William B. Banning

March 9, 1953October 4, 2019

William B. Banning, 66, was born March 9, 1953 in Florence, SC and passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019. He was the son of the late Orville F. and Ruby Bell Banning.

Mr. Banning is survived by his wife, Wanda (Gore) Banning; son, William B. Banning ll, (Shannan); daughter, Angela B Shumpert; grandchildren, Victoria Shumpert, Brett Shumpert, William B. Banning lll, Devin Shumpert, Luke Shumpert and Lena Wrenn Banning; sisters, Alice Jones (James), Betty Dowling (Thomas), Barbara Shirley, and Rosie Baum (Glenn).

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 at First Baptist of Lexington, 415 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the church with graveside service to follow at 3:00 p.m. in Mt. Hope Cemetery, 100 Cherokee Rd., Florence, SC 29501.

Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.


  • Visitation before service Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 7, 2019


William B. Banning

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Bob Steele

October 8, 2019

Wanda, Benjie and Angia,
Words cannot express what a shock and hurt, when we heard Friday night that Bill had gone home to be with the Lord. We were in Hendersonville, NC for Sara's Wedding on Saturday night.... They went on the Gatlinburg, TN on Sunday morning. We came home and Myree had to take the children - Gabe, Isabelle and Jacob to Sumter, spent the night to get them ready for School on Monday and Tuesday. I had to work on Monday ... So sorry we missed the funeral.... Been praying for the Lord's comfort for y'all... We love y'all.
Bob and Myree

Jimmy & Mary Miller

October 6, 2019

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing, but glad to know that he's in heaven with the Lord. Our prayers are with all your family. May He give you peace and His comfort.

Steven Teer

October 6, 2019

I worked with Bill on his campaigns for county council, and he and his family were neighbors in West Columbia. I served under Bill on a couple of boards for Lexington County and remember Him being a great Christian family man, and caring for the people of Lexington County, he served with honesty and dignity. He will be truely missed. I will keep Wanda and the family in my prayers. 🙏

Tammy Colvin

October 6, 2019

I had the privilege of working with Bill Banning for many years through Life of Virginia. Bill, was one of the most generous men I have ever met. He was extremely caring and kind to everyone that had the pleasure of crossing his path.

He was a devoted Christian and family man. Bill, loved Wanda, Benjie and Angie with all of his heart and soul. His face would light up each time he talked about his family. He was such a proud Grandfather and loved every minute he spent with them.

This is truly a sad day, and Heaven no doubt reclaimed an amazing angel. Rest in Peace my Dear Friend and you will forever remain in my heart and be missed!

Tammy E. Colvin

Lisa Freeman

October 6, 2019

I was Bill hairstylist about 13 years ago. I always remember Bill was so proud of his family. We always enjoyed talking about his kids He always came in the shop with a smile on his face. He will be missed!

Jackie Rawl

October 6, 2019

Bill was a great person and friend. I always told him he was much older than me by a few months. He was a now to earth person and always caring about others. He will be truly missed. Praying for his family.
Jackie Rawl & Bonnie Jeffcoat

John Huffman

October 6, 2019

A great man, a noble man, and one I know whose memory and contributions to his county will long endure.
Of him, what Cassius said to Brutus in Julius Caesar is apt:

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Hubert Long

October 6, 2019

Prayers for all of the family. A great Christian man that I loved.

Marcia Pierce

October 6, 2019

Bill Banning was extremely respected and admired in the insurance industry. He stood for integrity and expected the same from others. He served as the youngest Presidents of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) of South Carolina and he served a similar position as a leader of NAIFA Midlands. Leadership was in his DNA. He chaired board meetings with ease and he inspired his fellow professionals to strive for excellence. I was elated when he was elected to Lexington County Council. I knew Bill would be innovative in thought and conservative in budgeting. He adored his sweet Wanda, and had the brightest smile when he spoke of Benjie, Angie, and the grandchildren. When Angie had the twins, I don’t think his feet touched the ground for a month. He spoke of his religion conviction without reservation and led by example. His life’s rudder was prayer and faith and he relied on it to steer him through the safe and turbulent waters of life. Bill Banning's quick wit, contagious smile and love of mankind will be with me forever.
Marcia Pierce

Margaret Hopkins

October 5, 2019

This morning I woke up to very bad news of the death of the best Boss and friend I have ever had. Bill Banning gained his Angel wings to Heaven yesterday. I am just heartbroken, speechless and don’t know what to say. Angie Banning Shumpert, Benjie Banning and Ms. Wanda, my heart and prayers go out to you. There are No words that can be said to take your pain away. I wish I could tell you that everything was going to be OK but I can’t. I do know he is rejoicing in Heaven. I first met Mr. Banning at MetLife when he came to be our Manager in 2000. He had the most inspiring love for his family and co-workers. Every time he shared one of his family stories, his eyes would light up with the most amazing shine. A shine that could never be unnoticed. He had the most amazing, courageous, strength and tenacity that every single person who ever came into contact with him could feel while in his presence. He was a manager, mentor, friend and a father. He had a way of making each one of us on the team feel like we were his favorites. I was so privileged to have worked with such an amazing, strong man, who had such a deep care about his team members. Mr. Banning taught us strong values and the importance of working together tightly as a team, tolerance towards one another, generosity and tolerance towards one another’s weaknesses. I will always remember him as a Christian first of all, a leader, a fighter, and a strong man with great work ethics. He was a great Lexington County Councilman and I am sure he is definitely going to be missed. May GOD give you all the Peace that passeth all understanding! I Love All of You!