Hart Anderson Banahan died peacefully in the home of Deborah and John Banahan in Pascagoula, Mississippi on November 5, 2018. She was born in Flora Mississippi on February 12, 1933, the daughter of John R. Anderson and Rebecca Hart Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Michael Banahan. She is survived by her three children, Rebecca Banahan Avery of Oxford, Benjamin Franklin Banahan III of Oxford, John Anderson Banahan and his wife Deborah Chamberlin Banahan of Pascagoula, her brother, John Robinson Anderson Jr. and his wife Susan Davis Anderson of Flora. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Andy Banahan (Mary), Justin Avery, Christin Avery, Meg Banahan, Jessica Banahan McNeel (Taylor), Johnny Banahan (Taylor), Abigail Banahan Wills (Calen), and ten great-grandchildren. She is survived by her former spouse Benjamin Franklin Banahan Jr. of Rocksprings, Texas.
Hart was a beautiful and caring mother whose love for life transcended the generations of her family and friends. After marrying her high school sweetheart Ben Banahan and raising three children, she worked as a realtor before becoming a bookkeeper for the Currie Johnson & Meyers law firm, where she worked until age 82. She loved her extended family at the firm. She was an active member for many years at the Jackson Yacht Club and loved sailing. She and her former husband Ben with eleven other families were founders of Jackson Academy.
Hart was a world class cook and took great delight in filling her home with family members. Her sharp wit and beautiful smile could light up a room. She epitomized Southern charm. She lived and died with great dignity. The illness she confronted during the last six months of her life made her world smaller but did not diminish her laughter or love for family and friends. She and the family were thankful to all who visited and provided care during her last days and the care she received at Singing River Hospital, particularly the wonderful treatment provided and compassion shown by Dr. Randy Roth and Dr. Teresa Williamson and the staff from Kare in Home.
A Eucharist celebrating Hart's life will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Chapel of the Cross in Madison Mississippi at 1 PM. The family will receive friends prior to the service in the parish hall, beginning at 11:30 AM. Interment will be at the Flora Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson or to St. John's Episcopal Church in Pascagoula. Condolences may be expressed online at www.obryantokeefe.com.