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Lawrence Anthony Banks

Obituary for Lawrence Anthony Banks

June 22, 1963 - September 21, 2020
3250 Birchdale Square, Virginia | Age 57


Lawrence Anthony (Tony) Banks was born in Chicago, IL on June 22, 1963 to Lawrence and Rosie (Smith) Banks. He was preceded in death by his father.
He attended St. James Catholic Elementary School and De LaSalle Institute High School in Chicago. Upon high school graduation, he briefly attended the University of Louisville, before leaving to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corp.
While in the Marines, Lawrence travelled to Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, on numerous deployments over a 7-year period. During this time, he also became close friends with a fellow Marine, Patricia Daniels, who would later become his loving wife; and to this union, two children, T'Maya Chantel and Tia Nicole were born. Upon leaving the Marines, Lawrence and Patricia moved to the D.C. area, and made it their home.
Lawrence worked as an IT consultant, specializing in telecommunications for the Veteran's Administration for the past three years. He began his career in information technology by working for GTE and continued his career holding IT/telecommunication positions with various federal governmental agencies within the Washington, D.C. area.
From a young child to adulthood, Lawrence lived life by his own beat, and left an unforgettable impression with all who were fortunate enough to spend time with him. He compassionately loved his family and friends and made every effort to spend time and share special experiences with them. From his mischievous childhood endeavors leading to many reprimands from grandparents, to his advocacy for those not able to defend themselves, Lawrence always spoke what he believed and loyally stood up when he saw injustice or mistreatment of family and friends.
Lawrence also was a great talker, as his military and lifetime experiences provided him with first-hand knowledge on many topics. If he was grilling and smoking meat in his backyard, spending time at a family gathering, or talking with his co-workers, Lawrence could be heard giving advice and his detailed views on a variety of topics, from politics, travel, family life, computers, or life in-general. He was the ultimate "girl dad" and was very proud of the young women his daughters were becoming.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 35 years, Patricia; his daughters, T'Maya and Tia Banks; his mother, Rosie M. Banks; his sister, Vera (Louis) Burrell; his mother-in-law, Geraldine Dudley; his sister-in-law, Aaronita (Hersey) Wilkin; his nephews, Anthony Dudley and Byron Burrell; his niece, Natalie Burrell; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and friends.

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