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Clarence Venton Banner, age 87, of Erwin, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at the Center on Aging and Health. He was a native of Sullivan County and a son of the late Guard E. and Clara Ford Banner.
Mr. Banner was an avid worker and member of Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was known as the Tag Man. He enjoyed collecting and restoring tags and showing them at the Erwin Autorama.
He was a WWII Veteran having served as a scout in the U.S. Army, having fought in the islands of the Pacific. He was employed by Johnson City Water Treatment Plant in Limestone Cove, was co-owner of Erwin Auto Sales and Erwin Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge. He was also an accomplished welder.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Banner was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred E. Edwards and brothers, Robert “Bob” Banner and Kenneth Banner.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years: Eva Elizabeth Brown Banner of Erwin; sisters: Hazel M. Banner of Mims, Fla., Glenna Rae Banner Ammons and husband, Richard, of Titusville, Fla.; many nieces and nephews and special friend: Todd Woodson of White Pine, Tenn.
Funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. The Rev. Earl Ragland officiated. Vocal selections were provided by the Rev. James Hughes, Jamie Hughes and the Wisecarver’s.
A military graveside service followed at Evergreen Cemetery with the Tennessee National Guard providing military honors.
Serving as active pallbearers were Rodger Banner, Wayne Day, Larry Edwards, John Wright Jr., Dennis Peterson, and Harold Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Brown, J.M. Pate, Howard Ollis, and Park Arrowood.
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Valley Funeral Home was in charge.