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Wallace Everett Banks, Jr. was a beloved young man of 41 years who made his welcomed debut (April 10, 1982) as the 1st child of Andrea Wright Banks and the late Wallace Banks, Sr., and made his unexpected transition from this side of his life’s journey (August 22, 2023). Everett’s life story had many wonderful chapters.
Everett loved God! He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at an early age in life (Mount Ararat Baptist, Pittsburgh, 1987)
He truly enjoyed church-life as a member of First Baptist Church, Harrisburg, PA
As a youngster, he loved participating and “ranking up” as an eager Boy Scout of America, as well as being an esteemed member of various debate and literary clubs.
Enjoying school, he attended Central Dauphin High School (Harrisburg, PA) where he graduated in the class of 2000.
Everett was always described by his teachers as being an exceptionally articulate student, a scholar and a high-achiever— a rare high school student who could proudly boast of a near perfect College Board SAT score.
He matriculated from his secondary education to his college journey at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (with very high goals that he endeavored to reach).
Like so many young men, he could not get enough of competitive sports; he enjoyed and played basketball in school.
Everett was a relentless fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia 76’ers.
He loved spending many summer-time Lumberton visits out at the Hilly Branch farm with his treasured Grandma Georgeva and his cousins.
At age 12, he began to know other parts of the world by traveling internationally with his grandmother, Georgeva Wright, and his Uncle Carson: Paris, St. Tropez, Rome, Pisa, and Florence. He made a strong impression on the Europeans who were captivated by his charm and intellect.
Along with being an avid reader (sci-fi/fantasy as his favorite genres), he enjoyed the field of movie production (Carlitos Way and Momento were two favorites) and also music gurus such as JayZ. Being raised in an environment where he was exposed to various musical genres, he developed a deep appreciation for and love of rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, and classical music.
As an Adult Ed-GED Tutor during the last 10-15 years of his life, he helped numerous people achieve that important HS milestone.
He also served in community service projects and was active in nationally-affiliated organizations (such as Jack & Jill of America, Harrisburg, PA Chapter).
He is survived by and leaves endearing memories to lean on by his mother Andrea Wright-Banks Zuniga (Lumberton), his brother John St Clair Zuniga (Miami, FL), his sister Tracie Banks Ruther (Robert – Cary, NC), his grandmother Georgeva Wright (Lumberton), along with his beloved aunt Cynthia Wright Richard (Phoenix, AR), and 1st cousin Keith Richard (Lumberton). Everett also leaves behind his late father Wallace Sr.’s brothers and sister: His beloved Pittsburgh, PA family members - - ‘Uncle Popa’ (Wynorris Banks), ‘Uncle Chief’ (William Banks) and aunt Finisha Banks.
He will be dearly missed by his “cousin-uncles and his cousin-aunts” who were always present at every stage, phase and destination of his life and journey. He was lovingly adored and cherished by them - - aunt Demetria Taylor (uncle Joe), aunt Jenifer Harvey (uncle Ron), aunt Celestinia Bazemore (uncle Ed), uncle Carson Phillips, aunt Barbara Samson, and aunt Belinda Davis-Branch.
A host of treasured nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends, and lifelong mentors will miss him beyond measure.
Everett’s life story has come to its closing chapter. Everett is a rose petal that has fallen, but will never fall from the hearts of those who were blessed to raise him, know him, support him, and most importantly — love him.
And we now joyfully affirm that he now takes his rest in …
the total, everlasting light and peace of God.
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