August 7, 1950 ~ August 11, 2021

Born in: Boston, MA
Resided in: Candler, NC

Philip Pendleton Banks, Sr., 71, of Candler, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Born August 7, 1950 in Boston, MA, Philip was a son of the late Eugene Pendleton Banks and Catherine Barber Banks, of Winston Salem. He was also preceded in death by the mother of his children, Brenda Daniel Banks.

Mr. Banks was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Anthropology and University of South Carolina in Columbia with a Masters in Library Science. He was a Librarian for Buncombe County for over 30 years. He was also the former pilot of the hot air balloon Morning Humming Bird.

Surviving are his daughter, Amanda Franks and husband Blain; sons, Philip Banks, Jr. and wife Jennifer, with grandchildren Madelyn, Oliver and Henry, and Austin Banks and wife Sarah, all of Candler; a sister, Kate Culbreth and family; and brothers, Jay and John Banks and family.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Our condolences to Mr. Banks’ family, with memories of his friendly greetings, a smile we could count on, and his readiness to share a story or two. We are sorry for your loss.

  2. We are so very sorry for your loss Austin, Sarah and family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Love you Uncle Phil. Thank you for being a great older brother to my Dad. All my love to all the Bankses, and especially Phil, Austin and Amanda. Love, Sara (Banks) Thompson

  4. My favorite memories from childhood involve so many fun things I did with my Uncle Phil. I got to ride in his hot air balloon when I was little, he was always smiling and happy to see me when we would visit NC from TX, and more than that he was an amazing big brother to my father, John Banks. We will remember you always and cherish the memories we have of the fun and love we share as a family no matter how far apart we are. Sending all my Banks family and extended family a big hug, especially my cousins Philip, Austin and Amanda. You’re daddy was one in a million and we are proud to call him our Uncle. Love y’all. – Katie

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss , have known him since Philip was a little guy when I started babysitting for him and Brenda many years ago . He will certainly be missed as I saw him out from time to time and talked to him😢

  6. I am. sadden to hear of your passing, Uncle Phil. I am honored and blessed to have known you. All the best to your family in their time of need. Rest In Peace.

  7. Pack Library will remember Philip for his memory of local factoids and Thomas Wolfe history. He told stories and would always tell me about 2 sisters that had my maiden name, saying they might be related to me. Why, just this morning we had a Philip-ism – The stapler was stuck and we used the technique of placing a pencil under the arm of the stapler to press and cause the stuck staple to eject. That was his technique. We will remember him.

  8. Though he retired a few years back, I equate Pack Library with Philip. He was already a familiar face 23 years ago, when he helped me proof my library school application. I was able to print it just before closing time that Saturday afternoon. I will remember him for that and other helpful acts.

  9. So sorry to hear about Phillip’s passing. We used to fly balloons with him in the late 1980’s. We had re-established contact recently. Sending you wishes for comfort & peace

  10. I met Philip when I was working at Doc Brown’s in Candler. He came in often and one evening I struck up conversation with him by asking his name. From that point on the conversations continued every time he visited. He was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. I enjoyed the stories he shared of his interesting life as well as the wealth of knowledge that he had to provide. My thoughts are with your family at this time. I am fortunate to have met Philip and grateful that I was able to know him for the short period that I did. He was a unique person that the world will miss.


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