Tate Aggies Football Banquet Honors Student Athlete Killed In Crash; Mom Addresses Attendees

January 13, 2019

“God’s got this.”

The mother of Sean Banks, Davisa Banks, addressed players, coaches and families Saturday night during the annual Tate High School football banquet.

She said she taught her children to do things the right way the first time and offered comfort to the Aggie family.

The Tate High School football program paused to honor Banks Saturday night during the football banquet. Banks was killed, along with his older sister Antoinette McCoy in an alleged DUI crash early Saturday morning.

“He was a special young man,” Tate Aggies Head Coach Jay Lindsey said during the banquet at Hillcrest Baptist Church. He said no other player will wear Sean’s #53 jersey. The number has been retired.

The jersey and Sean’s photo were at the front of the room, just off stage right, in memorial.

One by one, players hugged mom Davisa Banks and offered their support.

The Tate Quarterback Club released the following statement:

“Our hearts are broken to learn that Sean Banks, star varsity football player #53, and his sister Antoinette McCoy, died from injuries sustained in a car crash in the early morning hours of January 12th. This young man will forever live in our hearts. Sean was a hardworking student (3.91 GPA) with an enthusiastic view on life, and his smile was as bright as the sun. He was also a basketball and baseball player at Tate High School.

“Antoinette was Sean’s oldest sister, and his biggest fan! She was a sweet, thoughtful girl, full of life and light; she touched the lives of everyone she met.

“May God look down upon this family, and bless them during this time of grief and sorrow. Keep them in your prayers.”

Sean Banks also played basketball and baseball, was a member of the Tate Academic Team and was recently named a Tate Student of the Month.


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Pictured top: A memorial for Sean Banks Saturday night at the Tate High School football banquet. Pictured top inset: Sean Banks’ mother Davisa Banks addresses the attendees. Below: Players hugged Davis Banks and offered their support. Pictured bottom: Head coach Jay Lindsey looks toward Banks as he spoke Saturday night.  Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


12 Responses to “Tate Aggies Football Banquet Honors Student Athlete Killed In Crash; Mom Addresses Attendees”

  1. Pam on January 15th, 2019 3:15 pm

    My daughter works nights at Navy Federal and worked 15 minutes later than she normally would have. The wreck had just happened when she came by on her way home. This could have been her. My heart is so broken for the lose of your babies. May God give you strength and understanding through this tragic time.

  2. Laura on January 14th, 2019 1:02 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

  3. Mr. Banks on January 14th, 2019 10:56 am

    My wife is the strongest person I have ever met. Throughout this entire ordeal, as always, she has been the rock where I have trouble keeping it together. While this tragic incident has rocked our family. We have accepted that it was by babies’s time and know the Lord makes no mistakes. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support that everyone has shown our family.

  4. Sheila on January 13th, 2019 8:18 pm

    In response to Charlotte Bates comment…

    “Antoinette was Sean’s oldest sister, and his biggest fan! She was a sweet, thoughtful girl, full of life and light; she touched the lives of many”.
    This is a report about his school honoring him. However they mentioned she was also involved in this tragic accident. As well as the above statement.

  5. Dana on January 13th, 2019 6:41 pm

    Praying for this family. My heart aches for everyone involved.

  6. Destaney on January 13th, 2019 6:31 pm

    This happened right in my front yard, that car could have flipped once more and been in my two young son’s bedroom. I met and hugged the mother and greeted her husband! They are truly storng God driven people. They’re left with their youngest child. I can’t imagine going from 3 children to 1 in the blink of an eye. I’m grieving as well. It could have been more fatalities than this. I’m so sorry to everyone that is affected. If you want to stop by and pay homage to those 2 lives lost feel free, you can park in our driveways, no one will say anything. God bless.

  7. Charlotte Bates on January 13th, 2019 11:28 am

    This is so sad. And what an incredible young man. However, what about his sister? I don’t see anything about her on here. I’m sure she deserves some recognition as well. Praying for this family. May God be with you during this most difficult time.

  8. Mr. Metoo on January 13th, 2019 10:31 am

    She has to be one strong mother to encourage others in what has to be the most devastating time. Losing her children and stepping up to speak on the same day. I don’t know her but I teared up while reading this.Her faith in God is true.

  9. Concerned on January 13th, 2019 10:24 am

    So sorry for the loss to this family. I will pray for comfort for your family. May God bless you.

  10. Concerned citizen on January 13th, 2019 9:22 am

    Wow while everyone else is at a loss and heartbroken this guy is out of jail at home on the couch watching tv

  11. The Baggetts on January 13th, 2019 9:03 am

    Prayers to everyone, especially this family. What a Christ-filled woman this mother is. There is no other way you could stand before your son’s teammates and have this kind of testimony without allowing Jesus to take control. Your testimony will be remembered! My family and I will pray for your continued faith and strength, and we will also pray for the young man and his family who now must live with the consequences of this whole situation.

    “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”-Psalm 30:5.

  12. Anne on January 13th, 2019 7:26 am

    Oh My Goodness, what a beautiful manner to honor the entire team, parents and this very special young man and his sister.
    Faith, Family, Unity and Moving Forward.
    A terrible loss and a strong message passed along to us all.
    Wishing the Peace that passes all understanding.
    Love and Hugs.

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