Benny Carroll Banks, Jr.

benny banks, jr.
Benny Carroll Banks, Jr., of Fairview, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009 at his residence. A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was the son of Martha Jolly Emery of Arden and the late Benny C. Banks, Sr. He was US Navy Veteran, serving on the USS Wainwright, a member of the NC Search and Rescue Dog Team and worked with the Field Service Team with Hearts with Hands. Benny retired in 2007 from Wachovia Bank and was currently employed by Carolina First. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Robin Marion Sharpe Banks; children, Savannah Blake Banks and Logan Banks of the home; his step-mother, Joan Rhew Banks of Asheville; five step-sisters, Shirley Bailey and Donna O'Connor of Asheville, Judy Davidson of Swannanoa, Sandra Brooks of Marietta, GA and Debbie Angel of Arden; a half brother, Chip Emery and his wife, Jennifer, of Arden and two step-brothers, Mike Emery of Fairview and Chris Emery of Atlanta, GA. A funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian conducted by the Rev. John Mark Harrison. A visitation will immediately follow. Interment will be at 2 pm Monday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with military honors provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the NC Search and Rescue Dog Assoc., PO Box 956, Clyde, NC 28721 or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Robin, Logan and Savannah
    Benny was a wonderful man and he will truly be missed but never forgotten. Love Mike and Donna

  2. Martha,Chip,and family,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.May God give you strength
    to make it through this loss.

  3. Happy memories of a young man who grew up to be a fine person. He will be missed by many who knew and loved him. My sincere condolences to all of Benny’s family.

  4. Happy to have known Benny during my TCR days, what a guy!

    All his good qualities are evident with the wonderful and loving family he leaves behind.

    God’s Peace Be With You.

    Gene Bowman

  5. Robert and I are so glad to say we knew and loved Benny, we have such fun memories, he will be greatly missed.

  6. BC was a great coworker and friend. He was so easy going and his wonderful smile was contagious. He will truly be missed.

    May the Lord be your source of comfort during these difficult days and for years to come.

    In Christ,

    Rick Shaft

  7. As an employee of Wachovia, I feel very fortunate to have known BC. I will never forget how lovingly he would speak of Robin, Savannah and Logan. I will also remember the tasty cornbread baked in an iron skillet and brought to work place gatherings. BC was so nice in letting me take the leftovers home! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dianne Black

  8. My deepest condolences to Robin and Savannah and Logan and all of Benny’s Family for their immeasurable loss. Benny was as good a friend as anyone could ever want or have. In all of my travels, I could always think of Benny and the times we had as boys and it would never fail to bring a smile to my face. Everyone who knew Benny will miss him as he always brightened every room he entered… I know I will.

  9. BC was a great friend. We could always count on him to show up at training and searches. He will truly be missed as a team leader and partner in Search & Rescue. Our deepest sympathies to BC’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers

  10. I never saw BC without a smile on his face and I know that he is smiling down on his family today. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. Mike, Cindy, Justin, Adam, Jessica and Jacob

  11. Martha & family:
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Benny was a very special person. Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you all. Please know that I am here if you need anything.
    With Love, Carolyn

  12. Ms. Martha & family:
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all during this difficult time.
    Much Love,
    Penny & Jason

  13. We haven’t spoken much, but our prayers and thoughts with you and your family. We’re just over on Emerald Dr and if there’s anything you need just let us know.

  14. Our condolences to his family,I know you all must take great pride in the enormous number of lives that he touched with his giving and always friendly demeanor.BC was someone very special in his commitment to public service, with NC SAR dogs he was a valued team member and great example for all. He will be greatly missed.

  15. Robin- I am sorry I don’t know you or your children but my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. You have gone through a great deal with B.C. and I thank you for making the journey with our friend

  16. Dear Robin,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. May God bless and comfort all of you just as He promises.

    Amy and Wendell Howard

  17. I am so sorry for the loss of such a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you and give you strength through this time of sorrow.

  18. Just to say, our thoughts and prayers are with you. I so much enjoyed working with BC a number of years. He could always make us laugh. We all knew how much he loved his family and how proud he was of them.
    God Bless you all in this time of sorrow.
    Kathy Buchanan

  19. Although we had been separated by many miles for years, Bennie has been a good and cherished friend for years. I have so many good memories of all our times together. The best news I’ve heard in some time is that he went home saved. Paula Edwards shared that story and the news of his baptism with me. God bless you all, and thank you Benny for so many wonderful memories. Jim Henderson

  20. Dear Robin,
    How my heart breaks for you and Savannah and Logan. You have such a beautiful heart, and wonderful children. May God submerse you in His grace and hold you close and may you feel His very breath upon you and know you are never alone.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Michelle, Keith,& Alexandria Ownbey

  21. We are so sorry for your loss. We had known BC for several years through SAR & Hearts with Hands and he will be greatly missed. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this terrible time of grief. I will never forget the wonderful years of growing up and sharing life with my cousin and best friend Benny.

  23. B.C. was always so genuinely nice and took the time to teach and explain credit decisions at First Union where I had to pleasure to work with him. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family.


  24. I was deeply saddened to hear of Bennie’s passing today. Bennie was an all around good guy. Robin, Logan, Savannah, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. We really miss BC. He and Dan shared a love of all things cowboy – especially the singing cowboy movies and their songs. He was a wonderful co-worker. He was easy to work with, thoughtful, and always had a smile and a funny story to tell even this past year when there wasn’t a lot to smile about. We wish you the best of luck and please let us know if you need help with anything.

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