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Bobby Banks
Augusta, GA—Entered into rest on Wednesday, August 13, 2020, Robert Lee Banks, 87, husband of Mrs. Lorraine Steele Banks.
Family members in addition to his wife include his sons: Buzzy Banks (Lauren), Tom Banks (Angela), David Banks (Debbie); grandchildren: Robert Banks, Dwight Banks, Lee Banks, William Banks, Weylan Morris, Jolene Wilson, Chelsea Percival (Austin), Lindsey Guilbeau (Taylor), Thomas Banks, Ian McDaniel (Jessie), Mitchel Banks (Leslie), Morgan Banks; great-grandchildren: Pearson Percival, Palmer Guilbeau and Windsor McDaniel. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents: Lee and Alice Banks and his daughter: Karen Lee Gunn
Bobby was a lifelong resident of Augusta. He graduated from the Academy of Richmond County and the University of Georgia, earning his master's degree in Education. A lifelong educator, Bobby began his teaching career at Richmond Academy. He served as principal of Sue Reynolds Elementary School, Fleming Elementary School, Bungalow Road Elementary School, Tutt Junior High School and Westside High School. His passion for educating youth was evident. He built strong relationships with his school communities. Always standing up for the underdog, he believed in everyone! He encouraged all students, no matter their lot in life, skin color or family situation to educate themselves to become self-sufficient. Bobby was tough but always ready to give second chances.
After retiring from education, Bobby's entrepreneurial nature let him into the hotel and day care businesses. His retirement also presented increased opportunities for his life-long passion, barbering, which began while serving his country in the United States Navy. In his free time, life on the river provided the perfect spot for rest, relaxation, and fishing. He leaves behind his sweetheart of more than 65 years, his precious, "Rainie". He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend to all.
The graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Westover Memorial Park with Dr. Joe Bowden officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Augusta Christian Schools Building Fund, 313 Baston Road, Martinez, GA 30907.
The family will receive friends on Monday evening, August 17, 2020 at 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2020.
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August 21, 2020
Wonderful Principal! c/o 85
Carolyn Jackson
Student
August 19, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of him. He was an incredible principal. Class of 1984
Kendall Chou Porter
Student
August 18, 2020
The best Principal I ever had. He was not just a principal to the students he was a friend. You could always talk to him.
The class of 84 we were his last class thank you for three wonderful year.
God give this family the strength they need.
Rod Harrison
Student
August 18, 2020
Mr.Banks was the Best principle of all time. He believed in every student in school. I appreciate Mr.Banks and Thank him very much for getting through High school by having fun. Class of 1985. Mr. Banks was a Good Man.
Tony Claxton
August 17, 2020
Mr Banks gave me many wonderful memories and life lessons at Westside High School! He was a great principal! My sincere condolences to the family. God Bless Kim Terry, Class of 1984
Kimberly Terry
Student
August 16, 2020
My wife and I were very grateful to Bobby for being a friend and confidant. We will miss him very much. Praying that God will shower you with His Blessings and give you peace and comfort in this time of sorrow. Thoughts and Prayers, always.
Ed and Nancy Hickman
Friend
August 16, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Debbie Bargeron Scritchfield
Friend
August 16, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
JAMES A. MCRAE,JR
Coworker
August 16, 2020
Mr. Banks cared about all of his students, even when they acted like knuckleheads. I know - I was one of them. He really made a difference in his kids’ lives. Rest in peace, Mr. Banks, and thanks for caring about us.
John Prince
Student
August 15, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of y’all’s/our loss. We are Praying for each of you now and days to come. Please Lean on Our Savior for understanding. Sending Prayers,Love,and Hugs across the miles we pray y’all feel them. Tammy(Parks)Swann Upatoi,Ga.+Joey Parks Bremerton,Wa.
Former Students Class of 1985+1986
August 15, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Banks passing. I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Banks as my principal at both Tutt and Westside. He always made every student feel important and worthy of great things. He was a an amazingly positive influence on my life. My thoughts and prayers are with the Banks family and may he rest in peace. God bless you all and hi Buzzy and Lauren. Sincerely, Michael Carson
Michael Carson
Student
August 15, 2020
I am blessed to have known Bobby both as a friend and a Co-worker through the years. Prayers and much love sent to the Banks family. Thank you Bobby for all the great stories and kindness which shined all around you.
Terri Daniels
Friend
August 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Banks was my principal at Bungalow. He was friends with my parents, Bill and Mary Martin. Prayers to all of you.
Melinda Martin Osment
Friend
August 15, 2020
LORRAINE & FAMILY,
May it bring special comfort to know that others care and share your loss.Thinking of you and family at this time of loss of your LOVED ONE.
May God's blessings of comfort, peace and love be with you and family.
HERBERT GILSTRAP
HERBERT GILSTRAP
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