Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home

312 West Union Street, Liberty, IN


Bennie Morell Banks

February 3, 1939January 12, 2020

Bennie M. Banks, age 80, of College Corner, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Good Sam Hospital. He was born on February 3, 1939 in Letcher County, Kentucky, the son of the late Curtis and Gertrude (Everidge) Banks. On May 28, 1960, he married Charlotte Amburgey. Bennie was a retired custodian having been employed at the Stewart Building in the Talawanda School District, and later had worked as a care taker for the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Miami University. Bennie was a member and oldest deacon at Brookville Road Baptist Church, member of Sigma Chi, a Kentucky Colonel and was on the town council of College Corner. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte Banks; children, Shawnda (Jeff) McKissick and Bennie (Tammy) Banks Jr.; grandchildren, Kyle, Jonah, Hannah, Jerrad, Jeremy, Ashley, Walker and Gracie; 9 great grandchildren and one on the way; brother Wilgus (Sue) Banks; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Lisa Banks and Cathy Drake-Banks and 4 siblings. Funeral Ceremony will be held at 1pm on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, College Corner, with Pastor Roy VanWinkle officiating. Interment will follow at Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to services from 11am to 1pm at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Sigma Chi White Rose Ceremony Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Funeral Ceremony Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Bennie Morell Banks

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Doug Marcum

January 15, 2020

I worked with Bennie at Stewart from 1969 to 1974. Bennie also hired me to work roofing, siding and general carpentry jobs with him during summers over those years. In more than a few instances we were a crew of two. More than just a co-worker we became good friends, and we ran into each other and caught up numerous times after I left Stewart. Bennie will be missed by all that had the good fortune to come to know him. I offer my most sincere condolences to Charlotte and his extended family. Rest in peace Bennie.

Diane Woedl

January 15, 2020

I have such fond memories of Bennie and his family. They were such a big part of my life when I was raising my young girls . They are and always will be a special family and I am very glad to consider them my friends. Thinking of you all today and sending my love to you .

Jeanette Day

January 14, 2020

I remember his smile and kindness from Stewart School. Hugs and prayers.

Sharon Reece

January 13, 2020

Enjoyed seeing him smile as I delivered the mail! May he rest in peace!
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