Funeral arrangements have been set for Cleophus Banks Jr., the father of Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks and a member of the Jaguars Athletic Hall of Fame.
The elder Banks, who also was the grandfather of Southern guard Trelun Banks, died last week in Shreveport after a brief illness. He was 71.
The funeral will be in Shreveport at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Springs Baptist Church, 702 West 71st St. Interment will follow at Lincoln Cemetery. Banks, who was an ordained deacon, will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Peter B.C., 533 E. Dalzell St., with family hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter B.C.
Banks, a son of the late Cleophus Banks Sr. and Roberta Hill Banks, was the fourth of seven children.
He was a standout basketball and baseball player at Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, graduating in 1963 and earning scholarships to Southern in both sports.
Banks played on a Jaguars team that reached the quarterfinals of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament in 1965. He was inducted into the Southern University Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda Banks; sons Roman, Charlton Daryl Sample and Carlos Sample; daughters Capathia Banks Givens and Bridget Stewart; brother Donald Banks and sisters Johnnie Thomas, Dorothy Lynch, Rosie Mays, Bobbie (Albert) Lattier, Etta Royster and Debra Banks.