Marvin Edmond Banks
Marvin Edmond Banks, 99, passed away on November 17, 2007 in Wichita Falls.
Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at Faith Village Church of Christ with Les McGalliard and Charlie Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.
Marvin was born on October 5, 1908 to the late Marcus Elias and Cora Sherrod Banks in Devol, Oklahoma. By the time he was five, he and his family had moved to Iowa Park, Texas, where he attended Pond Creek School. His dad raised wheat and other crops. Marvin graduated from Iowa Park High School in 1925, then attended Wichita Junior College (now MSU) for two years, and had an athletic scholarship. He played basketball, baseball, football, and ran track. He attended Abilene Christian University, playing football on their team, until the Great Depression started in 1929.
Marvin met Elma Jernigan in the Rexall Drugstore where he was a part-time soda jerk. She worked for a doctor who practiced upstairs over the store. They were married in 1934. Once he began working for Humble Oil in Iowa Park, he went all the way from pipeliner to truck driver, ditch digger, oil gang foreman, district gauger to district superintendent, living in McCamey, Odessa, Wink, Seminole, Andrews, Notrees, Mexia, Tomball, and Abilene where he retired in 1973 as district superintendent.
During WWII, Marvin was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Corps of Engineers. He got his training at Camp Claiborne in Louisiana. He laid pipeline for Humble Oil (Exxon) during the war. He landed in Casablanca and went through Morocco, Algiers, and ended up in Tunisia. Then he came home on rotation, went back to England and Europe, ending up in Marseilles, France as a captain. He was in Cannes on the Riviera on a week's leave when the war ended.
Marvin was an avid golfer. He played a round of golf in Bermuda after being in a shipwreck on the way to the war. In his lifetime he made 6 holes in one, two while living in Odessa, two while living in Abilene, and two in Wichita Falls. He also made a double eagle while living in Odessa, Texas.
He was active in the Church of Christ, serving as treasurer at Odessa and Seminole, Deacon at Abilene, helping at times with song leading, giving a few lessons, volunteering some assistance in construction at Faith Village and Texhoma Christian Care Center, and serving as usher at Faith Village Church of Christ.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Elma, two brothers Basil and Horace, and three sisters, Opal, Ruby, and Lola. He is survived by two sons, Marvin Jr. and Joel Thomas, two grandchildren, Summer and Weston Banks, two nieces, Sandra Burlison and Linda Brady, and two nephews, Paul Mark Banks and Jerry Butcher.
The family will be at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6-7:00 PM for visitation.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Village Church of Christ Mission Fund.
Tributes may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com