Mr. Ernest Bantos

09/24/1938 - 11/05/2020


Mr. Ernest Bantos, age 82, of Tanglewood Shores Subdivision, Bracey, VA, died on Thursday November 5, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Bantos was a retired Gunnery Sergeant with the United States Marine Corp, with twenty years of service, a Vietnam Veteran, a founding member of the Marine Corp League 1085 - Lake Country detachment, a member of the American Legion Post 79, South Hill Moose Lodge, a member of Prospect United Methodist Church and an avid golfer. Mr. Bantos is survived by his wife, Mary S. Bantos of Bracey; His three daughters: Erika Bell and her husband Andrew of California, Debbie Morgan of Greenville, NC and Katrina Manning and her husband Andrew of Bracey; His six grandchildren: Jessica, Austin, Hannah, Lena, Payton and Caroline; his two sisters: Loretta Linebarrier of Asheboro, NC and Peggy Markos of Lynn, Mass.; his two brothers: Charles Bantos of Davie, FL and Nicky Kalelis of Fort Lauderdale, FL and his step-mother, Eleni Martin. Mr. Bantos was preceded in death by his parents: Chris Martin and Anne King; his daughter, Pauline Bantos; his son, Kres Bantos and his brother, James Martin. A celebration of life service will be conducted on Monday November 9th at 11:00 A.M. in Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will receive friends starting at 10:00 A.M. until service time. Interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery with United States Marine Corp Military Honors. Online condolences may be sent through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Bantos family.

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  1. I am so very sorry to have seen this. I had no idea until today. Mary and Katrina there are no words to comfort such a loss. I do know that Ernie dearly loved yall qnd wanted everyone around him to smile and enjoy life. I hope that you can find peace and enjoyment in life as this new way of life unfolds. We love yall. Again…so sorry

  2. Friends

    Mary, Katrina, Andrew and girls
    We have thought about you so many times over the last few days. I have tried so many times to get myself situated in the kitchen to fix a banana pudding for Eddie to bring to you but I just couldn’t make it but I really want you to know you have all been on our mind and hearts.
    Much love,
    Eddie and Patricia

  3. With loving memories

    Mary, I will never forget how you and Ernie reached out to me during my darkest hour. I stand ready to help healing for you, Katrina, Andrew and the girls. My prayers to all of you.

  4. Capt. USMC (Ret)

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences from Dora and I to Mary and family. It was great working with Ernie in the early days of Lake Country Detachment, Marine Corps League.

  5. Tender thoughts and prayers for Ernie's Family

    Our deepest condolences for the family. May God give you strength during this difficult time and may you find peace in celebrating Ernie’s life. I’m reflecting on time spent with Ernie and Mary not long ago and can’t help but smile because the interaction with Ernie was always lighthearted and endearing. Hugs Mary.

  6. CWO-3 USMC (Ret)

    Rest in peace my brother, my fellow Marine. We worked hard and played hard! Take charge while guarding the gates in Heaven and kick butt as you did as an active duty Marine! Semper-Fi brother, now you can rest!

  7. Semper Fi Ernie

    Deepest sympathies and condolences from Elaine and I to Mary, Katrina and all the family I will always remember Ernie with great affection. We worked so well together in the early days of Lake Country Detachment 1085, Marine Corps League. I shall miss him a lot.



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