William Donald ‘Donnie’ Lanier, 62, of Wilmington, left this world on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, to be with his Lord and Savior and to be reunited with his mother, Pearl Maree, and his son, William Alan Lanier.
He was born on April 3, 1953, in Wilmington. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 14 years, Donna Fields Lanier; a very loving and devoted friend, Julie Barnes; brother, Benny ‘Tump’ Lanier; sister, Maggie Day Kobierowski; and many nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ellis ‘Shaver’ Lanier and Tom Lanier; and one sister, Marian Dale Lanier.
Donnie was owner and operated Wilmington Paint and Body Shop for many years. Donnie was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, earning their highest honor, the Pilgrim Degree of Merit. Donnie served as administrator for several years at the Wilmington and Oak Island Lodge. Donnie’s true passion was karate, which he taught at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club. He was a second degree black belt earned under Larry Brown.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Andrew Valley Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Andrews Valley Chapel. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the many loving caregivers at Autumn Care, where they have made some lifetime friends.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Donnie’s memory, can make donations to hospiceandlifecarecenter.org.
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