BANKER, JOHN CARLTON, JR., age 81, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2013. Mr. Banker, was born in West Chester, PA, but spent most of his boyhood in Portsmouth, VA. He lived in the Orlando area for 43 years. He was a veteran of both the Korea and Vietnam wars, retiring in 1969 with over 20 years of military service. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a participant in the U. S. Nuclear Testing in Nevada, in the 1950's and was involved with global photo-mapping. During the 1960's, Mr. Banker was a "space pioneer" working with the early U.S. spy satellite ventures. He was instrumental in developing training programs for initial military space tracking systems. For this, he was awarded the U.S. Air Force Master Instructor Badge and twice, the AF Commendation Medal. Post-service employment included Harris Corporation, Lockheed/Martin and Litton Laser Systems. He worked as a Software Technical Writer for The Kirchman Corporation, Infomanagement Systems (FIS) and was a Vice President at Credit Card Software (CCS). He was a published poet and received The Editor's Choice Award for outstanding achievement in Poetry. Mr. Banker has published a book of poetry, entitled "Reflections" and manuscripts, "My Generation" and "Journey into Hell". He also co-authored books on technical writing and a fiction novel. He was a licensed Baptist Minister and ordained Deacon. He had served churches as Sunday School Teacher, Bible Lecturer, Youth Director, Educational Director, and as an interim Pastor. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Sue; son Donald Banker and daughters Deborah (Susan) Vandiviere, Melanie Fernandez, Sandra Manon, and Jennifer Johnson. He had three grandchildren, Ashley Manon, Evan Manon and Cooper Johnson. He had one surviving brother, Edward Eugene and one surviving sister, Rosemary Huff. The memorial service will be held on Monday, June 17th at 10:30 a.m. at Powers Drive Baptist Church located at 3311 North Powers Drive, Orlando, FL 32818. Viewing at the same location at 9:30 a.m. Share memories, condolences at Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in his name to Hospice of the Comforter, 605 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.
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Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 15, 2013