Frederick Allen Banks Sr.

Frederick Allen Banks Sr. was born on December 13, 1936 in Chillicothe, Ohio to parents Hobert and Marie Banks. He attended Reed Elementary, Barrett Middle and South High school in Columbus, Ohio. Frederick married Delores Jean Poindexter in 1962 and fathered 6 children Laura, Gerald, Vernon, Gayle, Phillip and Frederick Jr.

Fred, as known by family and friends was a very active Entrepreneur in the community. His endeavors began in 1970 as the heart and soul behind the successful non-profit Social Service Program, Metropolitan Hall in Columbus, Ohio. In the 1980’s – 90s, Fred owned a Community Thrift Store and Home Remodeling Company. He was employed by Columbus Food Services from 2014 up until his passing.
Fred was known for his selfless compassion for others and the needy. In 1988, Fred received an award from The Columbus chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was honored for his Human Community Service for the Social & Economically Disadvantaged Persons. He was notably recognized by former City Councilman Otto Beatty Jr. and received countless awards throughout his career.

Fred LOVED to travel visiting many cities and countries including Russia and Alaska. He enjoyed reading, fishing, driving his boat. He loved his cats and beloved dog “Mat”. Fred always had a big smile for everyone he met. He loved people and had a heart of gold.

Frederick passed away peacefully on July 6, 2019 at the age of 82 years old. Frederick is proceeded in death by his parents; Hobert & Marie, his brothers; Eugene & George (Fuzzy), Sisters; Marjorie & Mrytle, wife; Delores, and son Gerald (Jerry).

Frederick Sr. is survived by daughters Laura Poindexter and Gayle Poindexter, sons Phillip (Phillina) Poindexter, Vernon Poindexter and Frederick Banks Jr. all of Columbus, Ohio. He is survived by 19 grandchildren a host of great and great-great grandchildren, cousins, family, friends and longtime companion Betty Tucker and family.

Visitation 11:00am Funeral 12:00pm Friday, July 12, 2019 at the MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 Livingston Ave.

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery

Condolence Messages

  1. My name is Lori Dukes. Fred Banks was fundamental in the raising of my son Devin Dukes, he may have not been related to Devin by Blood but he’s the only father that Devin ever knew. He gave selflessly to me and to my son of his time and his love. I think of Fred as a father figure to myself as well. He was kind, patient and loving to us both. There will never be another like Fred he was amazing , brilliant and kind-hearted man. He always had a smile on his face even when times got tough. He will never be forgotten and always be loved. Rest in peace Fred

  2. Jennifer Wotring

    Sending my deepest condolences to your friends and family. My kindergarten students and I looked forward to seeing “Mr. Fred” every day as he served them lunch. I always remember that warm, friendly smile.

  3. My condolences to his children and his partner Betty Tucker ,Fred was a Happy person that love to keep the peace with love,and understanding he would do it with that Big Smile he had for everybody.RIH my friend I know u resting with the King!it was a blessing to know such a wise man like you!!

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