Robert “Bob” Banks died unexpectedly at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 22, 2014 in Lawrence, KS at the age of 84.
Robert is survived by his wife, Linnie; 3 children Robbi Jenkins of Lawrence, Joseph Banks (Casandra) of Hernando, MS, Cheryl Johnson of Berkeley, CA; 4 grandchildren Zachary, Lauren, Justin, and Cassie.
Robert was born on July 17, 1930 in Columbus, MS to Georgia Harris Walker and raised in Starkville, MS by his grandparents, Mariah and Charlie Harris. He attended and graduated from W.C. Henderson High School in Starkville, MS and then enlisted in the United States Army serving in the Korean War where he earned the Silver Star. He attended Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) from 1953 to 1957 under the G.I. Bill earning a bachelor of science degree in physical education. While at Jackson State, he was a member of the Jackson State Tiger football team and a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In April, 1990 Robert was inducted into the Jackson State Tiger Sports Hall of Fame.
He married Linnie, his high school sweetheart in November, 1953. They resided in Starkville, MS where his lifetime of service began working for the Boy Scouts of America. Soon after, he found himself teaching, mentoring, and coaching students at his former high school and his former college. After moving to Aberdeen, Maryland in 1965 he began serving our nation’s veterans over the next 25 years at the following VA hospitals: Perry Point, MD, Coatsville, PA, Montrose, NY and Hines VA Hospital in Chicago, IL from where he retired. During these years, Robert also served in the U.S. Army Reserves retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Robert has been a member of the Presbyterian Church, USA for many years, serving in various roles in the Chicago Presbytery, and was an Elder Commissioner to the 211th General Assembly. Robert is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, KS where he served on the Board of Trustees. Robert was an avid golfer, loved a good cigar, and was passionate about Jayhawk athletics.
Robert will be interred at Leavenworth National Cemetery with full military honors, on Tuesday, December 30th at 10 a.m. with a Service of Witness to the Resurrection to follow at First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, KS at 12:30 p.m. The Reverend Kent Winters-Hazelton will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Robert’s life. Condolences can be sent to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, KS-Deacon’s Love Fund.
Messages & Condolences
I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s death. He was a valuable member of First Presbyterian Church and I am blessed to have known him.
Mrs. Banks and family, I send you my deepest sympathy. I first met Bob at Alvamar as a marshal while I was working there. This evolved into a great friendship and golfing buddy. He was part of my team in the senior league at Orchards and we always had a great time together. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Mrs. Banks and family; My condolences to you and your family. I enjoyed playing golf with Bob at Alvamar, his smile and laugh will be missed a true gentleman and friend. Bill Neuschafer
Dear Mrs. Banks, Joseph , Robbie, Cheryl and family.
On behalf of the Tolbert family and most specifically for myself, I want to extend our fullest sympathy to you at your time of loss.
I still look back fondly on the times that our families shared when we lived near each other in my childhood. I always admired “Mr. B” and can truly say that he was a standout role model for me as a boy. I was lucky to have known him. He will always be a part of me.
May God continue to bless you all.
Carlton Tolbert, Jr.
Uncle Bob was dear to me and I will truly miss him. My condolences aunt Linnie you and the family.
Mesa, AZ Family
We were so sorry to learn of Bob’s death. He sometimes stopped as drove by to talk to Eric about our house projects like painting, etc.
We are so sorry for you and your family.
Linda & Eric Hyler
Linnie, my condolences to you and your family. I live across the street from you and your husband frequentky waved hello. I’m away on vacation but do let me know if you need anything when I get back next week.
Sarah (2208 Rodeo Dr)
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