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Robert Banks, 66 - January 14, 2009

Robert “Bobbie” Homer Banks, 66, of Houston, TX, formerly of Gothenburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Houston.
A celebration of life service was held Dec. 23 at Lilly Grove Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Interment took place at the Houston National Cemetery.
Banks was born Feb. 8, 1942, in Oklahoma, the eldest son of long-time Gothenburg residents Elmer and Alma Banks. He moved with his family to Gothenburg in the early 1950’s.
While attending school, he was an outstanding athlete and student, according to family members, and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1960.
He attended and graduated from Hastings College where he played football and earned a master’s degree.
Banks served in the Army at Vietnam for two years. He then worked for Hallmark in Kansas City for many years before moving to Houston, where he dedicated 21 years to educating and mentoring children at Mount Carmel High School.
Survivors include: his wife, Tyrona of Houston; five sons—Rashon (Tameka) of North Carolina, Robert Jamall, Wesley, Victor and Reginald, all of Houston; two daughters—LaKeitha and Lescine, both of Houston; two brothers—Jimmy (Kerrie) of Phoenix, AZ, and Vernon (Jo) of Boise, ID; seven grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.