MOUNT HOLLY - Banner Hager Blackwell, 86, of 318 Walnut Ave., passed away Nov. 22, 2011, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
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A native of Gaston County, she was daughter of the late T.O. and Lorene Howard Hager.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Otis Hager Brown of Belmont, and two brothers, T.C. Hager of Charlotte and Burmah Hager of Mount Holly.
She was a graduate of Mount Holly High School, and was retired from the textile industry.
Banner was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was a member of Mount Holly Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Survivors include her husband James L. Blackwell, a son Roger D. Blackwell and wife Faye of Lake Wylie, SC, a daughter Donna B. Simmers and hus-band Joe of Hampton, VA., two sisters Ms. Betty Cherry of Belmont, Ms. Geneva Bennett of Charlotte, a brother Roland Hager and wife Charlene of Stanley, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service to celebrate her life, conducted by the Rev. Mitch Carlyle, will be held 3 p.m. Friday in the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in Hillcrest Gardens.
The family will receive friends 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Holly Pentecostal Holiness Church, 406 Scott St., Mount Holly, NC 28120.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Nov. 24, 2011