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June 7, 1920 - Aug 16, 2012 DEL CITY Lester Banning, a longtime resident of Del City and Pastor of Del Haven Tabernacle in Del City for 37 years, passed away August 16, 2012. Lester was born on June 7, 1920, to Frank and Myrtle (Bartholomew) Banning in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. He married Juanita Shelton January 29, 1941, and they had three children, Betty, Tom and John. Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Myrtle; and his two brothers, Harvey and Leo.He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Juanita; his sister, Mae Mitchell and husband Bill; his daughter, Betty Rogers and husband Tom; his son, Tom and wife Wanda; and his son, John and wife Denise. Lester is also survived by nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Holmes; and two brothers-in-law, Jack and Mack Shelton.Lester enjoyed people and sowing in their lives spiritually and materially over the years. His enjoyment was spending time with family, fishing and boating and annual trips to Roaring River and Lake Eufaula with family.Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2012. Services will be Monday, August 20, 2 p.m. at Bill Eisenhour Southeast Funeral Home, 5005 S.E. 29th St., Del City, OK. Interment will be 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 20, 2012, at Brown Cemetery, Pink, OK. The family has suggested, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Lester's memory to the Destiny Christian Center Building Fund.

Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 19, 2012
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