Michael David Banks Jr.

Visitation Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Visitation Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
Funeral Time: 11:00 am
Place of Funeral: Salerno's Rosedale Chapels
Funeral Notes: During visiting hours, it is still recommended to follow the State of Illinois guidelines limiting gathering and guests should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Interment: St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery

A TRUE FRIEND IS A FRIEND INDEED

Michael David Banks Jr. transitioned to glory Wednesday September 2nd 2020, at his home in Los Angeles California. He started his journey here on earth on January 25th 1992 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois born to parents Delana Marie Banks (Thomas and Barbara Jean Powell) and Michael David Banks Sr (Audrey and Fred Banks- deceased) and continued his adolescent and adult life in Hanover Park IL. Michael attended Prairieview Elementary, Eastview Middle School, and Bartlett High School where he excelled in basketball and football and was awarded a full basketball scholarship to attend Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri. He later obtained his Bachelors’ Degree of Business Management from Robert Morris College in 2017. His passion was music and making music videos.
Mike’s tenacious spirit and infectious sense of humor affected everyone around him. A close friend once said, “Once you met Mike you would never forget his smile, zest for life and generosity.” Mike could make anyone laugh hysterically as he was a big jokester. He was always generous with his time, money, or whatever support anyone wanted or needed. He had a heart of gold.
Mike’s heartbeats were his three children Nahlaya, Irie and Michael III. He loved his children with such intensity. Family was very important to him.
Mike is survived by his 3 children Nahlaya, Irie and Michael David III, his parents Michael and Delana Banks, brother-Christopher Thomas Banks, maternal grandparents Thomas and Barbara Powell, paternal grandparents Audrey Banks (Fred Banks Sr – deceased) , his Aunts Lavendar Powell and Angela Banks, his Uncle Fred Banks II – deceased, first cousins, Amia Akwiwu, Brenda Banks, Fred Banks III and countless number of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Guestbook


Posted by:
Corleon

Posted on:
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mike was an amazing human and an even better friend. I can't help but think about all the laughs we had as friends growing up. I was deeply saddened by the news and felt even worse knowing I couldn't make it to say goodbye. I'll always cherish the memories and fun times with him.

Posted by:
Carolyn-Clark Johnson

Posted on:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Dear Family You have my deepest sympathy. I will continue to keep you in my daily prayers asking GOD to comfort and keep you in His perfect Peace. God Bless You, Cousin Carolyn-Clark Johnson

Posted by:
Drew Gollias (Then Coach Dianovsky)

Posted on:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

So saddened to learn of this horrible news. I was blessed to coach Michael for his 8th grade basketball season. Michael was soft spoken, kind, and had a great sense of humor. When competition started he flipped the switch and was an unbelievably talented athlete. He was a leader on one of the best teams Eastview ever had. He brought joy to a team through his hard work and playfulness. He brought joy to the whole community as we were able to watch him in high school on one of the best high school teams Bartlett ever had. I can still see him running up and down the court and so many familiar faces literally jumping for joy when they became sectional champions- it still brings a smile to my heart. I pray for mercy, grace and healing for the Banks family. Thank you Banks family for sharing such a wonderful child.

Posted by:
Pam Hailey

Posted on:
Monday, September 14, 2020

Mike, Delana and Chris, we are heartbroken about the loss of Michael Jr. We have such great memories of the boys playing Hurricane Football, traveling to NIU for Super Bowls and game nights at your house. We are praying that God will give you continued strength. Sending much love and virtual hugs! Vincent, Pam, Jordan and Bria Hailey

Posted by:
Areta Reid

Posted on:
Monday, September 14, 2020

Dear Michael and Delana My heart is broken over the death of Michael. I have so many memories of him as a baby, a toddler and becoming a big boy starting school. I was so proud of him because I was able to teach him to spell his name before he was two years old. He was a very smart little boy. Thanks Mike and Delana for the opportunity to care and teach your son from a baby until he went to kindergarten. May our Father in heaven hold you through this very difficult time. Michael will always hold a special place in my heart. Prayer and love to your family.

Posted by:
RalphDiBenedetto

Posted on:
Saturday, September 12, 2020

To Mike's family all DiBenedetto's are very saddened and shocked by the loss of Michael. I truly enjoyed coaching Michael in football and basketball. Very good player but more importantly a terrific young man. You are all in our prayers. A very sad time for all of us. Ralph

Posted by:
Dennis Bednarz

Posted on:
Saturday, September 12, 2020

I’m so deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Michael’s passing. Words can’t express how devastating of a blow the world is without him in it. Though it has been many years since I’ve known Mike, I still think back to the many memories I have of him and his commitment on the basketball court and his warming comedic personality he shared with all of us off the court. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

Posted by:
Sam & Linda Fantauzzo

Posted on:
Saturday, September 12, 2020

“It’s with our deepest condolences and there are no words I’m sure that can give you the peace you deserve! We have the fondest of memories watching as he grew up being neighbors and a good friend to our son Sammy. Our hearts go out to you and the entire family for your loss. So unfair and senseless. We hope that you find some solace in the memories of a great young man you raised. Please let us know if there’s anything at all we can do. Sam & Linda Fantauzzo ”

Posted by:
Philip Church

Posted on:
Friday, September 11, 2020

It was devastating to hear the news of Mike's passing. Although years separated us the memories haven't faded. Mike was a constant inspiration to his teammates and to myself. I can still hear his laughter echoing in the gymnasium and will have fond memories of him sporting his weighted vest to run sprints during practice. My thoughts and prayers to Mike's family and especially his children.