Chris Banakas
Chris Banakas
Full Name:  Chris Banakas
     Born:  August 8, 1924 in Albany, Ga
     Died:  December 15, 2014 in Pensacola, Fl
   School:  Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida
            Florida in Gainesville, Florida


FSU Career
Football
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1947  50  E       5-11 181  So   *   Pensacola                   
1948  52  RE      6-0  183  Jr   *   Pensacola                   
1949  52  RE      6-0  188  Sr   *   Pensacola                   
Baseball
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  B  T  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1948      OF      6-0  187        So       Pensacola             


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Obituary for Chris Banakas
Published in Pensacola News Journal on Dec. 18, 2014

Chris Banakas
1924-2014

Chris Banakas, 90 years old, went home to be with The Lord on December 15, 2014. He was born in Albany, GA on August 8, 1924. His family moved to Pensacola in 1942. Chris joined the Army, without finishing high school, and served in WWII from 1943-1945. When he returned from the war, Chris finished his education and became a graduate of Florida State University in 1950, later he obtained his Masters of Education. During his years at FSU, Chris played on FSU's first football team and participated in the Flying High Circus as a "deadpan" clown. After graduation, Chris met and married the love of his life Melba Lowry. They were happily married for 64 years.

He began his 38 year career as an Educator at Escambia High School, a job at which he excelled and dearly loved. First as a teacher and coach, then he worked his way through Dean, Assistant Principal, Principal, then later at the County Office as Director of Transportation and Maintenance and finally retiring as the Director of the Book Depository. His early years in Education earned him the nickname of "Coach." He touched so many different lives during his career that even at 90, adults would still affectionately address him as "Coach".

In 1961, Chris joined the First Baptist Church of Pensacola. He quickly found a loving and caring group of people that influenced the remainder of his life. Chris' love of cooking for others lead him to many different ventures from the "Challenger Banquet" to feeding the homeless. He often said that God didn't gift him with the talent of "voice" but instead gave him the talent to feed people and that was his way of witness.

All his life he loved people. In his later years, his sense of humor found root and became legendary. He could always be counted on to relate to his friends a humorous story. He loved to make people smile and laugh. Chris was a "Depression Child" and learned early not to take anything for granted. He valued his relationship with God, his church and his family. One of his favorite stories was about getting a brand new pair of shoes, they didn't match, one was brown and one was blue, but that didn't matter, they were his. He said not everyone had a "new" pair of shoes to wear to school.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Catherine Baniakas; his brother, George and his sister, Helen Melton.

He survived by his wife, Melba L. Banakas; daughter, Kathryn Edman (Gregory); his grandchildren, James G. Edman and Jessica L. Edman; a brother, Perry Banakas and sister Rebecca McAuthur.



FSU Statistics
Football
Season Statistics
Defense
         |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
Year  GP |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
1947     |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1948     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 3   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1949     |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  2 |  12
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot    0 |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 3   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  2 |  12
Offense/Kick and Punt Returns
         |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
Year  GP |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
1947     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
1948     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   5   89 17.8  0     |   0-  0 - 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   89
1949     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   7  137 19.6  2 37t |   0-  0 - 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  137
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot    0 |   0    0  0.0  0     |  12  226 18.8  2 37t |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  226
Punting and Kicking
         |            Punting             |                       Kicking
Year  GP |  no   yds  avg lg tb fc i20 bk | fgm-fga   pct 01-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 lg   kick
---------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
1948     |            0.0                 |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0   0- 3
---------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Tot    0 |   0     0  0.0  0  0  0   0  0 |   0-0   0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0   0-3
Football
Game Participation
                            |      Starts
1947                        | GP  Off  Def
----------------------------|--------------
Oct 18 STETSON              |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 14 CUMBERLAND           |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 22 TENNESSEE TECH       |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 27 TROY STATE           |  1  RE   RE  
Dec  6 JACKSONVILLE STATE   |  1  RE   RE  
----------------------------|--------------
Tot                         |  5   5    5

                            |      Starts
1948                        | GP  Off  Def
----------------------------|--------------
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 16 ERSKINE COLLEGE      |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 23 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 30 STETSON              |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 13 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE  |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 20 LIVINGSTON STATE     |  1  RE   RE  
Dec  4 TAMPA                |  1  RE   RE  
----------------------------|--------------
Tot                         |  7   7    7

                            |      Starts
1949                        | GP  Off  Def
----------------------------|--------------
Oct  8 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE  |  1           
Oct 22 SEWANEE              |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 29 STETSON              |  1  RE   RE  
Nov  5 LIVINGSTON STATE     |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 12 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 18 TAMPA                |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 26 TROY STATE           |  1           
Jan  2 WOFFORD COLLEGE      |  1           
----------------------------|--------------
Tot                         |  8   5    5

----------------------------|--------------
Career Tot                  | 20  17   17
Football
Game Statistics
                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1947                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Oct 18 STETSON              |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  1-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  1-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  0 |   0

                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1948                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 3    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 3    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  0 |   0

                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1949                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Nov 12 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  1-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  1 |   6
Nov 26 TROY STATE           |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  1 |   6
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  1-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  2 |  12

                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1947                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Oct 18 STETSON              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0

                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1948                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0

                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1949                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Nov 12 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  1     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0
Nov 26 TROY STATE           |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  1     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  2     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0

                            |            Punting             |                       Kicking
1947                        |  no   yds  avg lg tb fc i20 bk | fgm-fga   pct 01-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 lg  kick
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Oct 18 STETSON              |   0       0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0     0- 0
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Tot                         |   0     0 0.0   0  0  0   0  0 |   0-0   0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 0
                            |            Punting             |                       Kicking
1948                        |  no   yds  avg lg tb fc i20 bk | fgm-fga   pct 01-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 lg  kick
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |   0       0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 3
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Tot                         |   0     0 0.0   0  0  0   0  0 |   0-0   0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 3
                            |            Punting             |                       Kicking
1949                        |  no   yds  avg lg tb fc i20 bk | fgm-fga   pct 01-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 lg  kick
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Nov 12 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |   0     0 0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 0
Nov 26 TROY STATE           |   0     0 0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 0
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Tot                         |   0     0 0.0   0  0  0   0  0 |   0-0   0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 0
Baseball
Batting Statistics
YEAR   AVG  GP  GS   AB  R   H   2B  3B  HR RBI  TB   SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB% SF SH  SB ATT
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1948  .154   4   3   13   0   2   1   0   0   1    3  .231   0       0      .154         0    
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Tot   .154   4   3   13   0   2   1   0   0   1    3  .231   0   0   0   0  .154  0  0   0   0
Fielding Statistics
Year   PO  AST  E   FLD%  DP
----------------------------
1948    2    0  0  1.000    
----------------------------
Tot     2    0  0  1.000   0
Baseball
Game Statistics
1948
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar 29 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE    7  .250  1 RF   4   0   1 1          0   2                      0   1    0   
Mar 30 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE    5  .250  1 RF   4   0   1            1   1                      0   0    0   
Apr  9 ROLLINS COLLEGE        3a .222  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0   0    0   
Apr 10 ROLLINS COLLEGE        5  .154  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0                      0   1    0   
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                                 .154  4  3  13   0   2  1  0  0   1   3  0   0  0  0  0  0   0    2   0  0