HARRISBURG Herman J. Banks, 73, entered into the presence of God on July 19, 2014. He was the widower of Ella Stewart Banks. Born on March 6, 1941, in Denmark, S.C., he was the son of the late Wilmont T. and Ruben Banks. He was a retired auto mechanic. Herman sang with the group called the Wonders and he was the founder of the Fulton Street Alley Cat Cook-out in Harrisburg. He was famous for his baked macaroni and sweet potato pie. He is survived by his loving daughter, Terri Herman Denise Banks of York; a son, Richard Lorenzo Porter of Steelton; step-sons, Marion Stewart and Vincent Thomas, both of Harrisburg, and Leroy Thomas of New York; 29 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; nine sisters, Betty A. Donahue, Priscilla Kinard, Georgia M. Green, Frances G. Banks, Estella R. Bowie, Patricia L. Banks, Dorthea A. Alam, Bertha L. Palmer and husband, Leonard, and Laurie Freeland and husband, Greg, all of York; two brothers, Wilmont T. Banks, Jr. and wife, Adell of York and Kenneth L. Banks and wife, Denise of Glen Mills; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sons, Herman J. Banks, Jr. and Troy Banks; and three brothers, James W. Banks, Ernest M. Banks, and Ervin T. Banks. The Celebration of Life Services will be on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the New Covenant Church, 701 W. King St., York, with Pastor Rachael Baxter and Pastor Anthony Sease officiating. Gladfelter Funeral Home, Inc., York, is assisting the family.
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on July 24, 2014