Charles Everett Banks, age 91, husband of Jackie Norwood Banks, of 106 Breeds Hill Way, Greer, SC, died at The Cascades Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Charles Banks was born at Fort Bragg, NC, the son of Colonel Clyde Girard Banks (USA, retired) and Virginia Lonas Banks of Raleigh, NC.
The son of a regular Army officer, he traveled extensively graduating from Columbus High School in Columbus, GA. He attended The Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated from The University of Alabama. He studied engineering, chemistry, and graduate business at these institutions. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity.
Mr. Banks was a veteran of WWII, having served as an engineer midshipman in the United States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps. He was employed by E.I. DuPont de Nemours for 34 years and held managerial positions in the Atomic Energy and Textile Fibers Departments. Upon early retirement, he was employed by Hanes Converting Co. in Conover, NC as Executive Vice-President. After Hanes, he was an industry consultant to the non-woven and medical device businesses. Mr. Banks was instrumental in the early development of INDA, the non-woven industry trade association.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville and actively supported the Eastside YMCA, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and The Parkinson Disease Foundation. He was an avid golfer, gardener, hiker, and history enthusiast.
In addition to his loving wife, Mr. Banks is survived by two daughters, Virginia Girard Banks of Seattle, WA and Caroline Latham Leek and her husband, Dr. Gary Lynn Leek of Johnson City, TN; a grandson, Gary Lynn Leek, Jr. of Johnson City, TN; and eight nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Colonel Thomas Girard Banks (USA, retired) and his wife, Lanelle Penny Banks of Spring, Texas; his sister, Margaret French Higgins of Camden, SC; and his first wife, Amy Law Banks.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington Street, Greenville, SC. A reception will immediately follow at Thornblade Country Club. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Road, Taylors, SC 29687, Greenville Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 2320 E. North Street, Greenville, SC 29607, or a charity of one’s choice.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown
National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Greenville
2320 East North Street, Suite L, Greenville SC 29607
Eastside Family YMCA
1250 Taylors Road, Taylors SC 29687