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June Elizabeth Banner

bannerJune Elizabeth Banner, age 90, of Erwin, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Center on Aging and Health in Erwin, TN. A native of Erwin, she was born on July 1, 1926 and was a beloved daughter of the late James Monroe Banner and Gladys Smith Banner. June was a graduate of Unicoi County High School. She hand painted pottery at Southern Pottery during the summer and attended Johnson City Business College. In 1945, she was employed by Carbide and Carbon Corporation in Oak Ridge, TN, at the K-25 Plant. She transferred to the Carbides Nuclear plant in Paducah, KY in 1949. In 1952, she moved to Chillicothe, OH and was employed by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation’s Executive Vice President. In 1959, she returned to Erwin and that fall she was employed by the TVA’s Legal Division in Knoxville, TN while also attending classes at UT Knoxville. June retired in 1987 and after retirement, divided her time between Erwin and Knoxville, as she helped take care of her mother. She resided at her home place in Erwin for several years. June loved her wildlife: deer, turkeys, rabbits and even bears who wandered into her yard. She loved Simon, her cockatiel friend who brought much laughter and joy to her life for the past 25 years. June was a mother to many children in her family and in neighboring families. She will always be remembered by the love she expressed to these children, whom she helped through the good times and the bad times of their lives. In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by three sisters: Nell Smith, Myrtle Lewis and Maude Nanney; seven brothers: Charlie, Floyd, Boyd, Donald, Bob, David and Alton Wayne Banner.


June Elizabeth Banner has left behind to cherish her memories:

Sister: Juanita Mathes, of Unicoi;

Brothers: Bill Banner, of Erwin;

Marvin Banner, of Flint, MI;

Two Beloved Friends: Julia Lloyd;

Eva Sue Hicks;

Several nieces, nephews and cousins.


The family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care rendered to June at the Center on Aging and Health, by the outstanding nurses and caregivers of Caris Hospice, by Dr. Jason Colinger and the caring staff who took time to help her know she was cared for. Also, to Dr. Nathan Floyd and staff at the Regional Cancer Center, Dr. Celso Ebeo, Johnson City Medical Center, Dr. Gordon Moughon in Erwin and to all the kind nurses who became our friends and support system. May God bless each of you.


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of June Elizabeth Banner in a committal service to be at 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Martins Creek Cemetery. Pastor Jeremy Dykes will officiate.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on Facebook at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of June Elizabeth Banner through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.