Henry H. E. Banks Jr.
June 16, 1942 ‒ December 31, 2020
Henry Banks Jr. , age 78 of Delaware longtime owner of Banks Farm Market on London Rd and community advocate, passed away Thursday evening, December 31, 2020, at his home surrounded by his beloved family following a four-year illness.
He was born on June 16, 1942, in Delaware to the late Henry M. and Eleanor M. (Henderson) Banks. Henry graduated from Willis High School in 1962, where he excelled in several sports including basketball, and was a member of the Senior and Recreation Committees as well as Spanish Club. Shortly after graduation, he served in the US Army from 1964-1967, stationed throughout the US and Germany, during the Vietnam War.
Upon returning from service to Country, he worked as an electrician for 33 years with PPG in Delaware. The Banks family has been known in the business circles of Delaware since the late 1800s, an endeavor which he continued with his family business’s AHS Cleaning Services and Banks Farm Market on London Rd. Known for their wonderful produce and delicious barbecued meats, he operated the market until 2010.
A staunch Democratic, he served 16 years as a representative with the Delaware County Board of Elections. His passion for politics and community “was tempered by a rational understanding of human nature”.
A life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and AMVETS Post 104, Henry was also a member of Second Baptist Church and in 2003 was recognized by the Zion A.M.E. Church of his outstanding service to the community of Delaware. He was awarded the Hilborn Life-Time Achievement Award in 2006 by the Delaware Chamber of Commerce and in 2009 he and his brother were selected as Delaware County Outstanding Veterans.
Kind and good-hearted, he believed that if you treated everyone right, that good would come back to you. Friendly in nature, he was a respected man of character and integrity. Henry will be remembered for his honest ways and loyalty to his family, friends, customers, and community. Simply put he will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years: Annie (Green); children: Larry Green of Worthington, Jimmie (Nawal) Green of Delaware, Crystal Banks of Columbus, Sigrid Christian of Delaware; 8 grandchildren: Daniel, David, Victory, Denise, Sirya, Laquans, Qronivah, James, 4 great-grandchildren; sisters: Claudia (Michael) Hall, Marcella Wright of Dayton, sisters-in-law: Joyce (Randy) Bolton, Ernestine Thompson, and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by sisters Gloria Banks, Carrie Nelson, and brother Lewis Banks.
Friends may call from 9:00 -10:30 am on Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 where services will follow at 11:00 am, with Rev. Evelyn Johnson officiating. The services will be live-streamed and can be viewed at http://www.Facebook.com/DelawareSFH/ Face masks and social distancing are required for all attendees. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association. Due to COVID-19, there will not be a repast.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Second Baptist Church, 55 Ross St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com