John C. Banker Jr.

December 13, 1931June 12, 2013

John Carlton Banker, Jr., age 81, passed away peacefully in Hospice on June 12, 2013. Mr. Banker, was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, but spent most of his boyhood in Portsmouth, Virginia. He lived in the Orlando area for 43 years. He was a veteran of both the Korea and Vietnam wars, retiring in 1969 with over 20 years of military service. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a participant in the U. S. Nuclear Testing in Nevada, conducted in the 1950's. Later, as a member of the Air Force, Mr. Banker was involved in global photo-mapping. This took him to Iceland, Greenland, Philippines and Borneo. Later he became an Instructor/Technical Writer. During the 1960's, Mr. Banker was a "space pioneer" working with the early U.S. spy satellite ventures at Vandenberg AFB, California. He was instrumental in developing training programs for initial military space tracking systems. Later, he would become a Director of Computer Training. For this, he was awarded the U.S. Air Force Master Instructor Badge and twice, the AF Commendation Medal. His post-service employment included Harris Corporation of Palm Bay, Florida, Lockheed/Martin, Orlando and Litton Laser Systems. Later, using his computer skills, he worked in the fast-growing computer software industry as a Software Technical Writer for The Kirchman Corporation of Altamonte Springs, Florida Infomanagement Systems (FIS) of Orlando. He was also employed by Credit Card Software (CCS) of Maitland, where he became a Vice President. He was a published poet and received The Editor's Choice Award for outstanding achievement in Poetry. Mr. Banker has published a book of poetry, entitled "Reflections." He has also completed a manuscript, "My Generation" which is waiting to be published. Among his writing is an additional manuscript "Journey into Hell" based on his experience in the U.S. Nuclear testing program. Mr. Banker has also co-authored several books; one about technical writing and another, a fiction novel (based on his war-time experiences) written and published by a friend. Other writings have appeared in other publications. He was a licensed Baptist Minister and ordained Deacon. He had served churches as Sunday School Teacher, Bible Lecturer, Youth Director, Educational Director, and as an interim Pastor. He was involved in Children's Church Programs for many years. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Sue of Apopka; son Donald Banker (Lynchburg, Virginia) and daughters Deborah (Susan) Vandiviere (Lynchburg, Virginia), Melanie Fernandez (Apopka), Sandra Manon (Longwood), and Jennifer Johnson (Apopka). He had three grandchildren, Ashley Manon and Evan Manon, both of Longwood and Cooper Johnson of Apopka. He had one surviving brother, Edward Eugene (Savannah, Georgia) and one surviving sister, Rosemary Huff (Riverside, California). The memorial service will be held on Monday, June 17th at 10:30 a.m. at Powers Drive Baptist Church located at 3311 North Powers Drive, Orlando, Florida 32818. Viewing at the same location at 9:30 a.m. Share memories, condolences at Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in his name to Hospice of the Comforter, 605 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714.


  • Visitation Monday, June 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 17, 2013
  • Committal Service Monday, June 17, 2013

John C. Banker Jr.

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June 19, 2013

Sue...Peggy and I were saddened to learn of John's passing. WE loved so much knowing you and serving with you at PDB church. Our love goes out to you and the family and may every remembrance of John bring joy to your heart. Love you..
dick and peggy milham

Diana & Fred Larsen

June 18, 2013

You are your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sandi Scarr

June 17, 2013

John was our neighbor and friend for 16 years. He was like an adopted grandfather to my children. Everybody knew John's booming laugh and all the kids in the neighborhood loved him. He will be missed.

Johnny Cline

June 17, 2013

I met John at Radiation/Harris Corp many years ago. He was witnessing to a man about Christ in the break area. I've never met a better man. Vivian and I love him, Sue, and his girls. I look forward seeing John again in Heaven

June 16, 2013

I will always remember John and be thankful for the influence hd had on my children. He was a wonderful Christian. My heart goes out to Sue, Sandra and Melanie and all their families.
Barbara Lamb

Deanna & Bill Thompson

June 16, 2013

Sending our sincere condolences to Aunt Sue, Melanie, Sandra, and Jennifer...we are deeply saddened by the passing our Uncle Johnny and we are also so sorry we can't be there to help you say goodbye to him.

Tim & Denise daniels

June 16, 2013

You ere a great Uncle I will always remember you and when I was growing up you were a huge influence. Give my mom a hug.Love you

June 16, 2013

Charles Dickens wrote the novel "A Tale Of Two Cities " about the French Revolution , that begins with the following two sentences : It was the best of times , It was the worst of times. For John , today is the best of times , but for the family and friends it is the worst of times. In times like this , we all need to remind ourselves that The Apostle Paul said in Second Corinthians 5:8 " To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord " John is a friend and we will all miss him. From : The Clarke Family

Jeff Daniels

June 15, 2013

So sad about uncle Johnny passing away. My heart goes out to Aunt Sue. My girlfriend Barbara and I were planning to go to Florida this summer and see them both.I know he is in Heaven with his mom and two of his sisters. Miss them also.

Dennis & Joan Blay

June 15, 2013

We are saddened upon hearing of John's death. He was, indeed, a kind and thoughtful man and we are blessed to have known him...and to know some of his family. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Condolences to Sue and all of the family. Love, Dennis and Joan Blay