Charles Thomas Banner, 83, originally of Eldon, Missouri passed away on December 15, 2020 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
Charlie was born on June 5, 1937 to Tom and Maggie Banner in Etterville, Missouri. He gave his heart to Christ at the age of 12 while plowing his father’s field. He graduated from Eldon High School in 1954 and proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1960-1962. While enlisted, Charlie played semi-pro baseball for the Army.
Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Kay Banner (Newton); his son, Dwain Banner and his wife Trina; his son Darin Banner and his wife Kristin; his brother Larry Banner and his wife Annie; many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as lifelong friends. He was proud to be called Papa Charlie by his seven grandsons, Deacon and his wife Allee, Boaz, Jakin, Chapel, Jack, Elijah and Maxwell. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Maggie, and his brother, Sam.
Charlie and Mary Kay faithfully attended First Baptist Church in Eldon, Missouri for 55 years starting with their first date. He served his Church both as a Deacon and youth Sunday School teacher for 40 plus years. He had an unmatched commitment to leading and encouraging others in their relationship with Jesus.
Charlie owned and operated Banner and Sons Elevator Feed Store for 31 years while also running cattle and hogs on his farm. He was deeply dedicated to serving God, loving his wife, working from dawn to dusk and providing for his family. It was a priority for Charlie to raise his two sons to love God, work hard, lead their families and serve the Lord.
Charlie was best known for his warm smile, kind heart, love of Mary Kay’s cooking, farming, card games with friends, Christmas lights, spending time with his family and sitting in the bleachers to cheer on his sons and grandsons as they played sports. He will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00am on Monday, December 21st at First Baptist Church in Eldon, Missouri with a service to honor Charlie’s life beginning at 11:00am with Rev. Tony English and Rev. David White officiating. The Banner family requests all those who attend to wear a mask. Charlie’s final resting place and graveside service will be at Greenmore Memorial Gardens in Barnett, Missouri with Full Military Honors presented.
Services are under the care of Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the Banner family requests donations be made to a ministry that was close to Charlie’s heart, Hopegivers (hopegivers.org) In honor of him, we hope to build a church to serve the needs of the orphans in India. https://www.hopegivers.org/
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