddaughter, Kathleen Banning. The family requests that you make donations to Powell Baptist Church, Building Fund, in lieu of flowers. Please visit to sign online guestbook. STARLING-EVANS FUNERAL HOME, 435 W. MILLEDGEVILLE RD. HARLEM, GA. 30814. 706-556-6524

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from May 29 to May 30, 2015
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