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Lawrence C. Banks

Lawrence "Lonnie" Banks, 60, departed this life at 5:03 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

He was born Oct. 12, 1950, in Oxford, Miss., to Nolia Banks Jr. of Miami, Fla., and the late Frankie (Brown) Banks.

He was a 1969 graduate of Alton Senior High and he attended the University of Illinois

He was married to Pamela Lyday Banks, who survives.

He was employed with ConocoPhillips Refinery for more than 25 years and a member of House of Victory Church in Cottage Hills, Wood River Moose and a delegate of United States Bowling Association and board member, formerly the president for Habitat for Humanity and formerly president of Weed and Seed Program.

In addition to his loving companion, Gail Stewart of Alton, survivors include one daughter, Alexandra "Ali" Banks of Alton; one son, Brandon Banks of Alton; one grandson, Alex Crawford of Alton; three brothers, David Banks of Alton; Dwight (Regina) Banks of Godfrey and Raymond Banks of Houston, Texas; four aunts, Hazel Webb of Chicago, Hattie Strong of Memphis, Tenn., Barbara Banks of Oxford, Miss., and Alice (Douglas) Martin of Alton; nieces, nephews, cousins; longtime friend, Michael Pickens of Alton; and many, many friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by maternal, paternal grandparents and an uncle.

Visitation took place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Monroe Memorial Church, where Pastor Tim Naylor officiated at services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Burial was at Upper Alton Cemetery

Memorials may be made to The House of Victory Church, 20 Harvel Court, Cottage Hills, IL 62018; The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Gateway Chapter 77, Westport Plaza Suite 101, St. Louis, MO 63146.

Cathy M. Williams & Sons was in charge of arrangements.

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10/31/10 03:03 AM #1    

Thomas L. Armstrong

I am so very sorry for Lonnie's family and loved ones.  He was a good friend in high school and a really terrific guy. Though our paths did not cross in later years, I am confident that he remained that same person throughout his life, enriching the lives of those people that had the good fortune to know him. 


Tom Armstrong

11/10/10 09:52 PM #2    

Donna Cochran (Welch)

I recently spoke to Lonnie's sister-in-law and she said the family really appreciated all those who came wearing "class of 69" badges to the funeral/ visitation.  I didn't know Lonnie in high school, but am glad he was at our 40 th reunion. 

12/17/10 12:05 AM #3    

Pamela Goolsby (Lueras)

I am  so sad and so sorry to read that Lonnie lost his battle. I will always remember him for his kindness to me at high school and making me feel like I belonged. My thoughts and prayers to his family.  God bless you always. Pam Goolsby Lueras

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