Charles Edward Bannister

August 20, 1932October 12, 2021

Charles “Chuck-Gunnie” Bannister, age 89, of Southport, NC, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his daughters on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Chuck was born on August 20, 1932, in Crown Hill, WV to the late Robert and Violet Bannister.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Bannister and Gary "Butch” Bannister, and his sister, Jackie Gibson. He is survived by his brother William "Buck" (Phyllis) Bannister of Spartanburg, SC, and sister Vicki (Mark) Banks of Roanoke, VA, his daughters Deborah Brooks of Mesquite, NV, Sherrie (Roy) West of Cross Lanes, WV, Pam (Ron) Gregor of South Charleston, WV and Kim (Kent) Lipton of Murrells Inlet, SC. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Chuck (Sarah) Brooks, Danielle (Adam) Henderson, Eric West (Paula Shafer), Brandon (Grace) West, Mike (Seka) Gregor, Joe (Andrea) Gregor, Parker Lipton, along with 11 great grandchildren and 7 nieces, two nephews, and several great nieces and nephews and long time companion, Joyce Boggess.

Chuck loved life and loved playing music beginning at a young age. He played drums for the St. Albans High School band and continued playing his drums, guitar, banjo and wash board till the end of his life.

He joined the Marines at the age of 17 and proudly served his country. On September 8, 1951 he married Jenny Terry and began his family in Cleveland, OH and then settled in Brunswick, OH. While in Ohio his 4 daughters were born. There he volunteered at the fire department, worked with the Boy Scouts, learn to fly a plane and joined the Masonic Lodge in 1964.

In 1969 he moved his family back to WV and started a general maintenance business with his brother Donnie. He was inducted into the Beni Kedem Shriners in 1973 and became a 32nd degree of Scottish Rite. He played in the Beni Kedem band and marched in many parades. In 1983, with his children grown, he and Jenny ventured to a sunny and warmer place to live and found Oak Island to be the perfect fit.

“Gunnie” opened Ye Olde Gun Club in 1991 and was able to meet people from all around the country when they visited the range. He was an NRA Instructor teaching gun concealment classes but also enjoyed teaching young people about the safety of guns. Lots of good times were to be had at the gun club with Turkey Shoots, pig roasts, live music and competitions. His faithful gun club companions were his dogs Bruno 1 and Bruno 2. You rarely saw one without the other.

His greatest joy was taking his grandchildren to the range and watching them fishing in the ponds, riding the golf cart or the 4 wheeler, and teaching them to shoot. But not before stopping at McDonalds for breakfast.

Please join us at Ye Olde Gun Club in celebrating his life on October 23 at 12:00pm. A light lunch will be provided. Come share your memories of this “CHARACTER” we call dad.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bannister family.


23 October

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm

Ye Olde Gun Club

4200 Committee Dr SE
Southport, North Carolina


Charles Edward Bannister

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Roger Woodruff

October 21, 2021

My wife and I move down here in 2019from strongsville Ohio. I called Chuck’s number and he signed me up right on the spot. I also got to meet Bruno head of security. We also shared stories about family and shooting. He told me he had bought the property for his family and to share with friends. My daughter and I appreciate the range very much. Thank you Chuck. Rest in peace.

Brad Schaefer

October 20, 2021

Oh, chuck…you were so funny, welcoming, and critical. When I was shooting and had problems you were always there to lend a hand. The first to correct me and the last to congratulate me on my progress in the shooting game. Always made me feel good. A true mentor. This world is lesser than with out you in it. Much love brother RIP

Cyndi Hess

October 16, 2021

Mr. Bannister was quite the character! I met him in 1982 as Kim’s roommate in Garden City, SC. He was always a jokester. The last time I saw him was over a Thanksgiving holiday at Kim and Kent’s home in Murrells Inlet, SC. As we shared our meal together, he shared his with the dog who was under the table. He had been encouraged NOT to feed the dog under the table 😱.

Susan Hathcock

October 15, 2021

My most heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Deborah. I am so very sorry. There is more sunshine in heaven now. God bless you. ❤️😇🙏🏻

Lila and Sonny Angel

October 15, 2021

Pam and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our prayers during this difficult time.

Love and God Bless,

Lila and Sonny Angel

Diana Sova

October 15, 2021

Sherrie and sisters,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts, love, and prayers.
We Love You, great neighbor,
Ron and Diana

Nancy Green

October 15, 2021

I met his oldest daughter Debbie in the 11th grade & we’ve been best friends since. I knew the whole family & spent lots of time & nights at their house. I love them all & they’ve been good to me. Chuck danced to the beat of his own drum & he will be missed by his family & his many friends.

RIP Chuck Bannister 🙏

Joye and Robby Byrum

October 15, 2021

Sending prayers to the family for their loss. Blessed with wonderful loving daughters.