Henry H. E. Banks Jr.

June 16, 1942 ‒ December 31, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

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

  • I cannot begin to express the loss the community has been hit with by Henry Banks passing. A true statesman. He understood human nature, goodness and kindness. He was good to everyone he met and he never met a stranger. He took this girl under his wing and gave her flight! Henry you will be missed. Rest in Peace dear friend.

  • Henry graduated with my sister and I have known him since the sixties , he always had something special to say when ever I saw him, he loved to give me a hard time whenever I went in his market and he catered many times for our family events and at our car dealership and always loved to tell me what a tight ass I was. Delaware has lost a real true Delaware citizen, god is getting one of the good guys.

  • He will be missed by so many…It was a honor to know such an amazing Family and a man that so cared about the ppl he loved and worked with! Henry and I worked together in the 90’s! He also was the backbone of Liberty Community Center where he was the president of the Board! Sending love and prayers to his Family!
    Cathleen Christian

  • I remember Henry well… from South School, Willis , the Football Team and until I left Delaware in ‘59… he was and always will, a friend. RIP Henry.

  • Henry was a wonderful guy. Always appreciated his smile, always. He was a strong progressive politically. Never wavered yet could bring people of differences togerther. Loved his ribs but loved him more. Great memory too. What a loss. My thoughts and prayers to his wife and family.

  • Mr. Banks was a wonderful, intelligent, and kind man. I will always remember and respect him. The summers working with him at PPG will be a treasured memory. Rest In Peace

  • Henry was a good friend and an outstanding individual. We laughed together and played football at Willis together. Our Hilborn family was deeply honored to have Henry receive the Hilborn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. What a great Delaware citizen and American patriot. Henry Rest In Peace as we all loved you.

  • He was a good friend and a great democrat. He will be missed. To his devoted wife, stay strong and blessed.

  • Henry was a special life long friend. He was that rare individual who always stood up for what he believed while at the same time always using humor and kindness to make a friend out of everyone he met. He served as role model for me and so many others to aspire to in terms of what it means to make a difference to your community.

    I will miss you Henry.

  • I met Henry while working the elections. Very friendly and knowledgeable. I’m honored to have met him. Sympathy for his family.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss if this wonderful man but we all know that he is in glory land now. Mr. Banks was one of a kind he never had a cross word for anyone. He always had a smile on his face when he would see you no matter where you were. This community is truly going to miss one of the best man around. I will miss you my friend. You are at home walkin the golden streets with Jesus.. Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort during your time of need.

  • May God touch the family and friends of Bro. Henry Banks. Everyone loved Bro. Banks however God loved him more. While I pastored Zion AME Church I came to know Bro. Banks and many days we sat in the store while he explained the history of Delaware, Ohio and treated me to the smoked turkey legs. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain. Blessings

  • With deepest sympathy to the Banks family.
    Go and be with GOD Mr. Banks.
    Enter the Kingdom of Heaven where pain
    and suffering no longer exists.

  • Greatly sadden by the passing of Henry. A former coworker, and friend who loved the community and worked for change. A Democrat who believed in democracy from the ground up. A strong union member of the UAW. Henry will be missed, but leaves his example to follow. Will miss you Henry!

  • Henry and I were friends dating back to High School days !!!
    I played varsity basketball with him and he was a damn great player!!!!
    He and I also enjoyed our politics as adults
    Henry was such a wonderful person and made a huge contribution to the Delaware community. Thank you for sharing yourself with all who knew you.
    You will be missed.
    Your memory is cherished.
    God bless.
    Gene Buckingham

  • Mr. Banks was a great man. A grand force for the betterment of the Delaware community. His friendly smile and positive attitude lit up the room. God bless you Mr. Banks.

  • Cousin you will be missed. I will miss our trips to the Bucks games and the conversations about Delaware when I would come home. You could always make a story interesting. I will miss you.

  • Henry’s kind demeanor and infectious smile made everyone happy to be around him. My wife recognized this the first time she met him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • May the works of his legacy live on in the lives of his family members. Live life on purpose, for what his life gave meaning for. Blessings to all who loved him and shared a smile with him.

  • So sorry other of Henry’s passing. I remember him from homeroom at Willis H.S. and his skill on the basketball court. Henry was an important member of the Willis H.S. class of 1960. He was always happy and had a great smile. I was glad to have known him. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  • I oved stopping at the Banks Market and talking to Henry. Such a man of integrity. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  • Henry Banks was a was kind and smart business man that always treated people fairly. He was a mentor to a lot of up coming young people of color on how to run a business and work for yourself and be dependent on no one. You will be missed

  • Rest in Peace. The world is diminished without you in it. I will always remember your kindness and infectus good nature. Thank you for your service and for being such a good man. My prayers are with your family.

  • My five children and I have the best memories of walking to his farm market to get some penny candy, a pie, and some veggies. He always took time to talk to them and they were wee little. But they all remember his kindness. May his memory be for a blessing. He made this world a better place.

