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Ronald Dewayne Banks
December 16, 1953 ~ November 14, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
Ronald Dewayne Banks was born December 16, 1953, at Camp Chaffee, Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was the firstborn child of Johnnie and Loretta Banks. He graduated from Jesse H. Jones, Sr. High School, Houston, Texas, in 1973. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on January 7, 1974. While in the Air Force, Ronald met his life partner, Sharon D. Adams, from Jacksonville, Florida. They were united in marriage on December 13, 1975. One son was born to their union, Anthony Banks.
Ronald Banks, affectionately known as “Ron” and “Ronnie”, was a devoted husband, dad, and pawpaw. He was loved by everyone that crossed his path. Ron received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University in 1995. He received a Master of Science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2010. He served in the United States Air Force for 23 years, retiring with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Ron received many military honors and awards. After retiring from the Air Force, Ron moved to Dallas, Texas where he embarked on an engineering career with Verizon Telecommunications. He retired from Verizon in 2016.
Ron loved people and had a zest for life. He treated everyone with kindness and dignity. He was an avid bowler, and he loved golf and traveling. He also loved his motorcycle, collecting Harley Davidson t-shirts from around the world, and the Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed music and played the trumpet in a band throughout Germany. Later in life, he learned to play the guitar. Ron was a master carpenter and an overall handyman. He loved hosting a cigar club and preparing holiday barbeques. Ron enjoyed being with his family and friends, and he was generous and kind-hearted.
Ron was affiliated with the American Legion, Post 776, in Dayton, Ohio, and the Prince Hall Shriners, Springfield, Ohio. He lived a full and wonderful life and will be remembered as beloved, friendly, outgoing, and by his favorite phrase, 'THANKYOUVERYMUCH'. He had a strong personal faith and believed in God, country, and family. He truly left a lasting impression on all he met.
Those who preceded him in death include his parents, Johnnie and Loretta Banks; son, Anthony Banks; brother, Cedric Banks; sister, Cathryn Rena Griffin; grandparents, Hilry and Florida Banks; father-in-law, Norman Adams, Jr.; sister-in-law, Norma Gale Preshia; and niece, Necole Williams.
Those left to cherish memories include his loving wife, Sharon Banks; grandson, Devin Banks; granddaughter, Danika Banks; daughter-in-law, Misty Banks; brother, Donald Banks and his wife, Valeria; mother-in-law; Lillie Adams; sister-in-law, Pamela Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.