3219 South Main Street Anderson, SC 29624

Carolyn Smith Banister March 2, 1933 - May 2, 2023

Date of Funeral

May 9, 2023

The morning of Tuesday, May 2, 2023, our mother, Carolyn Smith Banister, went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

Born in Anderson County on March 2, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Albert J. Smith and Essie McKee Smith. She attended Word Tabernacle for many years with her beloved husband of 71 years, the late Gerald Banister.

She is survived by two children: David Banister (Debra) and Cindy Rousey (James); grandchildren: Travis Rousey (Jamie), Keri Rousey and Elle Banister; a very special great-grandson, Greyson; extended family: Tenna and Jerry “Bebo” Bendenbaugh; special sister in laws and brother in laws; many special nieces, nephews, and cousins that she adored and loved to spend time with.

She is preceded in death by her four brothers: Alvin, Harold, Ken and Mac Smith, as well as her sister and closest friend: Ruth Timmerman.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Tuesday May 9, 2023, at the Sosebee Mortuary South Chapel and will be officiated by Pastor Gene Williams. Interment will follow at South Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 12pm to 2pm, prior to the service Tuesday at the Mortuary.

Special thanks to Sara Crocker who worked tirelessly in helping to make Mom’s last days in Hospice Care very comfortable. Our special appreciation to Margaret Whitten and Judy Tilley who helped us all so much in providing care of Mom while she was home. We are grateful beyond measure to the staff at Hospice of the Upstate (Rainey House), we will never forget your sincere kindness and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Upstate (Rainey House), 1835 Rogers Road Anderson SC 29621.

The Sosebee Mortuary and Crematory South Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


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    Linda Bannister says

    Beautiful as a young woman that loved her Heavenly Father, husband, and family more than anything. Always kind, caring, and giving. She never would ask for anything more than something she really needed. One late night, she came to the hospital, several years ago to help in any way she could to a dying lady that was in critical condition. Her love and support for me and my sick mother shall remain in my heart forever. Having to work the next day, she went to work. Her love and calmness were worth everything and got us through a rough night. She would help anyone, would love, and find the best in you. Thank you, my precious sister-in-law, now you have all the rewards you have earned. Know you have a very special place in our hearts and we shall miss you dearly until we are together again. May God make you a special angel in heaven. Linda & Doyle


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    Rosalyn L. Carnes says

    Sending love and many prayers.
    Dinky and Rossie Carnes

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    Lisa/Wanda Bannister says

    Cindy, David, and family: We love y’all so much and are sending prayers for comfort. Aunt Carolyn was probably the kindest person I ever met and she will be deeply missed.

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