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Willie Marvel Banks
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1911
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 2003
Carter County
Oklahoma, USA

Born Jan. 27, 1911, in Waco, Texas, he died June 3, 2003, at a local health care facility.

At an early age the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, later on to Pauls Valley, Okla., and finally settled in Ardmore.

Willie attended Douglass High School where he was an outstanding football player. He was nicknamed "Bear Banks" by his teammates. He graduated from Douglass in 1934.

He met and married Alma Ruth Johnson. To this union two sons were born, Willie Marvel Jr. and Howard. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

He united with First Baptist Church where he served as an usher for many years and was a member of the Brotherhood. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in New Guinea, the Philippines and South West Pacific. After being honorably discharged from service, he returned to Ardmore and worked at First National Bank on Main Street. A brick bearing his name has been placed in front of the building. He was an active member of Sunset Lodge 85. He contributed to several charities and was a founding contributor to the African American Firefighter Museum in Los Angeles.

Willie showed much love for his family and often visited them in California.

He is survived by his devoted sons, Willie Jr., and wife, Martha, Chino Hills, Calif., and Howard and wife, Gladys, Los Angeles; two grandsons; five granddaughters; three great-grandsons; eight great-granddaughters; three great-great-grandsons; a great-great-granddaughter; cousins, Willie Gallaway, Lane City, Texas, and Jessie Washington, Waco, Texas; and other relatives, dear friends and great neighbors.

Ragsdale-Grant and Sons Mortuary will direct services.

Full published in The Daily Ardmoreite, June 7, 2003 
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Gene Autry
Carter County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Catahoula Hound
Record added: Jul 23, 2012
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