A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, March 24, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for Deacon Marshall D. Banks. Deacon Banks, 78, passed away Sunday, March 11.

A native of Richmond, Deacon Banks earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University and a master’s degree in chemistry from Howard University. He received the doctor of medicine degree in 1970 from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.

Following residencies in Hawaii and New York, and following completion of a urological residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, he joined the academic staff of the school as a full-time assistant professor of urology, and rose to the rank of associate professor. He returned to Richmond to open a private practice in adult and pediatric urology.

In 1998, he began studying Catholic theology, earning a bachelor’s degree from St. Meinrad Archabbey College and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Ind. In 2003, he was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Richmond by Bishop Walter F. Sullivan and was assigned to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where he served until his death.

Following retirement from his urology practice in 2006, Deacon Banks devoted more time to his diaconal ministry. He preached, baptized, performed marriages, presided at funerals and accepted other responsibilities assigned to him.

Deacon Banks is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathy; sons Marshall II (Primo), Martainn (Anita), and Matthieu; granddaughter, Olivia; and siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place, Richmond 23220, with all proceeds going to the parish’s outreach to the poor and needy in Richmond.