  • He was one of the good guys!!!!! Although he will be missed by many….he has left his mark on the many lives he touched!!!!! Love to you Annie, as you and your wonderful family live on without him….But always in your heart! Love, Peg and Ralph Benziger

  • Rest In Peace Henry. Prayers for the entire family. I knew Henry as a real part of the fabric of PPG while he worked there.

  • I always looked up to Mr Banks.
    What a great guy always serving his community.
    My deepest sympathies to Ann and his family.
    May God keep and confort you through your time of loss. R.I.P. Mr Henry Banks

  • To the Banks Family.
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Henry was a great guy and as the whole Banks family a pillar in the community.
    May God Bless you all over the coming days and give you peace. Know that he is whole again and no problems. We believe in our faith that God and Angels watch over us. Henry will be one for sure.
    God Bless

  • Crystal and family,
    I’m sorry for your loss.
    My dad loved stopping at the Market. The Banks family has always been a known name in our community.
    I went to Woodward and Willis with Crystal.
    Sending love and prayers.

  • My deepest condolences to the Banks Family!

    But Mr. Banks:
    The last two years were devastating. You will be missed my great friend and Mentor!
    Rest-in-Peace in Heaven. Until we meet again; bye for now.
    ~ Taj.

  • My deepest condolences to the Banks Family!

    But Mr. Banks:
    The last two years were devastating. You will be missed my great friend and Mentor!
    Rest-in-Peace in Heaven. Until we meet again; bye for now.
    ~ Taj.

  • My condolences to the Banks family!!!

    God truly received a feisty angel in heaven! I am so thankful to be able to have known such a wonderful man over the past years.

    Mrs. Banks I am here if you need me! Love you to the moon and back!

    Denise Spratt, RN, BSN
    Capital City Hospice

  • Sorry for your loss. We enjoyed spending time with Henry when he n Dale served on the Board of Elections. He was a very special person & will be greatly missed. RIP, Henry❤️

  • Dear Annie and Banks Family,

    It was an honor for me to get to know you and Henry over the past 10 years or so. He was a faithful community leader, a strong Democrat and public servant on the Board of Elections, as well as a champion for Liberty Community Center.
    I’m grateful for his long life and for the legacy he leaves in this community and in his family.

    May God continue to hold you all in His hands,
    Peg Watkins

  • To the entire Banks Family, Our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and cousin. Our family has known your family since I can remember and seems to be entwined in so many ways.

    May God comfort you in your loss. Scripture promises us that death is an enemy that one day will be destroyed. May you look forward to that glorious day!

  • We will remember Henry for his smile and always making a stranger into a friend. A good friend he was truly Delaware’s gentle giant. Rest in peace Henry

  • So sorry about Henry’s passing. He was a fine person, in fact, one of the finest persons that I have ever known. Annie, Larry, and Jimmie–Henry’s entire family— are all in my thoughts and prayers. We’ve lost a good one.

  • Mr. Banks was a community treasure. His history will not go unforgotten. Another award he received was the Delaware City Schools Trimble Award. This award, named after Catherine Trimble, was given to him for his activism in promoting equity for all in Delaware.

  • Crystal, please know that I am thinking of you and your family as you have laid your loved one to rest. May God bless and Comfort you all. 🌹

  • Wow, Henry will continue to be missed and we are less without him. My family was lucky to have known him. He always gave me good advice about what was important and what to do as a Board of Elections member. He had patience and wisdom…rare qualities these days. Our condolences to his family.
    p.s. His pies were great too!

  • Henry was a community treasure. Will we ever see the likes of him again? Maybe we will, but only if we work as hard as he did, serve community and family as a lifetime mission, as he did, and keep the inspiration of his legacy in our hearts.

  • Mr. Banks was a wonderful man. I shopped at his market as long as I could and miss it still. I send all loving thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • To the Banks family:

    My deepest condolences on your loss. In the short time I knew him and the brief encounters we had doing community work, Henry made a huge impression on me. He was kind, smart, rational, and forward-thinking. What he taught me about community work and advocacy was immeasurable and I am forever grateful to him.

    Henry was an incredible human being. The loss to the community of Delaware, and the Liberty Community Center especially, cannot be overstated. I am thankful that I got to work with him there.

    The first time I met him, I went to the market and asked for coleslaw and pulled pork. When I tried to pay with a card, he told me they didn’t take them, but to take the food and bring back the cash on another day. I was flabbergasted. He didn’t know me, didn’t know my name, didn’t know that I worked at PPG. I wasn’t yet involved in community work in Delaware. He didn’t know me from Eve. He was just kind and generous.

    Such a lovely man. I am so grateful I got to meet him and work with him.

    You have my heartfelt sympathy.

  • Henry was a giant in our community; always focusing on the needs of others. His family is so fortunate to be related to this icon. We love you and miss you Henry!

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