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Elder Calvin Dwayne Banks

August 17, 1963 August 21, 2020
Elder Calvin Dwayne Banks
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Calvin Banks - Obituary
Like the birth of a star, the shockwave of predestination caused the implosion of a marital union to produce a precious life, Elder Calvin Dwayne Banks, on August 17th, 1963. That marital union was between Armond and Tennie Banks, young parents of one older child by the name of Cynthia. Early in his life, Calvin discovered the audience of one—the Almighty God that was jealous over his soul. He surrendered his heart to Christ throughout his life and became a seeker of Truth.
In his personal life, Calvin graduated from Buchholz High School, the home of the bobcats, where he served on the football team and became a member of the concert chorus. He was a recipient of the Unique’s Women’s Club Scholarship. After high school, Calvin enrolled in Bethune Cookman College. While a student, Calvin joined the Bethune Cookman Concert Chorale and traveled around the country performing a variety of musical work including that of distinguished African American songwriters. His professional life included working as a cook, counselor, corrections officer, and security guard. Most notably during his professional career, he served 15 years as an officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice and 9 years as a mental health technician with the North Florida Evaluation Center. Calvin loved horses and often participated in horse riding and training of horses. He was also a licensed elder and served faithfully at Banks Chapel, Church of God in Christ for more than 15 years.
Like the death of a star, the light began to fade away on Friday, August 21st, around 10:00 a.m., when the Elder Calvin Banks slipped into a deep sleep. The bible declares: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” The Light of God illuminated the eyes of Calvin as his heart was transported into eternity. Calvin was rewarded for seeking God with all his heart and is now singing in the heavenly choir.
The Elder Calvin Banks, the singer, cowboy, and minister has left behind a powerful legacy of faith, devotion, and the Joy of the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents: Armond and Tennie Banks; and sister, Cynthia Shorter. Among those that will cherish his memory include—on daughter, Charna Banks, granddaughter Bellani Richardson; four sisters: Evelyn Banks of Gainesville FL, Felica West (Glenn) of Laurel Maryland, Dawnette Banks of Laurel Maryland, and Darlene Collins (Elmo) of Orlando FL; his brother-in-law, Byron Shorter (Orlando, FL); nephews: Byron Jonathan Shorter, Matthew Shorter, Jeremy Shorter, Ryan Shorter, Phillip Shorter, Gabriel West; nieces: Sophia West, Marshay Collins, Tyshay Collins, Brittany Collins; and a host of relatives and loved ones. In lieu of flowers, the Family requests that donations be made to Calvin's granddaughter's education fund via the following link:
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