Obituary for Thomas Banner
Thomas Alvin Banner, 83, passed away at his home on January 25, 2018. Born in Erwin, Tennessee on March 20, 1934 to the late Kelly and Maggie Banner, Thomas was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Jocelyn James and Phyllis Rader; and one brother, Merrel Banner. A 1952 graduate of Unicoi County High School in Erwin, Thomas had earned his degree in Agricultural Studies from the University of Tennessee in 1956, and also attained his Master’s degree from Cornell University. Thomas had also served his country proudly for over 30 years as a Colonel in the United States Army and served multiple tours overseas, including Vietnam and Korea, and retired as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Post Commander, US Army Quartermaster Center and Fort Lee, on April 30, 1987. He was officially inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame in 2014 and served as Secretary to the QM Foundation for 28 years. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of over 64 years, Lois Banner; his son, Brian Banner (Debbie); his daughter, Judy Archambault and fiancé, Jose Benitez; grandchildren, Justin Banner, Chris Banner, Jim (Stephanie), Josh (Amanda), and Jordan Archambault; and his great-grandchildren, Jonah, Abraham, Abel, and Natalie. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Colonial Heights chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory 2033 Boulevard Colonial Heights, VA 23834, with interment and full military honors to follow at Southlawn Memorial Park 1911 Birdsong Rd, South Prince George, VA 23805. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 29, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Thomas’s memory to the Fort Lee Quartermaster Foundation, 1201 22nd Street, Fort Lee, VA 23801. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.