Thomas Duane Banks, age 50, of Northport, died Oct. 8, 2010. Services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Sunset Funeral Home with Bro. George Shaddix officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, Catalina "Christy" Banks of Northport; a daughter, Donna C. Banks of Northport; a grandson, Nathan Thomas Taggart of Northport; his mother, Mary Lois Lee Dunn (Junior) of Northport; a sister, Catherine Banks of Brookwood; a brother, Roy Richard "Ricky" Banks of Tuscaloosa; a step-brother, Steve Dunn (Nicole); his father, Roy Lee Banks of Tuscaloosa; a grandmother, Eunice Frostick (Earl) of Northport; aunts, Faye (Jerry) Moseley, Nancy Newson, and Lisa Barksdale; uncles, Robert E. Lee (Donna), William "Bill" Lee (Jan), Donnie Wright, and Mike Lee (Judy); nieces, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Herren of Brookwood, Catherine Victoria Mynhier (Jason) of McCalla, Valarie M. Turley (George) of Boaz, Natasha McCarver (Bill) of Tuscaloosa, and Rachel N. Banks of Tuscaloosa; and a host of cousins and other relatives.
His daughter is a University of Alabama student majoring in marine biology. He graduated from TCHS in 1978 and entered the Navy for three years. He served on U.S. Midway with P2 Homeport during the Iranian hostage crisis. He graduated from Shelton State Jr. College. He worked for Empire Cola until they closed. He worked at Premiere Services Co. for 4 years. He loved his family, especially his grandson, Alabama football, and fishing with Pete. He met his wife while in the Navy in the Philippine Islands. They have been married for 30 years. His wife works at TCHS. He was always rescuing homeless dogs and cats. He fed them, doctored them, cared for them and kept them at his home.
Pallbearers will be Jason Mynhier, Joseph Taggart, Jr., Mike Lee, Bill Rice, Nick Taggart, William "Bill" McCarver, Julian "Pete" Peters, and Doug Brown.
Honorary pallbearers are employees of Premiere Electric Company and Albert Arenas.