On August 10, 2023, George C. Bannister departed this earthly life to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, leaving behind his beloved wife of 73 years, Kathleen, daughters Deborah and Elizabeth; grandsons, Jonathan and Benjamin. He is also survived by his devoted younger brother, James Bannister (Mary); along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Joe and Cordelia Bannister, brother Edwin Bannister (Nedra), son-in-law French White, and cherished niece Denise Bannister Johnston.
Mr. George Bannister proudly defended his country, serving the U.S. Army first on the Island of Okinawa and then in occupied Japan during World War II. He then attended Howard College (now Samford University) where he received a bachelors degree in History, continuing his graduate education at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Mr. Bannister then began work as a freight traffic consultant with the Birmingham firm of Farmer and Thompson, a business which he later acquired and managed for over 40 years.
The foundation and center of George's life was his strong Baptist faith, informed by strong convictions and continual Scriptural study; he was an active, devoted member of Lakeside Baptist Church, where he sang in the New Life Singers, participated in the Adult Senior Ministry, and frequently taught Sunday School. He will indeed be greatly missed by all those who had the great privilege of knowing him. Special thanks to those who have shown such loving support during this time and to the kind, professional Emergency Room Team at Grandview Medical Center. Visitation will be held at 10:00 am at Lakeside Baptist Church with funeral services immediately following at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Burial with full military honors at the National Cemetery, Montevallo, 1:15 pm., Thursday, August 17, 2023. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lakeside Baptist Church.